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ProZinc Insulin for Dogs and Cats 20mL
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ProZinc is a protamine zinc insulin prescribed by veterinarians to help support the insulin levels of diabetic cats and dogs. It typically affects your pet for 10-14 hours at a time, which helps to keep their blood glucose level consistent throughout the day. It contains recombinant DNA that mimics human insulin, so it helps to control your pet's diabetic symptoms and keeps them comfortable. ProZinc Insulin requires refrigeration and must be kept at refrigerator temperatures at all times. To ensure proper temperature, it requires overnight shipping at an additional cost.
Cats and Dogs
How it works:
Like other insulins, ProZinc controls blood glucose by stimulating carbohydrate metabolism in heart, bone and fat tissue, helping these cells to use glucose for energy.
Store in an upright position under refrigeration at 36–46°F. Do not freeze. Protect from light.
How to Use:USE OF A SYRINGE OTHER THAN A U-40 SYRINGE WILL RESULT IN INCORRECT DOSING. FOR SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTION ONLY. DO NOT SHAKE OR AGITATE THE VIAL. PROZINC (protamine zinc recombinant human insulin) should be mixed by gently rolling the vial prior to withdrawing each dose from the vial. Once mixed, PROZINC suspension has a white, cloudy appearance. Clumps or visible white particles can form in insulin suspensions: do not use the product if clumps or visible white particles persist after gently rolling the vial. Using a U-40 insulin syringe, the injection should be administered subcutaneously on the back of the neck or on the side of the cat or dog. FOR CATS: The initial recommended PROZINC dose is 0.1 - 0.3 IU insulin/pound of body weight (0.2 - 0.7 IU/kg) every 12 hours. The dose should be given concurrently with or right after a meal. The veterinarian should re-evaluate the cat at appropriate intervals and adjust the dose based on both clinical signs and glucose nadirs until adequate glycemic control has been attained. In the effectiveness field study, glycemic control was considered adequate if the glucose nadir from a 9-hour blood glucose curve was between 80 and 150 mg/dL and clinical signs of hyperglycemia such as polyuria, polydipsia, and weight loss were improved. Further adjustments in the dosage may be necessary with changes in the cats diet, body weight, or concomitant medication, or if the cat develops concurrent infection, inflammation, neoplasia, or an additional endocrine or other medical disorder. FOR DOGS: Starting dose: The recommended starting dose for PROZINC is 0.2-0.5 IU insulin/pound of body weight (0.5- 1.0 IU/kg) once daily. The recommended starting dose for naïve dogs is the lower end of the dose range. The recommended starting dose for dogs with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and transitioning from another insulin product is the mid to higher end of the dose range based on the veterinarians experience with the dogs medical history and previous insulin dose. When transitioning from another insulin, the dogs blood glucose and general condition should be closely monitored. When transitioning from another insulin, PROZINC should be started once daily, regardless of the frequency of prior insulin use. The dose should be given concurrently with or right after a meal. The veterinarian should reevaluate the dog at appropriate intervals and adjust the dose and frequency based on both clinical signs and laboratory test results (the blood glucose curve values and shape, nadir, and fructosamine) until adequate glycemic control has been attained. In the effectiveness field study, glycemic control was considered adequate if the glucose nadir from a 9-hour blood glucose curve was between 80 and 125 mg/dL, the maximum blood glucose was < 300 mg/dL, and clinical signs of hyperglycemia such as polyuria, polydipsia, or weight loss were improved. Changing to twice daily dosing: Twice daily dosing should be considered if the duration of insulin action is determined to be inadequate with once daily dosing. Use caution when adjusting from once daily to twice daily dosing because PROZINC may have prolonged duration of action in some dogs (see Clinical Pharmacology). The veterinarian should closely monitor the duration of action using blood glucose curves to avoid the increased risk of hypoglycemia. If twice daily dosing is initiated, the two doses should each be approximately 25% less than the once daily dose required to attain an acceptable glucose nadir. For example, if a dog receiving 10 units of PROZINC once daily has an acceptable nadir but inadequate duration of activity, the dose should be changed to 7 units twice daily (round down to the nearest whole unit). Further adjustments in the dosage may be necessary with changes in the dogs diet, body weight, or concomitant medication, or if the dog develops concurrent infection, inflammation, neoplasia, or an additional endocrine or other medical disorder.
Before using ProZinc you should have your vet the proper way to inject insulin. Your cat's injection should be given at feeding time or just afterward. Give the injections at the same time every day, approximately 12 hours apart to help your cat maintain the most stable blood glucose levels. The initial recommended dose is 0.1 - 0.3 IU insulin/pound of body weight (0.2-0.7 IU/kg) every 12 hours.
ProZinc can be given with other medications, but the dose may need to be adjusted due to the medication resulting in either increased or decreased insulin requirements. Do not give any other prescription or over the counter medications, including vitamins, minerals and herbal products, without first talking to your veterinarian or pharmacist during treatment with ProZinc.