Even when you can't dilute insulin, it's possible, with a lot of patience and a good magnifier, to dose insulin in fine gradations. Since a small dog or cat may weigh 1/10 what an average human does, it shouldn't be surprising that a 1 unit change in a human is sometimes like a 1/10 unit change in a small animal.
With U40 insulinEdit
With U100 insulinEdit
But with U100 insulin, all you can do is use patience and good eyesight to "eyeball" fine doses. Consistency is more important than accuracy -- if you can give the same amount reliably tomorrow, you have succeeded.
The Fine Doses Picture guide shows one numbering method.
Note that some syringe makers have inconsistent zero line adjustments with significant variation. See this discussion: http://www.felinediabetes.com/phorum5/read.php?22,1462377
Another works like this:
- 0.5U = on the 0.5U line
- 0.4U = thin 0.5U - touching the edge of the line
- 0.3U = thin 0.5U - no longer touching the edge - some daylight between
- 0.2U = fat 0.0U - not touching the zero line
- 0.1U = fat 0.0U - touching the edge of the line
- 0.0U = On the zero line