One of the most popular insulins with VetRxDirect pet owners is Lantus, and until recently it has been the only one of its kind available. Basaglar, insulin glargine, was approved by the FDA for the treatment of diabetes. The release of Basaglar also means a lower price compared to Lantus, and that’s a big deal for pet owners.
Basaglar, like Lantus, is insulin glargine a type of long-acting human insulin. It lowers and regulates blood sugar levels in pets with diabetes. Because it is long acting, it can take a few hours to start working and then can last for as long as 24 hours. Basaglar also comes in the KwikPen, like Lantus SoloStar Pen, a favorite among pet parents.
Insulin injections are commonly prescribed to animals with diabetes because they are unable to produce their own insulin or use it properly. Giving injections can be difficult and time-consuming once you have wrangled all of the supplies and your pet together. Insulin typically comes in a bottle that has to be drawn out and measured with certain insulin syringes, but many insulins come in pens. Insulin pens hold the medication inside of a chamber and can be reused for multiple doses. The end has a numbered dial that is twisted until the desired dose (units) is displayed and the bottom end is pressed like a pen to release the dose of insulin. Specially designed “pen needles” attach to the opposite end for each injection. Some pet owners prefer using the pens because they are easier to handle and get more accurate dosing.
Basaglar KwikPen is easy to use. It has a twist dial for giving doses as small as 1 unit and fits with most U-100 pen needles. Talk with your veterinarian about insulin pens and if Basaglar is right for your pet.
Are you wondering if you can give your dog Ocu-Glo Human Formula? Ocu-Glo is one of the top picked vision supplement among dog owners here at VetRxDirect. Ocu-Glo was formulated by veterinary ophthalmologists to help provide nutritional support for the eyes. It features a unique blend of 12 antioxidants including grape seed extract, lutein, B complex vitamins, lycopene, and Omega-3 fatty acids.These antioxidants help combat the negative effects of oxidation, a natural process that causes cell damage over time. This oxidative stress, especially in aging dogs, can to degenerative eye disease like glaucoma and cataracts. Ocu-Glo may also lessen the symptoms of some dog eye diseases.
The canine Ocu-Glo formula comes in liquid gel caps, which can be given whole or split and sprinkled in food. For those with picky dogs, sometimes the gel caps can be difficult to mask with food or impossible to give by themselves.The gel caps also have a bright orange color that may stain the fur around the mouth, especially in lighter colored animals. However, the human labeled Ocu-Glo comes in powdered capsules which people are finding it easier to mix into their dog’s food, versus the liquid. The powder also does not stain like the liquid. Although it is for humans, it is designed to support eye health just like the canine formula.
Ocu-Glo human contains the same key ingredients as the canine formula: grape seed extract, lutein, alpha lipoic acid, and Omega fatty acids.The Ocu-Glo human contains astaxanthin instead of lycopene (derived from tomato) because people can have allergies to tomatoes, and has a few different vitamins from the canine formula.
If you have a hard time giving your dog Ocu-Glo or dislike the fur stains, the Human Ocu-Glo may be the solution. Like all other nutritional supplements, talk with your pet’s veterinarian before giving it.