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k9diabetes
08-16-2008, 04:09 PM
Hi,

To help everyone new to diabetes in their dog, please post what you use(d) for your dog:

Dog's name, breed:
Dog's weight:
Diet:
Insulin:
Number of units per injection and injections per day:
Brand of BG meter if home testing:

And feel free to add any additional information you feel would be helpful, as well as to update or add to your post as things change.

Natalie

k9diabetes
08-16-2008, 04:13 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Chris (male)
mutt of unidentifiable origin (two DNA tests failed to identify)

Weight:
average of 60 pounds

Diet:
Last was Canidae canned chicken, lamb, and fish mixed half and half with cottage cheese or chicken

Insulin:
Novolin (Relion) Regular

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
average of 7 units per injection
four injections per day, every six hours

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Mostly OneTouch Ultra, which was an average of 30 points low from lab values

Debbie & Apollo
08-16-2008, 04:48 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Apollo, Yorkie

Weight:
average of 13 pounds

Diet:
Hills W/D dry and some canned (at shot time)

Insulin:
Vetsulin

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
4 1/2 units per injection
2 injections per day, every twelve hours

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Use Urine test strips -
have OneTouch Ultra - need to get brave enough to use :)

We Hope
08-16-2008, 05:12 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Lucky (neutered male), chihuahua

Weight:
9.9 lb

Diet:
W/D canned 1/3 can twice daily

Insulin(s):
Human Lente-type--worked for one week.
Compounded Beef Insulin--just as successful as the human insulin was.
Iletin II Lente (pork Lente)--regulated quickly on 2.5 units (IU) twice daily-product discontinued shortly thereafter.
Iletin II NPH (pork NPH)--used 3.5 units (IU) twice daily for about 2 months. Lucky had intolerances of the NPH suspension and preservatives.
Caninsulin/Vetsulin--regulated quickly on 4 units (IU) twice daily. U40 strength allowed us to "fine-tune" Lucky's great control using pork Lente insulin and make it even tighter.

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
4 units (IU) Caninsulin twice daily, every 12 hours.

Lucky was always professionally tested at least once a week.

Lucky had immune-mediated insulin resistance. His body recognized that the insulin wasn't his own and would react as if it was something harmful to be disposed of, such as a virus. The insulins would be destroyed by his system before they could do much about lowering his bg's. Pork insulin is a 100% amino acid match to canine insulin; when we arrived here, his body no longer destroyed the insulin, since it was just like his.

Mickey'sMom
08-16-2008, 08:25 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Mickey....Bichon/poodle
Dog's weight: 16.9 lbs 6 years old
Diet: green beans, brown rice,chicken or turkey breast..some cesar dog food..
Insulin:
Vetsulin...7 units twice a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing
Accu-Chek Ultra


Mickey is also on a potassium pill once a day and Denamarin (milk thistle) once a day

BestBuddy
08-17-2008, 12:20 AM
Dog's name, breed:

Buddy, Miniature Poodle, Age 15

Dog's weight:

5kg (11lbs)

Diet:

125g Science Diet Mature canned, 20g dry

Insulin:

Humulin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day:

5iu BID

Brand of BG meter if home testing:

Medisense Optium

Supplements & extras:

Glucosamine, Vitamin B, Amoxycillin, Benefiber, Lactilube & Acular for eyes

Jenny & Buddy

Cara's Mom
08-17-2008, 07:03 AM
Dog's name,breed:
Cara
English Setter (Blue Belton)
Diagnosed Aug. 1, 2008
Cataract surgery and lens implantation Jan 22/09

Weight:
22.5 Kg (49.5 lbs)

Diet:
1 cup WD, 85 gr cooked chickenbreast, 3/4 c chopped green beans / twice day before shots
AM only 1 - 20 minims capsule cod liver oil

Insulin:
Caninsulin (Vetsulin)
Changed to NPH oct. 2011

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
10 units/AM 9 units PM

Brand of BG meter:
OneTouchUltra II, AlphaTrak
Keto-Diastix Urinestrips

eyelostit
08-19-2008, 12:46 AM
Dog's name, breed: Niki 11 yrs old

Dog's weight: 44 lbs

Diet: 1/3 C Ground Turkey, 2/3 C Brocolli, 1/2 C Orijen sometimes a little brown rice.

Insulin: Relion Novolin NPH 10 1/2 units AM & PM

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 2

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Alpha Trak for curves, Walmart Relion meter for daily use, will use Alpha Trak if I feel there is a problem. I have used other meters but I'm satisifed with the Alphatrak and the Relion meter.

ladysmom06
08-19-2008, 04:08 AM
Dog's name - Lady

Breed - Jack Russell Terrier

Weight - 11.5 lbs.

Diet - Chicken ,Turkey or Beef, Oatmeal, Cottage cheese, String beans, Celery

Insulin - Humulin N

Number of units - 5 units twice a day

Brand of meter - One Touch Ultra

Medicine - Trilostane 30 mgs. once a day for Cushing's

Supplements - Cosequin, Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, Pet multi vitamin

CarolW
09-15-2008, 07:55 PM
Kumbi Ya Sentry X. Twitch y Thunderpaws
Red Australian Terrier, neutered male
Date of birth: 19 November, 1996
Diagnosed 1 September, 2006.
His sire, Buck, had diabetes also

Kumbi is in glowing good health; has been since last winter.

weight: 20 pounds

Diet: Medi-Cal Fibre Formula, one cup dry, 4 grams canned, twice a day, 12 hours apart; small treats of broccoli, low-fat cottage cheese, and the like.

Insulin: Novolin NPH
6.5 units, twice daily, 30 minutes after meals

One-Touch Ultra; One-Touch Ultra2; will be receiving a GlucoPet for testing and evaluation and reporting, to feature on my web site

Mostly blind from diabetic cataracts; has a bit of peripheral vision; apparently sees light and dark.

Kumbi came to me as a gift at eight months and two days of age, direct from breeder. I had him neutered two weeks later (with breeder's consent).

We walk twice a day from 20 to 40 minutes, with elder companion Australian Terrier (not related), Kwali Corazon Houdini Porcupine Twinkletoes; she is 1.5 years older than Kumbi, and came to me in poor condition at age 17.5 months (returned to [the same] breeder). These two are great buddies, and Kumbi benefits greatly from the companionship (so does Kwali, who is recovering from a mild stroke), at age 13.5

Cohort VekToria TwinkelMaus invites you to investigate further at:

http://www.coherentdog.org/vek/veksitemap.php

I'm brand new here; thanks, Natalie, for the great welcome!
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 19:48:33

Ricksma
09-20-2008, 05:49 AM
Okay...here's Ricky's info:

Dogs name, breed: Ricky Ricardo Williams, Chihuahua

Weight: 11.1 pounds (big boy!!)

Diet: Baked chicken breast, baby food green beans, (2) patties of baked W/D

Insulin: Humulin N 3 1/2 u 2 x day, Humulin R 1/2 u 2 x day (R not given if bg is under 100).

Meter: Accucheck Aviva- I also have an Alphatrak, but I find it difficult to use, and the strips are very expensive.

Supplements: Milk thistle, CoQ10, multivitamin, digestive enzymes

Dollydog
11-09-2008, 04:06 PM
"Dollydog" LADY is an Australian Terrier, 12 years/4months, almost 15lbs, usually almost 16lbs(normal before diabetes was 17.5lbs)
Presently taking 14iu's Caninsulin twice daily and 35mgs Trilostane daily for her Cushings.
2 cups of food per day, 1 cup dry, 1 cup wet and is a mixture of Hill's t/d small bites, Canidae Senior and Science Diet Senior: plus Medi-Cal High Fibre, cooked chicken, broccoli, some dry moistened with Cosequin, fish oil and Milk Thistle.
Meter....AlphaTrak
Almost blind from cataracts but is just another game to her!! :D

AND LETTUCE TREATS MAKE ANY DAY MUCH BETTER! :D :D :D :D

eileen
11-12-2008, 07:43 PM
Mildred, 9 yo. Border Collie mx, 31.5 pounds.
receives both Novolin N and Humalog morning and night
meals consist of extra lean ground hamburger, brown rice, pumpkin, egg white
supplements include milk thistle, salmon oil, vit-E, multi vitamin
has hypothyroidism so requires Levo taken twice daily.
had cataracts removed with lens' implanted in each eye in 2005
gall bladder removed also in 2005
monitor blood glucose no less than 4 times daily with Accu Chek Aviva meter.
-Eileen-
***I switched from using R to Humalog as I was seeing afternoon insulin overlap and lingering. Since switching I am having much better results with the Humalog gone from her system in 4-5 hours.

Soaphie & Sydney's Mom
11-14-2008, 03:48 PM
In regards to the blood glucose meters that everyone is using - can you tell me the pros and cons of each? Ease of use? Amount of blood? etc etc etc?

Soaphie & Sydney's Mom
12-06-2008, 06:50 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Soaphie, spayed female, border collie/bernese mountain dog mix.

Weight:
59 lb

Diet:
Wellness Venison & Rice with a little pumpkin. Bite of tomato as a treat after getting insulin. Tomato or green beans as snack before bed

Insulin(s):
dx end of July 2008. Have been struggling to get her regulated (had a seizure - hypo - mid/end October so we have been rebuilding). Vetsulin initially - finally moved on to NPH at Christmas time. In process of regulating. 10/10 a.m. / p.m.

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
15/15 every 12 hours.

eyelostit
12-06-2008, 11:02 PM
I use the Glucopet meter, this seems to work best for me.

http://www.animaldiabetes.com/

peggy0
12-18-2008, 01:44 PM
Dogs name/Breed: Forbin Lab/Border Collie Mix

Weight: 77

Diet: blue lamb and Rice; chicken protein strips for treats

Insulin: Vetsulin 2x a day 15 at the moment; just started this; nerve racking

I just found out forbes is diabetic. He's 9 and a big boy. Not fat, but long legs/shaped more like a shepard. He has cataract in one eye and starting in another.

