I Feel Like Goldilocks without a Syringe!

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by sofapup, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. sofapup

    sofapup Member

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    My Levon is a difficult kitty! He has been in remission before, for over a year. Now, at 1 unit twice a day he goes too high. At 1.5 units twice a day he goes too low (56 last week on AlphaTrak.) Because of his history, our vet is reluctant to increase his dose, since he seems to be so sensitive to insulin. Not much wiggle room.

    I would try 1.25 units, but those markings on the syringe are just too small to read, and two different people give him his shots. I've read the recommendations here about using syringes with 1/2 unit markings, but I can't find any. Neither Walgreens nor Costco carries them. Where do you guys buy yours?

    I just want it all to be "just right."
     
  2. JeffJ

    JeffJ Well-Known Member

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    I get Walgreens standard 5/16" U100's. They come in a box of 100, and have 1/2 unit marks. $18 - so the price is great.

    Leo is also sensitive to small dose changes. I guess you could also try another insulin like Levemir.
     
  3. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

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    All these have half unit markings and are the correct syringes for U100 insulin and are available from ADW online:
    UtiCare
    Monoject
    Carepoint
    Sure Comfort
    BD Ultra-Fine

    They're also available at WalMart if you have one near you..Their Relion Brand 3/10ml, 3o or 31 gauge, 8mm insulin syringes all come with half unit markings and are only $12.58 for a box of 100 (although it seems a lot of WalMart employees don't realize that they DO come with half unit markings!!)
     
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  4. lovemycat444

    lovemycat444 Member

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    My vet has called in prescription for syringes to the CVS / Walgreens pharmacy. At another vet I bought a plastic box of them. The kind of medical plastic box containing syringes in 10 pack plastic bag packaging and the box itself has a syringe disposal built in the box.

    I don't have the box in front of me so I don't want to give non 100% accurate info for u-100 syringes (gage, etc)

    Best of luck and warm wishes to both of you for getting the correct exact dosage for Levon!
     
  5. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

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  6. sofapup

    sofapup Member

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    Thanks for the info! It seems like a lot of you trust/like ADW. I've looked at several sites, but was unsure about trusting them. Walgreens has been no help to me here. I never thought of Walmart cuz it's the evil empire. And Costco, despite advertising that they are the best for pet meds, also struck out. So I'll give ADW a try.

    Any preferences on brands?
     
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  7. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

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    I use BDs, but they sell a lot of different brands at ADW. I used to buy my syringes at Walmart but it was always a struggle, arguing with the incredibly rude pharmacist, and the staff could never find the ones I wanted...it just got to be a big hassle. Ordering from ADW isso much easier!
     
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  8. Myagi and Heidi

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    I use both the BD and the Carepoint. Personally like the carepoint better because the new Bd's are stiffer for drawing finer doses. I also use adw. Best of luck! :bighug:
     
  9. Sylvie

    Sylvie Member

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    current carepoint batch on adw stink, not made right and plunger stops at last 1/2 unit mark and given my bad eyes i didn't notice for like 3 days that my cat was only getting .25 units on .75 unit times and nothing on the .50 unit injection..
     

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