Diabetes & Medications for rodents

CONVERSATION WITH THE VETERINARIAN

Everything starts with and a conversation with the vet. Talk to your vet about the possible treatment options. There are some medications that have been successful for the treatment of diabetes in, for example, hamsters. Medical treatment of diabetes can be risky because the wrong dose can lead to serious health complications and even death. Ask your veterinarian if there are medical treatments that are suitable for the specific health needs of your rodent.

ORAL MEDICATION

Try oral medication. Glipizide and fenugreek are often used for the treatment of diabetes in small rodents. Both treatment options are administered orally and must be prescribed by a veterinarian. Follow the instructions of your veterinarian.

In case of a hamster, Glipizide tablets are usually crushed and mixed with water and then fed to the hamster. Fenugreek can also be given in tablets or powder. Tablets can be ground into powder and put into a tea and then given to the hamster in the drinking bottle. It can be difficult to regulate the dose. This form of treatment is also not without risk, because a wrong dose can result in, for example, a coma. Talk to your vet about the risks before you start treatment.

INSULIN INJECTIONS

For example, if an animal has type 1 diabetes and its body does not produce insulin at all, then the only help is an insulin injection. The injections will probably have to be administered twice a day or more often. However, it is possible that your veterinarian must adjust the dose based on how your animal responds.

If you choose to give your rodent insulin, you should have your blood tested weekly to see how it responds to the medication and how the sugar level behaves. Because small rodents such as hamsters are so small, it can be difficult to find the right insulin dose to use.


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