My vet started him at 20 Units 2 x a day and he came up negative on urine strips for 6 hours so he dropped him to 15 yesterday. Today he is again negative for 6 hours. He is acting perfectly normal. Gave him a few extra treats. Have to see what the reading is at 6p to determine if I give him a shot tonight.

I know I have to have patience, but this is very stressful :(

EllasDad
01-02-2009, 09:39 AM
Dog's name, breed:
Ella, Greyhound

Weight:
About 55 pounds and a little too thin

Diet:
Purina DCO, 3 cups twice a day - looking for a better fit for her

Insulin:
Currently trying Vetsulin since mid Decmber; had used Humulin NPH since May 2008

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
Had been on 6 U of NPH; up to 6.5 U Vetsulin and increasing slowly
2 injections of above doses per day, every 12 hours

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Use AlphaTrak (Abbot); also tried AccuCheck Advantage (Roche) but did not like it as much (larger blood volume, not specifically for dogs, less confidence)

Ella has an unnusual BGL curve and we continue trying (as yet unsuccessfully) to get her into a good consistent BGL range.

Regards,
Dan

PattiIvie
01-04-2009, 05:06 AM
:)Name: MOlly

Breed; Brittany Spaniel High energy dog!!!:D
age 3yrs.

Weight before Diabetes 38lbs
now 30lbs. Can't seem to get her to gain:(
we've been trying to regulate since before
Thanksgiving;; this is really tough.:confused:

food; Am and Pm 1 1/2 cups dry

Vetsilun 2x aday just changed to 6 units every 12 hours. we were at 5-5 1/2.am and Pm.. can't seem to consistently get below 300. Tried higher doses and went into rebound...:(

Meter --Reli-on Ultra... test Am - noon and Pm.. We have done curves weekly...

We are very frustrated>>>

Lawless' Mommy
01-05-2009, 01:56 AM
Breed: Chihuahua almost 10 yrs old
Diet: Hills Presc. Diet w/d
Insulin: Humulin N
Haven't used a glucose meter yet.


I have not ever posted in a forum, but my baby "Lawless" was diagnosed 12/22/08. I have not been having an easy time with him. His first 3 injections went smooth then when he realized that it was gonna happen everyday, he has been resisting. I just got back from the emergency Vet at 2:00 am with a possible pancreatitis (not sure if I spelled that right) attack. I found him on the floor laying in a pool of vomit. They tested him and I will get the results back tomorrow. How long does it usually take until everything is stable. I am very scared that he will have a hard time adjusting. He seems to traumatized when he comes back from the vet. I can use any and all advise, hope, help.... I want him to live a happy life.

Thank you

Fishslayer
01-12-2009, 09:05 PM
Great idea. I'm keeping a log on Lucy but always nice to have stuff stored online.

Also nice to have info posted where experts can have a look.

Dog's name: Lucy
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
Dog's weight: 1/12/09 28#

Brand of BG meter if home testing: One Touch Ultra 2
Tested during Lucy's spay. It reads 41 points low.

Curve by vet 12/26/08

1 - 442 @ 10:30 AM
2 - 406 @ 1:30 PM
3 - 450 @ 4:30 PM
4 - 454 @ 2:30 PM
5 - 300 @ 4:30 PM

HUH?:eek: OK. They totally hosed the time entries. What else did they screw up? I'm guessing the times should be every two hours, but which is which?

Vet initially advised 5 units twice daily on 12/20/08. This was the curve that made them advise going up to 7 units twice daily. No check was done after that.

Not confidence inspiring...

Diet: 1/12/09 1.5 cups W-D/1.5 cups Kahoots x twice daily


Insulin: 1/12/09 Vetsulin
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 7 x twice daily

Vet visit 1/13/09

1/14/09 Vetsulin increased per vet instructions after lab test: 8 IU x twice daily

Lab test: BG - 399
Fructosamine - 631

Weight: 30#

Began home testing

Meals are at 8:00 AM & PM

1/16 6:30 PM.... BG 283
1/17 10:00 AM.... BG 351
1/17 6:00 PM.... BG 363

Note: Lucy's energy level has been noticeably higher since increasing dose. Keta-Diastix reading have gone from consistent 2000 to consistent 500-1000.


Lucy's home test curve 1/22/09

7:50 PM 296
6:08 PM 282
4:24 PM 334
2:07 PM 375
12:22 PM 402
10:03 AM 420

8:00 AM Injection 8 IU Vetsulin

7:45 AM Meal 1 Cup Kahoots dry/1 ˝ Cup Science Diet W-D dry
7:38 AM 343
7:00 AM Keta Diastix 1000 Ketones Negative


1/23/09 Diet change: 1 cup Kahoots/ 3/4 cup W-D/ 3/4 cup Science Diet Lite x twice daily

Weight still 30-31 pounds


1/26/09 Lucy's Vetsulin increased to 9 IU x twice daily per vet's instructions


1/31 BG Curve.... meals at 7:45 AM & PM...Injections at 8:00 AM & PM

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3396/3243420450_7580c35603.jpg?v=0


2/11 Weight 30 pounds.

2/11 Vetsulin dose increased to 10 IU x twice daily per vet instructions

Still getting 500-1000 Ketadiastix readings... Ketones Negative

2/17/09 Lucy got spayed today!


3/03/09 Insulin change: Started Relion N Nph @ 8 IU x twice daily

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3542/3342663851_14fd559bbf.jpg?v=0

3/12/09 Rabies vaccine today. Lucy weighs 32#

3/30/09 Parvo, distemper, kennel cough vaccines today. Lucy weighs 32.8#

bontemp
01-17-2009, 04:28 PM
Name: Black Magic
Breed: Minature Schnauzer - 11 y.o.
Weight: 28 # before diagnosis, 24.5 # currently
Diet: Science Diet R/D, 1 cp twice a day
Insulin: Vetsulin U-40
Injections: Started at 6 units once/day, now at 10 units twice/day and BG at 400 last week - returning to vet

Black Magic did the norm, drinking excessively and urinating in the house, vet started him on Vetsulin in early November 2008. His weight dropped rapidly as did his muscle tone and at Thanksgiving he was so weak in the hindquarters that he could barely walk. Continued weekly testing and insulin adjustment - now his weight has stabilized and his energy level, alertness, and strength are improving every day. Blood glucose remains above 400 even with the twice per day insulin. More testing this next week. Two kinds of Cushings tests were negative. Looking forward to getting the B.G. back into normal ranges.
1-21-2009 update - B.G. tests showed 400 AM, 280, back to 400 in PM so vet said to go to 12 units Vetsulin 2X/day - energy level and alertness are good
5 - 2009 update - B.G. under control with 13 units U-40 twice a day, just had SUCCESSFUL double cataract surgery

pgcor
01-31-2009, 04:49 PM
Dog's name, breed: Pip, Miniature Pinscher

Dog's weight: Right around 23 lbs.

Diet: He will be getting 8 1/4 oz. of turkey or chicken
5.5 oz. of both green beans and zucchini, 2.5 oz. of pumpkin, and 1 oz. of chicken hearts - twice per day

Insulin: Humulin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 6 units twice per day

KittyDog
02-10-2009, 08:40 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Lily..Chihuahua

Weight:
Currently 6.6 pounds...was 12 pounds 3-08 at DX

Diet:
Gerber Meat sticks with carrots, home cooked chicken, hamburger, Bill Jac puppy dry,

Snacks: Pup-peroni lean, Dingo Bones

Insulin:
Humlin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
1 units per injection
twice a day

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Freestyle...have not had luck drawing blood but once.

Trilostane 2.5mg twice a day for cushings

janspack
02-15-2009, 06:25 AM
Dog's Name: Dazzle

Breed: Border Collie (10yrs)

Weight: 15.6Kgs (34 lbs)

Diet: Tripe, chicken, wholemeal biscuit.

Insulin: Caninsulin 6 units twice a day.

Meter: Will be using an AlphaTrak

Dazzle diagnosed on 6th Feb 09. She has concurrent EPI. chronic pancreatitis which has damaged her pancreas so it now no longer functions at all.

Jan & Dazzle (UK)

BaileyBear
03-13-2009, 09:07 PM
Dog's Name:
Bailey (male - 7 years old - diagnosed 1/09)

Breed:
Lab Mix - mixed with what...who knows
(looks like a yellow lab, with shorter legs & an upward curling tail)

Dog's Weight:
60lbs

Diet:
Currently 1 1/2 cups DCO dry with 1 scrambled egg & cucumber chunks added.
One Newman's Own Organic Chicken Dog Treats after each injection and as a "bedtime biscuit".

Insulin:
NPH (Humulin N from Walgreen's, or Walmart ReliOn labeled version)
26 Units, twice a day

Meter:
TrueTrack from Walgreen's (generally within 15 points of vet's readings)
26 Gauge Lancets
He's super easy to test with the lip method.

Meds:
Thyroxine for low thyroid

rickrev
03-30-2009, 11:12 PM
Dog's Name: Kui (Female, 10 years old, diagnosed four years ago)

Breed: Lab Mix (Lab/Springer Spaniel)

Weight: 62lbs

Diet: Chicken thighs (2) and slightly more broccoli with 1 1/4 cup Hill's W/D dry--so roughly equal amounts. She gets the same in the morning and evening and a noon time snack of about 5 broccoli florets and periodic dried chicken snacks.

We buy bulk frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs and frozen broccoli florets and prepare three days portions of chicken at a time. In the summer we don't thaw the broccoli--especially as snacks.

Insulin:
27 units of Vetsulin, twice a day (after each meal).

Exercise:
A walk of about 20-40 minutes a day in the morning. Sometimes a short walk of about 15 minutes in the evening. (Without the walks she starts to show some wear.)

Prior to her current menu she was at her weight recommendation of just W/D cut in half portions for AM/PM with 28 units of Vetsulin after each meal. She was coping but had periodic accidents.

Since partially substituting on the W/D in the last year, she has actually gained weight with no accidents at all. This is such a big difference from when she was first diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatitis. She went down to about 38lbs from 68lbs. The vet thought she was a goner. (She recovered from the pancreatitis on a diet of just lean chicken meat.)

