How Much Does Dog Insulin Cost?
Dog insulin is a specific formula of insulin that is given to dogs who suffer from diabetes. Many people do not realize that diabetes not only affects humans but can affect dogs as well. Dogs that are suffering from diabetes will exhibit frequent urination and excessive thirst. Another tell-tale sign of diabetes in a canine is weight loss. A veterinarian will do some blood tests to check if your pet’s sugar level is higher than the average.
If your dog is confirmed to have diabetes, it will then need to be given insulin to replace the insulin the dog’s pancreas can no longer produce. The number of shots and dosage will vary according to the size of your dog and the severity of the condition. For some dogs once a day is enough, while others may need two.
How much does it cost?
- A diabetic dog would normally need about 3 vials of insulin per year.
- The prices of insulin vary depending on the brand, type and volume. Prices of insulin range from $30 to $120 per vial based on the information from Vetinfo.com. This amounts to a yearly price of $90 to $360.
- Vetsulin Insulin, a diabetes medicine available in suspension form of 40 units/ml 10ml vial, is regularly priced at $62.49, but is discounted at $49.99, with 10% more off at a final selling price of $44.99 according to the website of 1800petmeds.com.
- For dogs that have diabetes, plan on budgeting at least $65 to $150 per month for everything needed to take care of the dog.
What is going to be included?
- The price given above is for the insulin only and will not come with test strips, testing machine, or needles.
- There will be some type of dropper or measuring device included to ensure that your dog gets the correct dosage.
- With dog insulin, you will have to use a new syringe and needle every time you give your dog the medication. To learn how insulin is injected, WebMD.com goes into detail.
What are the extra costs?
- Dogs need to be tested for insulin levels a minimum of once per day using test strips. These are usually packed in boxes of 50’s and cost $35 and up.
- The syringes and needles that are needed to give the dog insulin are also computed as additional cost. Syringes are available in pharmacies for as low as $0.25 each.
- If you order insulin online, special overnight shipping is required, which can cost more. The reason for this is that insulin needs to be kept at a certain temperature and should be store in the refrigerator.
- Dogs that use insulin will also need a special formula of dog food that runs around $65 to $110 per month.
Factors that influence the price:
- Size of the dog. The amount of insulin will be determined by the weight of your dog.
- Blood sugar levels. The higher the blood sugar levels are, the more insulin the dog will need to control it.
- Manufacturer. Each brand of insulin claims to have the best formula and will charge a competitive price.
Tips to know:
- Prepare to spend for a minimum of at least 3 visits to the veterinarian per year.
- If the insulin starts to become cloudy, it could be a sign of deterioration.
- If the same injection spot is used over and over again, a dog can become very uncooperative. It is best to switch the areas around so that scar tissue or a skin irritation does not form.
- Believe it or not, a dog’s body can get used to some insulin injections and destroy it. If you think your dog’s body is capable of doing so, it may be best to change brands. As always, it is best to get a professional opinion from a vet.
- A dog that is on other types of medication could run the risk of having their insulin shots interfere.
Questions to ask:
- What if the dog develops allergies to the insulin medication?
- Is a glucose monitor necessary?
- What foods or activities should be avoided while giving insulin?
- What happens if a dose is missed?
- What happens if the dog is overdosed with insulin?
How can I save money?
- You can save on insulin needles by obtaining a veterinarian’s prescription for the size needles you need and having it filled at your local pharmacy.
- Call and compare prices to get the best price available.
- Insulin is almost always cheaper from a pharmacy than online, even with discounted website coupons.
- Needles bought in bulk come way cheaper than single purchase.
- If you can, ask your vet to prescribe a generic brand of insulin. By doing so, this can save up to 35% or more.