Warning For Animals On Vetsulin Manufactured By Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

Recently, I received an e-mail alert from the FDA’s Center For Veterinary Medicine.  I believe it warrants sharing with people who love diabetic animals.  The injectable insulin product Vetsulin manufactured by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health may contain inconsistent amounts of crystalline zinc insulin.  This can result in either over or under dosing a patient on the medication. 

If your pet is on Vetsulin, watch closely for any changes in behavior.  In cases of hyperglycemia (too much sugar, not enough insulin) patients drink a lot of water and urinate often.  In hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar, too much insulin) the animal is lethargic.  If the sugar drops too low, the patient might seizure. 

I like Vetsulin a lot, especially for dogs.  So as a fan of the drug, I and many other veterinarians are hopeful that Intervet/Schering-Plough will succeed quickly in their efforts to correct the problem.  Until then, the responsible advice is to contact your veterinarian.  A change in treatment may or may not be appropriate for your pet’s particular circumstance.     

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.