Balancing diet, medicine, and exercise is tough but worth it for our whole family.

BrtWooster
04-05-2009, 05:25 PM
Dog's Name: Hailey

Breed: Husky - female

Age: almost 15 years old

Diagnoised: 1 April 2009

Weight: 46 Lbs. (she lost weight cos of her diabetes)

Diet: Hill's W/D It is canned atm, but going to get dry from the vet on Mon

Insulin: 13 units Vetsulin every 12 hours

BG Meter: Precision Xtra (one of my old meters - sometimes it is handy being a diabetic yourself! :D

So far, I have had NO success in getting a BG reading. I am getting frustrated. :(

forloveofandy
05-09-2009, 03:01 PM
Dog's name, breed: Andy, Dachshund

Dog's weight: 19 lbs

Diet:Home cooked Eye of Round Beef or Fish - green beans chopped fine and long-grain brown rice. All the ingredients are mixed together in a large mixer once a week so his food remains consistent. Vitamin supplement.

Insulin: NPH N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 6U 2x a day

Brand of BG meter if home testing: AlphaTrak

Andy has always had allergies. As a young dog his many trips to the Vet consisted of steroid injections and prescriptions for prednisone. At the age of 6 he developed diabetes, probably as a result of all the steriods. Now we manage allergies without steroids or predisone. It can be done.

Barbara Erwin
05-13-2009, 05:12 PM
Dog's name, breed: Harriet, West Highland White Terrier, 8 years old
Diagnosed: March 2009
Dog's weight: 15.9 pounds
Diet: Orijen adult, 1/2 c. twice daily
Insulin: Caninsulin
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 6 iu twice daily
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Alpha Trak

Harriet also exhibited some signs of Cushings while on prednisone (for almost seven years), but those symptoms are subsiding. She may have to go on Atopica for atopic dermatitis, since I won't put her back on prednisone.

FoggyOaks
05-17-2009, 12:46 PM
Dog's name, breed: Nana, Chihuahua
Age: 9
Dog's weight: 7.5 pounds
Diet: Science Diet Mature Small Bites mixed with w/d
Insulin: Vetsulin
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 5 units twice daily
Brand of BG meter if home testing: nothing yet

Nana was turned over to the vet clinic that I work for. Previous owner was not good about keeping up with her injections and wanted her euthanized because she was peeing all over her house.

snow
06-11-2009, 09:03 AM
Dog's name, breed: Devon, shepalabragoldendobierottachow.

Dog's weight: depends on the vet - 110 - 117

Diet: Mr Fussy is still making it up as he goes along HELP

Insulin: Today Vetsulin - Later today it's' NPH or a new vet. I figure it's my call because they aren't shoving food and Karo into their dog at 12 AM 4 nights a week. (I'm so bitter can you tell :-) )

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 12u 2x on Vetsulin

Brand of BG meter if home testing: was an IPET which I liked until I started getting bonker readings. I called them and whined and they sent me a new one and it just did the same thing. Well at least they were nice and shipped the replacement 2nd day with lots of supplies.

What do you suggest?

minpinlover
06-13-2009, 03:45 PM
Dog name and breed: Daygo, miniature pinscher
Age: 7 years
Weight: 17-18 lbs.
Diet: Science diet adult light with a small amount of canned light mixed in
Insulin: Vetsulin 7 units twice a day (just changed dose from 8 units)

Daygo was just diagnosed on April 29, 2009, so we're still really new to this.
I did his first glucose curve last week and his readings were really good, but he started getting too low around 9 hours post insulin dose. We just started him on the 7 units a few days ago. We give green beans as his treat and he loves them! I use a Reli On ultima meter (Walmart) for his glucose testing.

lab lover
06-15-2009, 03:38 PM
Dog name and Breed: Baby, Yellow Lab

Age: 7 years
Weight: 91 lbs
Diet: Milleninum Solid Gold dry, 3/4cup, 1/2cup chopped chicken, 1/2cup string
beans, 1/2 cup Wellness Chicken canned dog food. (lower canned food on 7/2)
Insulin: NPH Walmart, Relion
Dosage: 17 units am 18 units pm (just changed on 7/2)
Diagnosed January, 2009
Brand Of Meter - Alpha Track - I liked having the true readings but, is costly
buying the strips.

Baby, is still not regulated gets highs mostly in the am. but, doing much better within the last two months. I test her on her elbows - that is the easiest place for me and she does not mine it at all.

harley's mom
06-24-2009, 11:07 AM
Harley, Shiba Inu, 5 years old, Diagnosed 3/2009

Diet: Blue Seal Low Calorie Adult (for now) with 4oz of whatever moist he'll eat prior to injection

Insulin: 11 units Humulin N twice daily

Meter: iPet (Love it!!!) Test inside of lip

Other medications: Soloxine 0.2mg twice daily

Weight: 38 pounds:p

sofar
07-06-2009, 12:48 PM
Pepper, 11 years old, Miniature Schnauzer, Diagnosed 4/09.

Weight: She is 20 lbs now, lost about 7 pounds.

Insulin: Vetsulin, 10 units 2x a day

Diet: I just started making my own with lean meat, grain, raw broccoli, carrots, green beans and cottage cheese

Meter: Walgreens Tru-Tech

No other meds

She went blind a couple of weeks ago. I am having a hard time regulating her sugar. She has huge spikes. After reading the info here I think I may be giving her too much insulin. I would like to switch to NPH so I can buy it OTC.
Does that cause additional problems when you are trying to regulate?

Margaret Boyle
07-08-2009, 01:29 PM
Name : Lucy

Breed : Miniature Schnauzer

Diagnosed : December 23rd 2007

Weight : 22 lbs (lost weight at beginning )

Diet : Burns High Oats (was On Bakers Complete up until June 2009)

Insulin : On Insuvet Lente for nearly a year. ( Now on Caninsulin since Jan 2009)

Caninsulin 9iu Twice a day.

Meter : On Call Plus (uses small drop of blood) Did use One Touch Ultra 2.

Testing: Inside of both lips, Carpal pads.


Meds : Optimmune Eye Ointment for Dry Eyes

Cranberry powder for repeated UTI's.

Lucy has very limited sight due to cataracts.

Lucy had implants in both eyes on the 15th September 2009
(with good results)

flgal64
08-06-2009, 12:15 PM
Dog's name, breed:Rani, 10 year old rottweiler
Dog's weight: 86 lbs
Diet: Science Diet Sensitive Stomach
Insulin: Vetsulin
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 25 cc's 2x's a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: not home testing yet


She is healthy except for the diabetes which was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago.

Geri & Rani

crazydayz
08-22-2009, 05:52 PM
Dog's name: Kai
Breed: Weimaraner
Dog's weight: 85lbs
Diet: Taste of The Wild Dry & Spoon of Merrick or Evo Can
Insulin: Humulin N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 33U 2x a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: One Touch Ultra 2

Kai is doing so much better! He has lost his eye sight but recently learned to rely on his other senses. :)

bpinsly
09-14-2009, 08:23 AM
Hi:
I am new to this forum.
Bradi 6 years 8 months
16 lbs.
Humulin N 5 units 2x day

Bradi was just diagnosed with diabetes. She went into ketoacidosis and was hospitalized for 2 days. We have her home but she wasn't eating the WD. We saw a post that someone baked the food. We did this and she is now eating it. We've been mixing some chicken or egg and some rice and veggies and she's eating well now.

debbie
09-20-2009, 08:08 AM
Buster
Diagnosed in March 2009
Insulin: Vetsulin - 16 units 2Xs a day
Food-science Diet W/D
weight- 90 lbs
Age- Will be 10 in November
One touch Ultra 2 - Test on his elbows

seurat
09-23-2009, 03:58 PM
my child's name:binx
shepard mix
wt 70lbs
diet DCO purina prescribed diet
vetsulin 28units 2x at feedings 2cups dry 2x
alpha trax meter only one that is perfect close to lab test
has been diabetic for three years sugar was so high developed cataracts overnight since then I've kept him regulated do my own curves to keep cost down but vetsulin prices have gone from 27.50 a bottle to 49.50 in just the last 2 weeks they make it hard to keep your child alive!

cynsmith
10-12-2009, 01:35 AM
Name : Lizzie

Breed : rat terrier

Diagnosed : 10/9/09

Weight : 17.5 lbs

age: 5 yrs

Diet : Hills prescription diet dry w/d

Insulin : vetsulin 4 u twice a day

Meter : havent started to monitor from home yet--new @ this and to be honest was too scared but this forum gives me hope.

MyNaj-a-Poo
10-18-2009, 12:06 AM
Name : Naj

Breed : Lhasa Apso / Poodle

Diagnosed : 10/15/09 and Confirm by Urine 10/18/09

Weight : 18.8 lbs Now --
His weight loss is what made be take him to the vet and urination inside house
25 lbs prior to diabetes

age: 7 yrs 8 months

Diet : Previously Bil-Jac before diabetes
Now: Boiled Chicken / Green Beans and 1/2 cup Organic Blue All Natural

Insulin : vetsulin Once a Day 9 units
I take him back to the Vet in 1 week to retest and see if the insulin dose is working for him.

Meter : No meter yet, but intend to purchase the alphatrak next pay day

Mesquito
10-22-2009, 05:24 AM
Changed to Humulin N

Dog's name, breed: Ginger Shih Tzu
Dog's weight: 16 lbs

Diet: Ginger develops large bladder stones unless she is fed Royal Urinary SO to prevent bladder stones. She has had surgery twice to remove stones. We tried Hills C/D for a year but it never dissolved the stones. Royal does a good job. Our Vet says
Royal SO may be fed to a diabetic dog.

Changed diet" 1/2 Royal urinal SO food
1/4 green beans
1/4 steamed carrots


We feed twice a day: 7AM and 7PM

Insulin:Vetsulin

Twice a day after feeding

Number of units per injection and injections per day:

generally level 5.5 if a full meal is eaten

Brand of BG meter if home testing:

IPET, works well with small amount of blood. The blood enters the end of the test strip rather than the side like our Vets meter.

