Zeke, a 15 Year Old Diabetic Dog

Zeke, a 15 Year Old Diabetic Dog
Zeke is believed to be a Puggle

Zeke Has Successfully Switched from Vetsulin to NPH Insulin

I'll write more later but just wanted to let everyone know that I have successfuly switched Zeke off of Vetsuilin and onto NPH or Humulin N.   I was really nervous about it as was my vet but it has basically been a non-event.  Zeke is doing well.  I will write more later about the process I went through to switch him off the Vetsuilin and onto NPH.  Now I only wish I had done it sooner.

I am purchasing the NPH at the Walmart pharmacy for about $25 per bottle without a prescription.  We switched Zekes insulin about 3 weeks ago and the bottle is about half gone so it looks like 6 weeks of insulin will cost me about $25 which is much less expensive than I was paying for the Vetsulin and that is not even counting the overnight shipping for the Vetsulin.

I took Zeke to his vet on Friday and his glucose was 148 which she was satisfied with for the time of day it was.  We will continue to monitor him but right now his dose seems to be 12 units in the morning and 12 in the evening.

We had been purchasing the Vetsulin from the Cross Border Pet Pharmacy in Toronto Canada.  John gave us outstanding service and shipped fast and always kept me updated.  But when he received word in early July that he was not going to be able to continue to get the Caninsulin (Canadian version of Vetsulin) I talked to my vet and we made the decision that it was time to switch Zeke to another insulin.

At the time I could get the Caninsulin from the UK but for a high cost and also higher shipping cost.  My vet suspected that the UK supplies would eventually dry up as well.

At this point I am glad we switched Zeke and only wish I had done it sooner.


  1. Hi! My name is Erin and we have a diabetic dog named Buzz (mydoghasdiabetes.blogspot.com) - nice to meet you. :)

    I was just wondering how you get your insulin without a prescription for Zeke's NPH from Wal-Mart? We use the same insulin from the same place and we have to call our internal specialist vet to get Buzz's prescription refilled (for us, it's about every 3 months or so). Just curious to see if we could stop those calls! :)

    Anyways, glad I stumbled upon your blog! I'm going to check out some of your old posts now!


  2. Hi Erin, sorry for the delayed reply. I'll be sure to check out your blog also. We buy teh NPH at Walmart in the US with no prescription required. Talk to your pharmacist. Hopefully they can let you know that there is no prescription needed.