Canine Diabetes & Lipohypertrophy

What is lipohypertrophy?  

Lipo – fat

Hypertrophy – enlargement of an organ.  (Skin is our largest organ).

Simply put, lipohypertrophy is the development of lumps (scar tissue) under the skin from repeated injections. In Bailey’s case, insulin injections.

Recently I noticed what felt like a mass on my dog Bailey who is insulin dependent and requires two injections a day.  For those of you who are familiar with lipomas in dogs, it feels very similar.  Thankfully it’s not a mass or a lipoma but rather lipohypertrophy from a year and a half of twice a day injections despite rotating “spots”.

Injecting in an area like this can affect the absorption of insulin and can explain high or low blood glucose levels. 

Once lipohypertrophy is confirmed, you must stop using the affected area until it heals which can take several months. 

Because lipohypertrophy affects the way insulin is absorbed, when using a new site be extra cautious with dosing as newer healthier skin will absorb the insulin differently. 

Bailey’s diabetes is finally controlled, we have a new “area” and she’s so good about her injections.

Thanks for reading.

*Please always consult with your Veterinarian. I’m just a Puggle Mom sharing my experience with my diabetic dog and what I’ve learned along the way.*


2 thoughts on “Canine Diabetes & Lipohypertrophy

  1. Jen Burris Reply

    Awww, sweet Bailey. I’m so glad she has you! She is so lucky to have such a loving mom, grandma and puppy brothers and sisters! She’s so precious!!!

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