We also use Bayer diastix glucose strips to check for glucose in her urine. We have to ask for the strips at the pharmacy as they are not stocked on public shelfs.

Changed to Humulin N about a month ago under our Vet's guidence as regulation using Vetsulin was impossible to achive.

Ginger started with 2 units on Humulin N twice a day for around 5 days.
Then 3 units twice a day for another five days.
Then 5 units twice a day for two weeks.
As Ginger was generally high I then slowely raised her shots 1/4 of a unit over several more days. We are now at 7 units twice a day and finely her blood suger levels are in range. A quarter unit using a Humulin syringe is hard to set.


I changed from a IPET meter to a Walmart Micro meter. The Micro meter only requires 0.03 microliter. Micro meter cost is $12 and change and the strips are $22 and change for 50 strips. I add +35 to the Micro meter readings to get closer to a canine reading.

Tori
12-17-2009, 05:20 PM
Name: Tori, Scottish Terrier
Age: 8 yrs. 6 months
Weight:25 lbs.
Just diagnosed a week ago
Novolin N, 13 units twice a day.

frankie
12-27-2009, 02:54 PM
Name : Frankie

Breed : Dachshund
Diagnosed : in October by urine and blood test

Weight : 21 lbs.

age: 12 1/2 yrs.
Diet : Hill's W/d
Snacks: green beans, califlower, and baby carrots. Sometimes get some beef (cooked, no seasoning).

Insulin : vetsulin twice a day 14 units now.

Meter : I have the alphatrak and do curve about every 10 days.

His diabetes is not in full control yet, but almost there I believe.
Sometimes his glucose level peaks higher than 500 right before the injection.

tabathasmom
12-29-2009, 10:55 AM
Name: Tabatha
Breed: Yorkie
Age: 11
Weight: 12 pounds
Food: WD and carrots for snacks.

Tabatha has had diabetes for about 5 years now. First year she lost her sight and we had surgery done on her eyes. HER SIGHT IS GOOD NOW. She was on Vetsulin for 5 years until just recently. I posted her experience on this site. Right now she has been changed to Hummulin N. She was started out at 7 units 2X aday.But that is to high now. Yesterday We went to the vet and while we were there she became hypoglycemic. (27) ended up with food, sugar water anything to get her blood suger up. So, now I'm doing her blood sugar testing and calling the vet to report the numbers. So now we are working on the dosage. I found taking blood from her arm is much easier then getting it from her ear. Hopfully things will get better. I will do what ever needs to be done to keep her healthy.

Julie
01-03-2010, 06:15 PM
My greyhound is also hypoglycemic and I take blood from the paw, it seems to be easier for both of us

debbie
01-04-2010, 03:24 AM
Where on the paw do you take it. I take it on busters callous on his elbow but I would like another spot since I think he gets sore there.

jbyork
01-08-2010, 05:55 PM
Dog's name: Chuy
Sex: Female
Breed: Chow Mix (but looks like a small dingo)
Age: 13
Dog's weight: 28 lbs currently (was 34 lbs about 3 months ago before being diagnosed)
Diet: 1/2 cup Iams Proactive dry (with a little bit of Iams canned wet) 2x daily
Insulin: Just switched to Humulin N (Vetsulin results were extremely inconsistent, and we recently switched due to the Vetsulin FDA alert)
Units per injection: started at 3.0 units, slowing increasing by 0.5, currently at 5.0 units
Injections per day: 2
Brand of BG meter if home testing: True Track (primary), and Bayer Breeze 2 (backup)
Test location: carpal pad. I found this web page which shows the procedure (http://www.caninediabetes.org/tuggerblood.html)
Date Diagnosed with Diabetes: 12/07/2009

Her glucose levels are not under control yet (wide glucose range throughout the day, highs 300-400+ mg/dL, lows 150), but we are only 1 month into treatment (1 week on Humulin N). We have no issues with Hypoglycemia. However, the problem is Chuy has extreme anxiety when I take her blood. I have recorded multiple glucose readings (5 minutes apart) where her Glucose level spikes as much as 150 points on the first reading (300-500s), then drops dramatically on subsequent tests shortly after... This is causing me some difficultly getting trustable glucose curves. For the first few weeks on insulin (Vetsulin), I actually thought she was having severe Somogyi rebound day after day, but now know that the glucose spikes are most likely from anxiety. Also, the Vetsulin could have also been the cause as the results were very similar to the Vetsulin FDA warning.

Has anyone else seen or her of this before? My vet says it's possible but highly unlikely to have such a large glucose, adrenalin jump due to anxiety... but my dog is rather emotional.

debbie
01-09-2010, 05:41 AM
I switched to NHP for buster and so far he has been doing great. He went from 16 units on vetsulin to 14 1/2 NPH.

vyvyen
01-15-2010, 03:22 PM
Bear
Rotti x Lab
6yo
52kg
Accu-chek meter
Diagnosed 9/11/09
Caninsulin 20u am and 26u pm

3 cups Hills WD Bisc, 2 cups steamed veges (broccoli, green beans, pumpkin, sweet potato, cabbage, mushrooms), 1 sardine in mineral water with Chinese herbs) and minerals - twice per day.
Bowen therapy and acupuncture.

Check BG twice per day on calous on legs. Do blood curves when necessary or extra checks when worried.

Cheers, Sandra and Bear
xxx

bogeysmom
01-27-2010, 03:04 PM
Dogs Name: Bogey

Breed: Dalmatian

Weight: 81 lbs.

Diet: Merrick Dry Food (usually Grammys Pot Pie, Turducken or
Cowboy Cookout), canned merrick food (low glycemic), cottage
cheese, or will add a ground turkey, barley and green bean
squash mixture in place of canned.

Treats: Squash

Insulin: Humulin NPH

# of Units: 24ux2

Meter: Accuchek Aviva
Test on the inner lip

Julie
01-31-2010, 06:21 AM
Ibe is now on the insulin, started 9 units, now up to 11, his bg is in the 400s, very high, do not know what to do except curves and keep trying to regulate it. He is a 7 yr old greyhound, ground turkey, vegies, Evo.

connieandgypsy
02-14-2010, 10:03 PM
Dog's name: Gypsy Belle
Sex: Female
Breed: Australian Smokey Kelpie (Kelpie x Australian Blue Heeler)
Age: 10
Dog's weight: Currently 21.5kg. Was 23.9kg on Jan 29 2010(diagnosed). Before getting sick always maintained 19-20kg.
Diet: Morning- 350g (Half of the 700g can) of Advance Pet Nutrition Adult All Breed Chicken and Rice.

Night- Other half of the same can as morning.

Snacks/Treats- 1x Natures Gift Mini Treat as I give morning Insulin

Also some Julienne Carrots 2 or 3 for being such a good girl. I use the frozen Vegies as its hot here and Gyp has always loved frozen Vegies.

Insulin: Caninsulin 27 units, currently 30 units.

Injections per day: 1

BG Meter- None at this stage, we are only 2 weeks in.

Date Diagnosed with Diabetes: 29/01/2010

PeteandWoody
02-21-2010, 01:55 PM
Woody is a 10 y o female black lab / golden retriever mix.
Before the onset of diabetes (Dec. 2010) she weighed just around 100 lbs. She now weighs about 93. We feed her 2 cups of Purina One Adult Lamb/Rice with about 4 oz. of diced chicken breast :D X 2
Her insulin is Humulin N
Right now her dosage is 23.5U X 2
Her 14 day BG avg. is over 400
We use an AlphaTrak meter
Her BG is rarely under 300
I have raised her dosage to 23.5U I have just recorded only her second reading below 250 since onset.
Does it normally take this long to get regulated?
I have read about Somoygi and I am worried that I may be causing that by giving her that much insulin

contact me with your comments PeteandWoody (pgaworec@twcny.rr.com)

CoolGram
03-05-2010, 06:20 PM
Dog's Name: Gretel
Sex: Female
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
Age: 8
Current weight: 18.8 lbs.
Weight when diagnosed: 17.5 lbs.
Average weight: 20 lbs.
Diagnosed with diabetes 1/21/10

Insulin: NPH - currently at 9 units twice a day

Food: w/d canned and dry mixed
1/2 can and 2/3 cup dry at 6:30am and 6:30pm

Treats: Hill's Veterinary Treat (compatible with w/d dog food)
She gets one small treat after her morning and evening injection

Still working on getting regulated. Not yet doing home testing.

Noodle
03-20-2010, 05:19 PM
Name: Noodle
Sex: Male
Breed: Lab Mix
Age: 8 (diagnosed 1/09)
Weight: 52lbs (trying to put a few back on)
Diet: 1 1/2 Cups Blue Buffalo Dry - AM & PM
Treats: Newman's (the little cheese flavor hearts - after injections), Blue Buffalo Health Bars (bacon, egg, & cheese flavor) & Big Bark Bakery Bare Bones (oatmeal cinnamon flavor) as carb treats before walks or if he's running low, Cucumber Chunks
Insulin: Humulin N
Injections: 30 Units - AM & PM
Meters: TrueTrack & OneTouch UltraMini

Noodle is well regulated but needs to put a few pounds back on. We are going to try adding some canned Blue Buffalo to each meal. :)

ankh1972
03-22-2010, 05:33 PM
Name: Tucker
Sex: Male
Breed: Basset Hound
Age: 4 (diagnosed 3/17)
Weight: 100 LBS.
Diet: 1 1/2 Cups of Homemade (Chicken,Lean Ground Turkey,Rice and Peas - AM & PM
Treats:Dried Chicken from Wal-Mart Pet Dept
Insulin: Vetsulin
Injections: 10 Units - AM & PM
Meters: Accu Check

I just got Tucker to eat solid food yesterday and today he's giving me issues...His Levels are all over the place and trying my best..It's been 6 days since his diagnosis and have another Vet appt on Thursday to update vet on levels...I hope we discuss curves and possibly increase his injection...I always check his levels before giving insulin and what scares me is that his levels are so high like an 1-2 hour before 2nd injection...366-463 and that scares me....I need him regulated quick....Any advice anyone?

