Quote from nurse-to-be1000
Actually I just heard about this very way of giving karo syrup to a diabetic dog this morning on I believe Good Morning America or the Today show (relaxing due to being snowed in). The suggestion was to put the syrup in a syringe and squirt it between the dog's cheek and teeth so it would run down the back of his throat. However, I admit I do not have any animals so I don't have any first hand experience with this but I wouldn't want to try it.
While working in a SNF, I had a truly delightful gentleman who was an insulin dependent diabetic. It was quite common for this guy's pre-breakfast blood sugar to be in the basement. He was not rousable for eating or drinking, (not uncommon for blood sugar to be around 30!) My method with him was to get a squeeze bottle of pancake syrup from dietary, squeeze some between his cheek and gums, and initiate a reflexive swallow. He'd respond quickly and then would willingly eat half a peanut butter sandwich. Being in a rural area, his Primary doc was a dork who wouldn't evaluate why this gentleman was so up-and-down. After multiple, multiple, MULTIPLE discussions with this doc, he finally agreed to a sliding scale. For all these bouncing blood sugars, the gentleman had no residual damage.