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Including Pets in Diabetic Care

Author(s):  Davidson Gigi S

Issue:  Mar/Apr 2007 - Diabetes
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Abstract:  Pharmacists can play a valuable role in providing care and preparations for all species of patients with diabetes. Practical knowledge of the differences in diabetes between animals and humans is essential to providing diabetic care to multiple species. Pharmacists should familiarize themselves with the clinical signs of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia in various species and be prepared to provide appropriate counseling, information, preparations, devices, and referral when signs of inadequate glycemic control arise. Pharmacists also should develop awareness of potential problems associated with the use of human diabetic preparations in animal patients. By maintaining a current knowledge of care for diabetic pets, including the significance of the patient’s dietary habits, medical history, and genetics, and species-specific drug reactions, the compounding pharmacist can contribute, through collaboration with veterinarians and pet caregivers, to optimal patient outcomes when providing care for pets with diabete

Related Keywords: diabetes complications, pets, companion animals, dog, canine, cat, feline,diet, antidiabetic agents, glipizide, insulin, vehicle, excipient, sweetener, hyperglycemia


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