O'Riley
03-24-2010, 06:05 AM
I'm new also, and I'm learning that there are only baby steps when it comes to safe insulin dosing. One quick fix that lowers blood glucose levels is exercise. Since there is a specific time slot that you're particularly worried about, could you walk Tucker at that time every day?

Riley's blood glucose levels are higher in the evening. I wonder if there's a circadian timing thing going on?

"Time in the biological sense is measured by cycles that range from milliseconds to years. Circadian rhythms, which measure time on a scale of 24 h, are generated by one of the most ubiquitous and well-studied timing systems. At the core of this timing mechanism is an intricate molecular mechanism that ticks away in many different tissues throughout the body. However, these independent rhythms are tamed by a master clock in the brain, which coordinates tissue-specific rhythms according to light input it receives from the outside world." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12198538).

~Rosey

CarolW
03-24-2010, 07:35 AM
On circadian rhythms - Rosey, thanks so much for mentioning this and providing a link.

I think it's helpful to any Human Diabetic-Dog Parent to understand that such a thing is involved in our dogs' physiology and neurology. I think it helps us comprehend that day and night are different (! - haha!), and so, come to understand why blood glucose levels differ, day from night.

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 07:34:26 (PDT)

ankh1972
03-27-2010, 09:00 PM
I'm new also, and I'm learning that there are only baby steps when it comes to safe insulin dosing. One quick fix that lowers blood glucose levels is exercise. Since there is a specific time slot that you're particularly worried about, could you walk Tucker at that time every day?

Riley's blood glucose levels are higher in the evening. I wonder if there's a circadian timing thing going on?

"Time in the biological sense is measured by cycles that range from milliseconds to years. Circadian rhythms, which measure time on a scale of 24 h, are generated by one of the most ubiquitous and well-studied timing systems. At the core of this timing mechanism is an intricate molecular mechanism that ticks away in many different tissues throughout the body. However, these independent rhythms are tamed by a master clock in the brain, which coordinates tissue-specific rhythms according to light input it receives from the outside world." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12198538).

~Rosey

WOW!!! tHATS fascinating....I can take him for walks when he's high..thanks for the advice...

rschwank
04-12-2010, 05:21 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Samson, lab mix 11 yrs

Weight:
80 lb

Diet:
Hills W/D dry and canned

Insulin:
Humulin N 17 units 2x day
every twelve hours

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Use Urine test strips -
ReliOn ultima


3-15-2010 diagnosed new to this hopeful. completed some curves 180 to 450

tardischan
04-23-2010, 01:12 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Fuzzy (or FuzzButt, whichever works at the time) , black lab mix 15 yrs (16 in August)

Weight:
52 lbs, 65 before her medical problems began

Diet:
Whatever she’s willing to eat. She’s a very picky eater. Fuzzy has had IBD digestion issues for at least 6 months before being diagnosed with hyperglycemia last Saturday. She ate half a can of w/d and then refused to touch it. Some nights she’ll eat Blue Buffalo Wilderness dry and canned, other times I microwave oatmeal and chicken thighs with broccoli, or will scramble eggs and serve with ground turkey, oatmeal and some cottage cheese. She gets a multivitamin, SAM-E and standardized milk thistle capsules to control elevated liver enzymes. I’ll give about 3 oz of greek yogurt or cottage cheese with half a teaspoon of probiotics and enzymes powder. This morning, the yogurt was the only thing she would eat, which worried me greatly. I discovered slippery elm bark powder, and read that it’s good for pets and people with sore digestive tracts. I trekked out to the health food store this morning and got about 5 oz of the stuff. One teaspoon of the powder cooked with diluted chicken broth made a gooey “soup”, and can be given 4 times a day. She lapped it up readily. I’m hoping that it will help soothe her intestines enough to eat higher protein meals. Her regular vet is out until May.

Insulin:
Vetsulin, 6 units 2X a day.

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
None yet, still researching possible meters.

“And feel free to add any additional information.”

How much time do you have? LOL. Here's the short, short version. ;)

I got Fuzzy as a 5 month old puppy when I was 11 years old. Except for a 4 year absence when I lived out of state, she has always been there for me. While I was away, she lived with my Grandma and developed large tumors and cancers on her legs and shoulder. We’ve had them removed, and other then that, has been pretty healthy her entire life.

December 2009, I found her laying in diarrhea and vomit. I thought she was dead, but as soon as I saw her breathing I got a harness on her and gently lifted her on her feet. She could barely walk, so I had to get her on a towel and pick her up and carry her. Once her vitals stabilized, she went in to surgery. The surgeon said she had the largest gallbladder he’s ever seen. Gallbladder, spleen, and a portion of her stomach were removed. Biopsies found no cancerous materials, but found she had inflamed an inflamed liver and intestines, and e coli in her gallbladder. The e coli found was resistant to most antibiotics except gentamicin and trimethsulfate or something like that. The TMS was prescribed for a couple of weeks, and then prednisone would be started after that for 3-4 months. An insane, bumpy ride with the prednisone and other issues would soon follow.

The side effects of these medications did more harm then good. The TMS made her anemic. The prednisone did strange things to her blood and enzyme levels. Not only has she refused to eat on and off again, she's got elevated liver enzymes and now hyperglycemia to worry about. I was poking around 1800 pet meds to find a multi-vitamin for Fuzz and discovered Marin. My vet told me that it was mostly silymarin, or milk thistle extract. SAM-e could also be used together, and both supplements have shown to reduce bad liver enzymes. I got those off Amazon.com, along with a probiotics and enzymes powder to try out.

One night, she began eating, drinking, and peeing like a horse. It was really, really scary. I took her in the next morning to get a full blood test, just like before. My regular doctor was out until May, but I went in anyway because I was afraid for my poochie.

Turns out, I had every right to be concerned. Her blood glucose level was so high it was off the charts, and was checked twice just to make sure the first test was a fluke. Off to the emergency vet again late in the afternoon. Her BG did not start to come down until 7 am the next morning, and was at 400. As that specific vet was only open 7-8 AM during the weekdays and 24 hours weekends, I had to go back and forth from the ER vet to my regular vet to get her BG lowered. Last Saturday, Fuzzy stayed about 24 hours to get a curve, and is due for another one in a week.

While my regular vet is awesome, she is not going to be back until May. I got to talk to the nurse when I got the Vetsulin and needles. She appeared to try to talk me out of doing at home blood monitoring, and if I’m worried I should just bring her in to the office. Pfft, please. I thought this was rather odd. Besides telling me how to administer the insulin, I’m pretty much on my own. I was told not to give any insulin if she would not eat. I tried to tell her that Fuzzy has had a history of not wanting to eat anything due to IBD. I figured out that cooking chicken, broccoli, eggs, and a small amount of oatmeal together would be the best thing for her before an insulin shot.
I am still looking in to the best lancet, monitor and strips to use. Stress, stress, and more stress all around. All of this is overwhelming to me.

However, one thing still keeps me going and that’s my dog. Yeah, she’s pretty old for a dog her size. But, she’s strong, and always has been. She’s not ready to go yet – there are still a lot of squirrels to bark at.
If you’ve read all of that, I thank you. :)

- Lynnie and Fuzzy

EDIT: Now I realized I posted a reply to one person, and not the OP. Oops. :P

Bagel's Mom
04-23-2010, 05:07 PM
Bagel ( AKA Miracle Dog)

10 yr old Beagle/Basset

weight now 34 lbs. Down from 41 which was a good thing to do!
Back surgery in 2004. Doing fine since then with that.

Diagnosed with Cushings March 09
Bladder stone in August 09..dissolved hopefully.
Diagnosed with Diabetes Nov 09

Switched from Vetsulin which was never stable to Relion N ( Walmart brand of Novolin ) 3 months ago.
Currently 17 Units 2X a day ...BG averages 300...has gone to mid 200s but not in a couple of weeks.
meter: One Touch Ultra
VERY healthy...much more mobile now that she lost the weight
takes Lysodren for the Cushings 3 X a week...1375 mg total
SAM-e daily to protect her liver
1 daily Synovi for joints
10 mg pepsid generic to protect stomach from the Lyso
food: each meal 1 C Purina DCO and 1/4 cooked chicken breast
treats: one small milkbone at shot time
occasional steamed broccoli.
BATHED IN MUCH PRAYER DAILY
Sande;)

claire81
06-17-2010, 09:50 PM
Dog's Name: Jess or J-Dog
Sex: Female
Breed: Staffy / Ridgeback cross
Age: 10, we think..maybe 11.. haven't had her all her life.
Current weight: 22kg
Weight when diagnosed: 21kg
Average weight: 25kg
Diagnosed with diabetes June 14th 2010

Insulin: Caninsulin, 10.8 units twice daily

Food: w/d dry with some chicken & home made broth (water added to pan to gather juices) - 1.5 cups of food with the chicken added, twice a day.

Treats: 4 small liver chips a day (1 before and 1 after needle).... i tried a veg ear today and she enjoyed that, but i'm watching her closely at the moment because she's newly diagnosed.

Still working on getting regulated. Not yet doing home testing.

efmarek
07-01-2010, 12:14 PM
Hi all. New to this forum, but not new to K9 diabetes.

Dog's name: Darla
Dog's breed: Black Lab
Dog's age: 11 years old
Dog's weight (pre-diagnosis):101 lbs
Dog's current weight (following diagnosis and treatment): 66 lbs
(Boy how I wish I could lose 35 lbs :))
Date Diagnosed: May 2005

Diet: Hill's Science Diet Light dry (Upon comparing w/d to the Light, it is very similar in makeup and saves me alot of $$$) and can food; 1 1/2 cup dry and 1 can wet in the AM; and 1 cup dry only in PM
Insulin: Vetsulin
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 36 units in the AM after meal
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Previously Accu Chek Active, but recently changed to the ReliOn Ultima when my Accu Chek stopped working. I don't like the ReliOn because the stick must be inserted into the machine when you collect the sample. With the Accu Chek, I could collect the sample on the stick, then insert it into the machine. I will probably be changing meters again shortly. Any recommendations????

