Diabetes Supplies for Dogs

Color photo of a dog with a pink bone in its mouthManaging your dog’s diabetes will be easier if you store all of the supplies and professional contacts in one place.

Your pet’s diabetes care kit should include:

  • Insulin

  • Matching insulin syringes

  • Sharps container for used syringes.

  • Urine glucose test strips

  • Urine ketone test strips

  • Urine collection device

  • Corn syrup or maple syrup for low blood glucose episodes

  • Phone number of your vet, and phone number of an animal hospital that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies

In addition to the items in the care kit, the veterinarian may suggest that you use specially formulated food for your dog.

Also, consider attaching a medical alert tag to your dog's collar that lets others know that your pet takes insulin for diabetes.

If you travel, identify one or two kennels with staff that are experienced in caring for diabetic pets. Your veterinarian may also be willing to board your pet if there are no adequately trained kennels in your area.


The BD Diabetes Learning Center describes the causes of diabetes, its symptoms, and diabetes complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy. This site contains detailed information about blood glucose monitoring, insulin injection and safe sharps disposal. Interactive quizzes, educational literature downloads and animated demonstrations help to teach diabetes care skills.

Important Note: The content of this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Do not disregard your doctor's advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this website.

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