Intervet U-40 Insulin Syringe
Intervet has developed the U-40 Insulin Syringe, a syringe that is specifically
designed for U-40 insulin prescribed by veterinarians for pets.
About Pets and Diabetes
Diabetes in small animals (cats and dogs) is a growing animal health care
concern. Lifestyles of pets generally mirror the lifestyles of their owners.
America's urban leisure lifestyle (which is stated as a factor in the increasing
incidence of diabetes in people) is most likely the leading cause of diabetes in
Diabetes is a complex metabolic condition which results in
the inability of the body to properly maintain and use carbohydrates, fats, and
proteins. It is a life long condition that requires education and awareness for
Factors leading to diabetes are:
- Diets too rich in fats and carbohydrates
- Obesity or general poor fitness
- Less exercise
- Increased age
Although no single factor is a cause by itself, a continuing
combination of these factors is usually present when diabetes is diagnosed.
A contributing factor is the rise of better health care and
increased treatment for pets. Historically, when animals became ill, they were
often without the medical attention we enjoy as humans. Today, that has changed
with many pet owners providing the same level of treatment and medical
diagnostics we provide to our families.
Veterinary medicine is attacking this condition as
aggressively in pets as their counterparts attack diabetes in humans. Diet
changes and increased activity, followed with insulin injections (as a last
resort) are the most likely measures taken. With small animals, however, it is
very difficult to achieve the proper dosage with U-100 insulin, the insulin
primarily used by people in the United States.
Many veterinarians are now prescribing Protamine & Porcine
Zinc Insulin (PZI & Vetsulin) known as U-40. Though not a diluted form of
insulin, U-40 is weaker, thus allowing for larger, more easily measurable doses
for small animals.
Today, many people are treating their pets for diabetes using
Protamine & Porcine Zinc Insulin (PZI &
designated as "U-40 Insulin", U-40 differs from the standard U-100 Insulin that
is prescribed for people with diabetes in the way that it is measured. The "U"
refers to actual "units" of active insulin. "Units" are a standard measurement
system for many drugs.
U-100 insulin has 100 units of active insulin in each
milliliter (ml) of liquid.
U-40 insulin has 40 units of active insulin in each milliliter (ml) of liquid.
Most commercially available insulins are U-100 and the
syringes available at most pharmacies are U-100 syringes. U-100 syringes are
specially designed to provide the proper dose of U-100 insulin.
Intervet U-40 syringes are designed to provide the proper
dose of U-40 insulin. This means that measurements of one unit of the Invervet U-40 syringe will give you precisely one unit of U-40 insulin. Using the
Intervet U-40 syringe means that you can fill the syringe in the normal manner
and do not need to rely on any conversion tables.
Your veterinarian has prescribed the proper dosage of U-40
Insulin for your pet. UltiCare has provided the proper syringe to deliver that
Because U-40 is weaker, larger volumes are required giving
the ability for more precise measurement of the medication. Because U-40 and
U-100 are not equivalent in terms of dosage, a specialized U-40 syringe was
developed by Invervet. This syringe allows
for more simplified and accurate dosing of U-40 medications, without complicated
mathematical conversions, giving diabetic pet owners an ease-of-use and level of
accuracy that had not been available until now.