So glad I found this forum. It definitely helps to find some support from those who actually treat and manage this disease with their sweet pets.

Lisa

Rudy
07-02-2010, 04:25 PM
Name: Rudy
Breed: Shitzu
Age: 11
Weight pre DX (4/10): 23
Weight now: 22
Diet: Hills WD
Insulin: Humulin NPH 6 units x2 - moving to Relion
Testing: Urine test strips
Treats: Chicken nibbles - Rudy runs to get his shots so he can have his treat afterwards

Frannie03
07-05-2010, 11:54 AM
Dog's name, breed: Frannie, lab mix
Dog's weight: 81 lbs
Diet: DCO 2 cups 2 times daily
Insulin: Humulin N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 16 units 2 time daily
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Bayer Contour

kimcita
07-13-2010, 09:45 AM
Dog's Name: Kya
Sex: Female
Breed: Shitzu/Chihua mix
Age: 10-1/2 (11/1999)
Current weight: 13lbs.
Diagnosed with diabetes April 2009
Diet: Hill's Science Diet W/D dry (I mix it with water and let it sit). Feed twice a day.
Treats: Liver crackers (about a handful), chicken stripes with glucosamine
Insulin: Was Vetsulin (6 unites/twice/day) up until Saturday July 10 when I ran out. Now she was given an Rx for Humilin N (NPD), but I was given NO info about this insulin from her vet.

Home testing: just strips but she ALWAYS reads high (the last color on the strip). I would like to purchase a Glucose Meter but do not know which one to purchase, ANY SUGGESTIONS =)

Health history: She is a producer of bladder stones and has had 2 surgeries to-date.

When Kya was diagnosed last summer I was not given any educational material, so I know VERY little about how to maintain her levels. Her vet just pretty much wanted me to bring her in all the time and I'm sorry but I'm not trying to empty my pocket book and fill his bank account. I don't much like the vet and if I could afford to switch to a new one I would.

Mesquito
10-16-2010, 03:40 PM
Changed to Humulin N

Dog's name, breed: Ginger Shih Tzu
Dog's weight: 16 lbs

Diet: Ginger develops large bladder stones unless she is fed Royal Urinary SO to prevent bladder stones. She has had surgery twice to remove stones. We tried Hills C/D for a year but it never dissolved the stones. Royal does a good job. Our Vet says
Royal SO may be fed to a diabetic dog.

Changed diet" 1/2 Royal urinal SO food
1/4 green beans
1/4 steamed carrots


We feed twice a day: 7AM and 7PM

Insulin:Vetsulin

Twice a day after feeding

Number of units per injection and injections per day:

generally level 5.5 if a full meal is eaten

Brand of BG meter if home testing:

IPET, works well with small amount of blood. The blood enters the end of the test strip rather than the side like our Vets meter.

We also use Bayer diastix glucose strips to check for glucose in her urine. We have to ask for the strips at the pharmacy as they are not stocked on public shelfs.

Changed to Humulin N about a month ago under our Vet's guidence as regulation using Vetsulin was impossible to achive.

Ginger started with 2 units on Humulin N twice a day for around 5 days.
Then 3 units twice a day for another five days.
Then 5 units twice a day for two weeks.
As Ginger was generally high I then slowely raised her shots 1/4 of a unit over several more days. We are now at 7 units twice a day and finely her blood suger levels are in range. A quarter unit using a Humulin syringe is hard to set.


I changed from a IPET meter to a Walmart Micro meter. The Micro meter only requires 0.03 microliter. Micro meter cost is $12 and change and the strips are $22 and change for 50 strips. I add +35 to the Micro meter readings to get closer to a canine reading.

Time to update

We quit using I-Pet over a year ago as it required to much blood. We use a Relion Micro Meter from WalMart that works well. I add +35 to Micro meter readings to more reflect true canine level. I test Ginger on her rump each side of tail. I keep the areas shaved for proper access.

We changed to Novolin N and Novolin 70/30 some time ago.

At this time we feed Ginger three times a day and she gets 3 shots per day. See is fed at 6:00 AM, NOON and 6:00PM

First shot is near 6:00 AM, second shot noon and last shot at 6:00PM

First shot at this time is 9 units of Novolin N or Novolin 70/30, depending on her actions and blood level. If she will not eat a treat or her level is near 140 she gets 9 units of 70/30. If she will eat or her blood level is near 120 her shot will be 9 units of Novolin N. Shot at noon is 4 units of Novolin N. 6:00 PM shot is 9 units of Novolin N.

This regime seems to work fine for Ginger however subject to minor change depending on Gingers actions and glucose readings. In fact my Vet called last week and commended me. She also tried 3 shots per day and it helped with some of her problem dogs.

Her food is near 1/8 cup Royal SO and 1/8 cup of other foods, like chicken breast, Tuna, Ham, Winnie ETC. Royal SO controls non growth of bladder stones.


Other food is sprinkled with potassium citrate to prevent bladder stones. I use a salt shaker.I drilled larger holes in to apply a small amount to her foods.

Mesquito
10-16-2010, 03:53 PM
Dog's Name: Kya
Sex: Female
Breed: Shitzu/Chihua mix
Age: 10-1/2 (11/1999)
Current weight: 13lbs.
Diagnosed with diabetes April 2009
Diet: Hill's Science Diet W/D dry (I mix it with water and let it sit). Feed twice a day.
Treats: Liver crackers (about a handful), chicken stripes with glucosamine
Insulin: Was Vetsulin (6 unites/twice/day) up until Saturday July 10 when I ran out. Now she was given an Rx for Humilin N (NPD), but I was given NO info about this insulin from her vet.

Home testing: just strips but she ALWAYS reads high (the last color on the strip). I would like to purchase a Glucose Meter but do not know which one to purchase, ANY SUGGESTIONS =)

Health history: She is a producer of bladder stones and has had 2 surgeries to-date.

When Kya was diagnosed last summer I was not given any educational material, so I know VERY little about how to maintain her levels. Her vet just pretty much wanted me to bring her in all the time and I'm sorry but I'm not trying to empty my pocket book and fill his bank account. I don't much like the vet and if I could afford to switch to a new one I would.

Our dog Ginger was subject to bladder stones. She has had surgery twice a few years ago. She does well on Royal SO urinary food. We feed equal amounts of SO and other foods however we apply a small amount of potassium nitrate on other foods. Ginger has been bladder stone free over the last 8 years with this food regime. We tried Hills urinary at first but it did not control her bladder stone problem

eileen
10-16-2010, 05:00 PM
We changed to Novolin N and Novolin 70/30 some time ago.

At this time we feed Ginger three times a day and she gets 3 shots per day. See is fed at 6:00 AM, NOON and 6:00PM

First shot is near 6:00 AM, second shot noon and last shot at 6:00PM

First shot at this time is 9 units of Novolin N or Novolin 70/30, depending on her actions and blood level. If she will not eat a treat or her level is near 140 she gets 9 units of 70/30. If she will eat or her blood level is near 120 her shot will be 9 units of Novolin N. Shot at noon is 4 units of Novolin N. 6:00 PM shot is 9 units of Novolin N.


Curious...with NOT eating you give an insulin that has a fast acting portion, the 70/30? This strikes me as odd, could you explain the reasoning...thanks.

Also wondering how her glucose levels are during the night where the same day regimen is not followed.

simonejg
10-19-2010, 12:52 AM
..Monty..black lab 10 in Feb..was 36kg when diagnosed two months ago
Caninsulin 24 units am
diet...at the mo on Royal Canin healthy weight 1.5cups am and pm, might try making own food when bag finished

..blood glucose still high 25 in am, still trying to regulate..use Accucheck metre from his elbow

am new to this forum and have spent hours going through everyones notes and find it really helpful
thanks

oahu
10-19-2010, 08:44 PM
We use a Relion Micro Meter and for a long time thought it read low, so we added about +40 to the reading. Recently, the opportunity to check our meter with the vet's meter came up, and it turns out the meter is VERY accurate, at least for low (i.e. < 100) readings. Our dog doesn't seem to exhibit any symptoms when he has low glucose, so it was scary to find out that he really HAD been low a few times when we thought it was just the meter. Lesson learned. We now trust the meter's reading. Every dog is different, I'm sure, so it may not be accurate for everyone, but do use caution before assuming it reads low.

CraigM
10-19-2010, 09:24 PM
Oahu,
The question I have is what exact meter is used at your vet office? Was your meter compared to lab equipment, or another hand held meter?

oahu
10-20-2010, 09:17 PM
Hmm...I don't know the name of the meter the vet uses, but it's handheld.

pat3332
10-20-2010, 09:18 PM
Hello,

I'm new here and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all of the information I've gotten from all of you. My dog was recently diagnosed with diabetes and we've been working on regulating him for about 2 months.

Edit: Sorry, this was from my first post and I somehow managed to post it before it was finished. At least it's a lot shorter than the finished one. Feel free to delete it.

Pat

k9diabetes
10-20-2010, 09:22 PM
I'm glad you posted about this.

The general theory I've seen in regards to handheld meters is that they are always - with humans and with dogs and cats - most accurate at normal ranges of blood sugar and most unreliable at very high ranges of blood sugar.

With low readings it's worth going on the assumption that the meter is 100% accurate.

Fortunately, we never had to test our meter against a lab value at such low levels. But we did some meter to meter comparisons between the OneTouch and AlphaTrak and found an average difference of 35-40 points in the 100s upward but only about 20 points for levels below 100.

Natalie

k9diabetes
10-20-2010, 09:22 PM
I wonder if they used an AlphaTrak.

pat3332
10-31-2010, 03:36 AM
Some information about my AlphaTrak if anyone is interested. Hope it's OK if I post this here.
I got an AlphaTrak from my vet and on 10-27, we did some testing. First I tested Bailey at the elbow callous, then the vet drew venous blood and ran it in his blood machine and while waiting, used the same sample for his AlphaTrak and mine. These are the results:

From elbow callous........................................... ...169
Blood machine With Venous Sample.........................172
His AlphaTrak With Same Venous Sample..................158
My AlphaTrak With Same Venous Sample..................158

The AlphaTrak appears to be pretty accurate. The vet was happy with the comparison and said that he feels a lot more comfortable about the results I'm calling him with and he won't need to have me come in to the office as often to check Bailey's glucose level. That may save me enough to pay for it. The AlphaTrak was more expensive and I realize the accuracy may vary depending on how high or low the glucose level is but the accuracy we got at this level satisfies my somewhat O/C nature.

