Caninsulin

Caninsulin for cats and dogs is a veterinary insulin treatment used to treat diabetes in dogs and cats. It is available to buy from Pet Drugs Online as 10ml or 2.5ml vials for use with Caninsulin 0.5ml Syringes or Caninsulin VetPen cartridges.

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What is Caninsulin?

Caninsulin for dogs is a prescription insulin injection used to treat diabetes in dogs and, occasionally, cats. The active ingredient in Caninsulin is highly purified porcine insulin which is a naturally occurring hormone produced in the pancreas. Caninsulin products do not need to be diluted as they are made of a balanced mixture of amorphous (soluble) insulin and crystalline insulin.

You can buy Caninsulin online as either 10ml Canninsulin vials or 2.5ml Canninsulin vials for use with Caninsulin Syringes. 

Or, you can also buy Caninsulin VetPen cartridges online designed for use with the Caninsulin VetPen.

Does Caninsulin Need to be Refrigerated?

Yes. All Caninsulin products must remain refrigerated between +2°C and +8°C and must never be frozen. Always be sure to store Caninsulin products upright and away from direct light and use within 28 days of opening.

All Caninsulin products sold by Pet Drugs Online are kept in optimum condition from the moment you order until arriving at your door. We post our refrigerated items using Woolcool® thermal insulated packaging, information on which can be found on the manufacturer's website.

 How Long Can Caninsulin Be Left Out of the Fridge?

As stated, Canninsulin must be kept between +2°C and +8°C and so should be refrigerated. Taking Canninsulin from the fridge to draw your pet’s dosage is okay, but it should be returned to the fridge as soon as possible. 

Woolcool® thermal insulated packaging can maintain the temperature of your pet’s medication for up to 48 hours, so can rest assured your pet’s prescription will arrive at its optimum temperature.

If you’re travelling with your dog and need to take Canninsulin with you, speak with your vet for advice on portable refrigeration options for your pet’s medication. 

What is A Caninsulin VetPen?

The Caninsulin VetPen is a reusable device that ensures easy handling, dosing and more rapid injection preparation for treating diabetes in cats and dogs. It is specifically designed for use with a Caninsulin insulin cartridge and allows for easy dosage by turning the dial to draw up the designated dose.

Using the Caninsulin VetPen reduces the risk of dosing errors and allows for quick and easy administration.

How to Use a Caninsulin VetPen?

To use the Caninsulin VetPen:

  1. 1. Insert the VetPen Cartridge
  2. 2. Attach a sterile needle to the VetPen
  3. 3. Prime the VetPen by removing bubbles
  4. 4. Select the specified dose by turning the dial
  5. 5. Inject the dose using the push-release button
  6. 6. Remove the needle and dispose of using the appropriate disposal methods.

Always ensure you use a fresh, sterile needle for each administration and store your VetPen in the fridge between dosages.

You can find video tutorials on using the Caninsulin VetPen on the manufacturer's site.

Can You Buy Caninsulin without a Vet Prescription?

All Caninsulin products are prescriptions only for veterinary medicines, which means they can only be purchased using a valid, in-date prescription from your vet. You can learn more about ordering a prescription medicine for your pet from Pet Drugs Online on our prescription information pageFor your pet's safety, always be wary of any organisation offering to sell Caninsulin or any other prescription-only veterinary medicines without a prescription.

Please note, while we have an onsite vet to oversee the sales of prescription medicines, we do not offer veterinary consultations or advice.

New Caninsulin Preservative FAQs

1. How can I identify that I am receiving vials or cartridges with the new preservative from the packaging?

Only minor changes will be seen in the packaging. These include:

  • A change in vial/cartridge cap colour- vials will change from lilac purple to blue, while cartridge caps change from gold to silver.
  • The product leaflet insert will contain updated storage advice as detailed below.
2. Are there other changes I might notice about the product itself?

You may notice a more “medicinal” odour and a subtle change in appearance to the suspension following mixing. These changes are completely normal and are not expected to affect your pet’s tolerance of the insulin.

3. Will I need to change my pet’s insulin dose?

There is no change to the amount or concentration of insulin within the product and, therefore, no dose change is advised when moving to the new Caninsulin.

All diabetic pets should be monitored routinely for signs that reflect any change in their level of control, and this is also appropriate when changing to the new Caninsulin.

No change in control is expected following this update, but if you have any concerns or questions prior to or associated with the changeover please do contact your vet for further advice.

4.  How does this change impact storage conditions for my pet’s Caninsulin?

Unused Caninsulin vials or cartridges need to be refrigerated between 2°C and 8°C, as is the case now.

Vials and cartridges with the new Caninsulin can be stored either in the fridge or at room temperature (2°C to 25°C) following the first use for up to 42 days.

5. What is the advice if I am still using the lilac purple top vials or gold-top cartridges?

Guidance for broached vial storage of all remaining stocks of lilac/purple-top Caninsulin vials and gold-top cartridges remain as shown in their product leaflet insert, i.e., refrigerated storage (between 2-8 degrees Celsius) and a 28-day shelf-life continues to apply.