Insights into Veterinary Endocrinology
This blog is written specifically to serve veterinarians and veterinary technicians. I've divided the posts into 3 types: (1) my insights into specific endocrine issues, (2) Q & A posts that deal with questions I've gotten from veterinarians, and (3) reviews of current endocrine publications (with my comments and "insights"). Please also read my Animal Endocrine blog for pet owners.
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In my third compilation of the canine and feline endocrine publications of 2013, I’m moving on to disorders of the parathyroid gland, including the clinical problems of hypercalcemia and hypocalcemia.Listed below are 21 research papers written in 2013 that deal with a variety of topics and issues related to calcium, parathyroid or vitamin D metabolism.These range from the interactions of calcitriol, calcidiol, parathyroid hormone, and fibroblast growth factor-23 in the pathogenesis […]
My patient is a 14-year-old male Toy Poodle (weighing only 5 kg) that has been maintained on insulin glargine (Lantus; Sanofi-Aventis) for several years. Currently, the dog is receiving an insulin dose of 6 units twice daily and is doing well (i.e., no obvious polyuria, normal appetite with stable body weight). However, over the last few months, the price of Lantus has skyrocketed to over $250 for a 10-ml vial. The owner would like to switch to a more affordable insulin, if possible. At 12 […]
Two available brands of NPH insulin, manufactured by Eli Lilly (Humulin N) and Novo Nordisk (Novolin N)Recently, several of my diabetic dog owners have asked if they can switch their NPH brand to Walmart's Relion/Novolin insulin to replace the Humulin N insulin that they are now using. It turns out that the Walmart ReliOn brand of NPH is much cheaper (only $25 per vial).Though the two insulins both seem to be NPH insulin, I have some concerns about this change. Any concerns with the ReliOn […]
I have questions regarding treatment of a 8-year old, male labrador retriever with poorly-regulated diabetes. He has been treated with once daily insulin (Vetsulin), administered once a day in the morning at 11 pm for the last 3 months. Despite insulin treatment, the dog remains hyperglycemic and glycosuric and if very thin.The owner has a very odd work schedule, and he is not generally home in the early morning when the AM dose of insulin is generally given, so that's why the insulin shot is […]
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