I thought the two AlphaTrak readings being identical was a little odd since I can't get the same readings twice if I do two tests at the same time from the same site.

I saw another thread about using the FreeStyle Lite strips in the AlphaTrak. I first had the FreeStyle and when compared against the AlphaTrak, the readings from my FreeStyle are always close to half of what the AlphaTrak shows at higher readings. They numbers do seem to get closer as the levels get lower. I have tried the FreeStyle strips in the AlphaTrak and the FreeStyle strips do work in the AlphaTrak, but the results vary somewhat at high and low levels. At higher glucose levels, the numbers with the FreeStyle strips were 15-20 lower than the AlphaTrak. At low levels (75 and below), they were 15-20 higher than the AlphaTrak. I haven't had a chance to compare them at a stable, mid-range reading yet since stable doesn't seem to be something Bailey is interested in achieving.

I'm still new at this so I don't know if a difference of 15-20 in the numbers is that significant or not. I've had my AlphaTrak vary that much when doing two checks at the same time from the same site, so I doubt that it matters that much. It's just my feeling that it may be a little more meaningful in the lower ranges than the higher, but again, I don't really know.

Another difference is that with the AlphaTrak strips, you insert the strip and have to push the "M" button to turn it on. With the FreeStyle Lite strips, when I insert the strip, the AlphaTrak turns on automatically like the FreeStyle does. Unfortunately, the AlphaTrak test strips do not work in my FreeStyle Lite at all, so I can't make that comparison.

Insulin: I saw in another thread that Wal-Mart had changed from Novolin to Lilly's Humulin for their ReliOn store brand of insulin. Since that thread is closed, I thought I'd post this here.

I have been using the ReliOn Novolin and it was getting low, so I went to my Wal-Mart and asked them about the change to Humulin. They still had some of the Novolin, but I asked them if they were carrying the Humulin from Lilly for their ReliOn brand yet. They had it, but I had to request it specifically, so I guess they are trying to use up the Novolin first. If you want the Humulin, you may have to request it until their stock of Novolin runs out. The Humulin was not branded ReliOn, but was still in the regular Lilly Humulin packaging. The price was the same for both however, just under $25.00.

Pat

SeattleCraig
11-18-2010, 07:03 PM
Dog's name, breed: Bob the Yorkie, 10 years old
Dog's weight: 8 lbs.
Diet: Hills A/D critical care and Pedialyte (pushing it right now with a baster-type thing, as he won't eat on his own.)
Insulin: Humulin
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 3 units, twice per day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: ReliOn Confirm right now, because I didn't know what I was doing.

Bob was just diagnosed last week. It's been a rough week. He got very sick, very fast, and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, diabetes, and possible renal failure all at once. After 4 intense days of subcutaneous fluid therapy at home, his BUN's, creatine, and phosphates have all returned to near perfect levels, and now I'm just working to get his diabetes well managed.

I have a lot of questions, but I'll just use the search function and read until I can gather my thoughts.

This is a wonderful resource.

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g302/ademas2006/P6290015.jpg

Caroline
11-24-2010, 08:13 AM
Dog's name, breed: Tilly, 12 year old Miniature Pinscher, just diagnosed
Dog's weight:13 lb.
Diet:Pedigree OM, .75 cups, twice daily, 30 min. before insulin
Insulin:
Humulin N starting dose of 2 units twice daily
Brand of BG meter if home testing:none yet-have ordered One Touch

Tilly was just diagnosed last week. I took her in after noticing that she was drinking and peeing way more than usual and knew this could be a sign of diabetes. She had a fasting glucose of 450 and the vet started her on 2 units of insulin. She is to go back for a day next week for the first curve test, after which her insulin amount will be adjusted. My purpose on this forum is to learn as much as possible about how to monitor and help control this disease so that Tilly can have the longest and healthiest life possible. Also, I am hoping to keep the vet bills as low as possible by learning to do this monitoring myself.

jas3
01-17-2011, 01:43 PM
just wondering if anyone has a dog out there that is having difficulty sleeping through the night after a diabetes diagnosis
our dog always slept thru the night without issue -now shes up 5 to 6 times whining and yipping- she doesnt even want to go out or need food or water -she just seems out of sorts
does anyone know of any safe sleep aids for dogs?
also on a side note has any tried any natural remedies to lower glucose successfully in addition to the insulin
lightnings sugars are still running in the 400-500s when i test her paw pad after being on 20 units on humulin n twice a day for 22 days now

debbie
01-17-2011, 03:39 PM
my dog buster use to be a great sleeper. He was diagnosed about almost 2 years ago. For the last couple of months he doesnt sleep thru the nite. He gets up like an alarm clock everynite about 2-3 and wants to go out. I dont know what it is. Once in a while he will let me sleep till 4:30 but that is rare. He also wants to eat at that time too.

IzzyfromTexas
01-17-2011, 03:58 PM
I was just complaining about our Izzy getting up at night in my "Thank you" thread. It was one of the signs that she displayed when she was first diagnosed, so when she started it again we were perplexed. After some investigating, her insulin had gone bad (whatever the term is for it losing it's effectiveness). When we got a new bottle and started using it her numbers went down and she is sleeping through the night again. (Knock on wood!) Also- try not giving her too much water before bed- maybe a couple of ice cubes so she won't ask to out. Izzie had started drinking a lot again and I'm sure that contributed to the hourly wake up barks.

HarrysMom
01-18-2011, 04:08 PM
My Harry seems to get up around 1AM - I measured his glucose, and this is when it runs high. He seems to be thirsty as he seeks out water even when he doesn't have to go potty. I would guess high blood sugar would do that.

Yunhee

Susie B
01-19-2011, 05:21 PM
My dog, Dooley, is a 12 year old beagle/poodle mix. He was diagnosed in July 2010 and is on Humulin N at 14 units twice a day. He's getting Royal Canin low fat dry and I mix the canned in his kong for a treat.

Just last evening I found out that his cataracts are mature which came on very sudden. I didn't know just how little he can see and I feel terrible about it.

Thanks for having this forum for people to find so much information about how to handle this situations.

Susie

Kelle
02-26-2011, 11:06 AM
Dog's name, breed: Puddles (Female), Chihuahua

Weight: 6.2lbs

Diet: Hills W/D dry and canned food.

Insulin: Humulin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: Currently at 2 units (up from 1 unit), twice a day, 8am/8pm (currently unregulated)

Brand of BG meter if home testing: AlphaTrak - I've only successfully got a reading for myself =P, Puddles just doesn't like to bleed.

emmiller522
04-11-2011, 12:59 PM
Dog's name, breed: Buzz (Male), Terrier Mix

Weight: ~20 lbs ideal (~18 lbs now)

Diet: Royal Canin High Protein Diet

Insulin: Humulin-N from Wal-Mart (Eli Lilly Reli-On)

Number of units per injection and injections per day: ~5 units, 2x/day 12 hrs apart. # of units depend on blood glucose testing from ear immediately prior to insulin injections.

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Abbott Labs AlphaTrak. Love it. We test from his ear 2x/day every day.

__________________

Buzz was diagnosed December, 2010. He is still unregulated, but we are moving in the right direction to get him regulated. Read more about him here: www.mydoghasdiabetes.blogspot.com (http://www.mydoghasdiabetes.blogspot.com)

DudleysMom
04-16-2011, 04:17 PM
Dog's name, breed: Dudley 8 yr old Puggle

Weight: 44 lbs.

Diet: Hills Prescription WD Canned

Insulin: Novolian N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 10 units twice a day

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Accu-chek Compact

My dog Dudley was just diagnosed with diabetes last week. He spent 3 days at the vets because his glucose levels were over 600. Giving him his insulin injections is fairly easy but I have been having trouble testing his glucose levels. I cant seem to get the dog to bleed enough anywhere I have tried his ears, callouses on the backs of his legs, and his lip and have had no luck. Im using the lancets that came with the glucose meter. Do pet lancets work better? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

diamondlinks
04-16-2011, 07:41 PM
Hi Dudley's Mom,

I had the same problems that you are having, getting enough blood. The place that I have ended up using is the elbow. I also tried the carpal pad but the blood seems to seep back into the pad. I had so much trouble I was in tears, I found out you must take it easy on yourself. Stop trying for a while then give it another try. I have found that the callous on the elbow works great, I do not recommend at least for me using the lancet device. I just use the lancet without the lancing device. You also need to check what gague lancet, I had to go to 26 gague. The lancets that come with the machine are to thin for a dogs skin. Good luck and keep trying, you will succeed.

