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  • This handout provides detailed information on insulin administration. Consistent treatment is a vital component of the proper management of the diabetic dog. Once you are coached on how to give them, you may be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is and how well your dog tolerates the injections.

  • Diabetes mellitus is caused by the failure of the pancreas to regulate blood sugar. In dogs, diabetes mellitus is usually insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (also called Type 2 Diabetes)

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency that occurs when there is not enough insulin in the body to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. If left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis is fatal.

  • Diarrhea is the passage of unformed or loose stools, usually in increased volume and/or increased frequency. Diarrhea is not a disease but rather a symptom of many different diseases. Diarrhea associated with minor conditions can often be resolved quickly with simple treatments.

  • A simple checklist to prepare for your veterinarian if your dog has diarrhea.

  • Diazepam is used to relieve anxiety, as a muscle relaxant, as a hypnotic agent, as an appetite stimulant and to control seizures. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine. This class of medicines is used to slow down the nervous system.

  • Diazoxide is used to treat certain tumors (insulinomas) in ferrets and to treat low blood sugar secondary to excessive insulin secretion in dogs.

  • Diethylcarbamazine citrate is used for prevention of heartworm disease, and/or the treatment of roundworm infections in dogs and cats.

  • Diethylstilbestrol is a synthetic non-steroidal estrogen agent. It has been used in estrogen responsive urinary incontinence and in the prevention of pregnancy after mismating in female dogs and cats. Your veterinarian may prescribe diethylstilbestrol for other conditions.

  • Difloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic with a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity. This medication has been prescribed for your pet to treat a bacterial infection. It may be prescribed to treat wounds or abscesses and urinary tract infections.