DudleysMom
04-18-2011, 01:59 PM
Hi Loretta and Beau,
I just bought some thicker lancets so I'm hoping when I test him tonight I will be able to get a reading. I haven't used the lancet device that came with the meter. Hopefully the thicker lancet will be enough. Thank you for you help! :)

Pumpernickle
04-20-2011, 03:09 PM
Dog's name, breed: Pumpernickle...Fawn Pug

Weight: 28lbs (started at 35lbs)

Diet: Newly changed: Taste of wild (bison)

Insulin: Humulin-N (canadian at local pharmacy)

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 10.5 units 2x a day at 7:15 am and 7:15 pm immediately after food..inject on back of neck

Brand of BG meter if home testing: One touch ultra test at fasting times and at mid points when possible...test on callous on elbows

WE are still regulating so im sure the units with increase....dont ahve an opinion on the food yet am interested if anyone has any comments on this brand of food with a diabetic dog (he also has bladder stones that restrict his diet!!)

jesse girl
04-20-2011, 04:30 PM
jesses primary food ingredient is lean grounded beef heart with collard greens and kale chopped up finely in a food processor and mixed in with the meat to let the enzymes and amino acids begin to break it down I add small amounts of liver yam and pumpkin I will also put an egg in for good measure I also mix in a multi vitamin and some dog enzymes and probiotics (I special order the beef heart from the market it is allot cheaper than lean ground beef ) the beef heart is served raw

jesse girl
04-20-2011, 06:58 PM
we have been using the prodigy auto code for 3 months now its numbers compared very close to my true track which was analyzed with the vet and that meter was very close to the vets just a few points off from 250 and lower. the true track needs a large sample of blood and the prodigy is a very small blood sample

I compared to my relion and ulta mini there was about a 30 point difference in that 250 and below classification on those meters compared to the auto code

I decided to try it because of cost able to get strips 50 count on ebay from 2 to 8 dollars for 50 on ebay and amazon for 10 dollars with free shipping we are on a low budget situation and this makes it possible for us to afford jesses testing

the prodigy is a talking meter not sure if I like that part of it but you wont make a mistake on numbers you get audio and visual and of coarse you can plug it into your computer

nikki
04-28-2011, 10:01 AM
Nikki, she is a poodle
about 10-11 lbs.
food is wd from the vet
insulin right is from the vet but want to change to walmart
in the am just changed to 4 and evening 3 hope that will lower her levels
just started testing at home relion meter

open to any help.

cathyguinn
05-12-2011, 02:46 PM
Nikki, if you keep the shots at 12 hours apart that should make a difference. It did with my pug. I was administering insulin between 11-13 hours depending on my schedule, and when I was on a business trip, I had my vet tech care for him and she gave him insulin exactly 12 hours apart each day, regularly, same times, and his energy picked up and his blood sugar was great when I took him for his check up. Ever since, no matter what, I've done the 12 hour shots, and his energy has picked up.
Hope this helps,
Cathy

ILoveRotties
05-12-2011, 06:47 PM
Dog's name, breed: Jacob 7 1/2 year old Rottweiler

Weight: 128 lbs (was 150 lbs prior to pancreatitis)

Diet: Royal Canin Diabetes & Engers Beef with Chicken, 1900 cal/day divided by 2 meals. 3 Cups dry Royal Canin + 1/2 can Engers. I add cinnamon and chromium supplements along with Trixyn and Liquid Health for his arthritis. I also add a steamed veggie like broccoli, green beans, spinach or asperagus with garlic and tamari sauce.

Insulin: Humulin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: Currently at 32 units, twice a day, 6am/6pm (currently unregulated)

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Started with OneTouch Ultra. Just got a Contour USB but there is a big difference between these two meters. Have not had them to the vet yet to see which is closer to truth. Looking for a meter with less expensive strips, than the OneTouch. I use the underside of the lips, elbow callus or hand pad.

Paulamck
05-13-2011, 08:46 PM
Dog's name, breed: Bichon-Poo 13 years old
Dog's weight: 30 lbs (vet wants him to lose 10 lbs)
Diet: Hill w/d dry and canned (ceaser all his like prior along with various dry foods)
Insulin: Humulin NU-100
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 7cc twice per day

Brand of BG meter if home testing:

Don't have one yet...just diagnosed and I am a wreck. He has been on the insulin for 3 days now and also an antibiotic...he is not the same dog he was a week ago :( He doesnt go in for the curve until 2 weeks from this week...do you recommend the meter after we learn more about diabetes
??

Annie818
05-25-2011, 09:55 PM
Dog's name, breed: Lulu, Mini Pinscher

Dog's weight: 18.75lbs

Diet: Purina OM / 1 cup 2x per day

Insulin: Humulin-N

# units per injection and injections per day: 6 units in am & pm

Brand of BG meter if home testing: I’m not doing BG meter as of yet.


I don't know much about diabetes - whether it be human or canine form. This is truly a learning experience for me. Heartbreaking, yes... Hopeful... Always.

kitrose08
06-01-2011, 10:27 AM
Dog's name, breed: Hattie May, Rat Terrier Mix

Dog's weight: 31.5 pounds

Diet:White meat chicken 1 cup,green beans, One Beyond 1/3 cup.. 2 x a day

Insulin: Humulin-N

# units per injection and injections per day: 13 units in am & pm

Brand of BG meter if home testing: One Touch Ultra 2


TRYING TO LOWER HER SUGAR.......
__________________
.
Hattie May..Diagnosed 4/07/11, 13 units Humulin-N, 2x's/day.
Been steadily increasing insulin

Anna
06-10-2011, 09:30 PM
Dog's name, breed: Happy, mini poodle
Dog's weight: 11.5lb
Diet: Royal Canin Diabetic HF 90g with 2-3Tbsp of Tripett Tripe divided into 2-3 times per day...later to Royal Canin Hepatic 80g
Insulin: Humulin-N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 3 units with U-100 insulin syringe in am and pm
Brand of BG meter if home testing: One touch Ultra 2 and AlphaTRAK

CarolW
06-11-2011, 11:40 AM
Hi Anna,

Just wanted to remark that in fact, you're giving about 3.75 units of insulin, but MEASURING those units in a U-40 syringe, so that the fluid volume reaches the 1.5-unit MARKER (barrel-mark) on the U-40 syringe.

I'll be glad when you get those U-100 syringes you're planning to get, so that you can measure the actual number of units of insulin - as being the SAME as what the barrel-markings say!

http://www.coherentdog.org/vek/merrymeasure.php

Meantime, you might need to be careful when talking to vets, so nobody goes around giving your dog 1.5 UNITS of Humulin-N - believing that will keep your dog's BG levels under control.

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:39:26 (PDT)

snoopysmom116
06-24-2011, 01:25 PM
My dog Superman is 16 pounds. Is taking 7 units of Humulin N twice a day.
He was just diagnosed on April 18 and is not regulated yet. He is eating W/D mixed together with canned dog food chicken (Purina one, IAMS or Alpo)
I bought a Ipet monitor from petmeds but have not been able to get any blood with the lancing device (I think that is what it's called). It works on my finger though - got a drop of my blood.

Pamala
06-27-2011, 07:51 PM
My dog Superman is 16 pounds. Is taking 7 units of Humulin N twice a day.
He was just diagnosed on April 18 and is not regulated yet. He is eating W/D mixed together with canned dog food chicken (Purina one, IAMS or Alpo)
I bought a Ipet monitor from petmeds but have not been able to get any blood with the lancing device (I think that is what it's called). It works on my finger though - got a drop of my blood.

Heres the way we take the blood. We have a thin dog mat like the ones that are lined in a cage and place in on a counter. We put her up on there and she stands or lyes down. We use the little black piece of the paw thats under the front paws to get the blood from. We clean the area and pat it dry. Hold his paw and prick sometimes we have to gently turn the lancet and then take it out and give it a couple of seconds and the blood will come out.

Pamala
06-27-2011, 08:06 PM
Dog's name, breed: Bichon-Poo 13 years old
Dog's weight: 30 lbs (vet wants him to lose 10 lbs)
Diet: Hill w/d dry and canned (ceaser all his like prior along with various dry foods)
Insulin: Humulin NU-100
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 7cc twice per day

Brand of BG meter if home testing:

Don't have one yet...just diagnosed and I am a wreck. He has been on the insulin for 3 days now and also an antibiotic...he is not the same dog he was a week ago :( He doesnt go in for the curve until 2 weeks from this week...do you recommend the meter after we learn more about diabetes
??

Yes it is so easy to take a curve I wish i would have save the $300 at the vet for my first 3 curves! My vet showed me how and it was easy. We take the blood from the tiny front paw. The one piece of paw that is under the big front paw. I see a lot of people take it from the inside of the lip thats not for me there is so much germs in the mouth.

Pamala
06-27-2011, 08:16 PM
Dog's name, breed: Jacob 7 1/2 year old Rottweiler

Weight: 128 lbs (was 150 lbs prior to pancreatitis)

Diet: Royal Canin Diabetes & Engers Beef with Chicken, 1900 cal/day divided by 2 meals. 3 Cups dry Royal Canin + 1/2 can Engers. I add cinnamon and chromium supplements along with Trixyn and Liquid Health for his arthritis. I also add a steamed veggie like broccoli, green beans, spinach or asperagus with garlic and tamari sauce.

Insulin: Humulin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: Currently at 32 units, twice a day, 6am/6pm (currently unregulated)

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Started with OneTouch Ultra. Just got a Contour USB but there is a big difference between these two meters. Have not had them to the vet yet to see which is closer to truth. Looking for a meter with less expensive strips, than the OneTouch. I use the underside of the lips, elbow callus or hand pad.

I use a product called sashas blend on my three old dogs including my girl that has diabetes. After just 2 weeks on it they were running around like puppies! http://www.sashas.ca/cb_pages/sashas_blend.php

Pamala
06-27-2011, 08:26 PM
Dog's name, breed: Buzz (Male), Terrier Mix

Weight: ~20 lbs ideal (~18 lbs now)

Diet: Royal Canin High Protein Diet

Insulin: Humulin-N from Wal-Mart (Eli Lilly Reli-On)

Number of units per injection and injections per day: ~5 units, 2x/day 12 hrs apart. # of units depend on blood glucose testing from ear immediately prior to insulin injections.

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Abbott Labs AlphaTrak. Love it. We test from his ear 2x/day every day.

__________________

Buzz was diagnosed December, 2010. He is still unregulated, but we are moving in the right direction to get him regulated. Read more about him here: www.mydoghasdiabetes.blogspot.com (http://www.mydoghasdiabetes.blogspot.com)
I heard that high Protein can cause bladder stones.

Pamala
06-27-2011, 08:35 PM
my dog buster use to be a great sleeper. He was diagnosed about almost 2 years ago. For the last couple of months he doesnt sleep thru the nite. He gets up like an alarm clock everynite about 2-3 and wants to go out. I dont know what it is. Once in a while he will let me sleep till 4:30 but that is rare. He also wants to eat at that time too.

Do you take your own glocose tests? I bet that he has high numbers at night and thats what is making him have to go pee. When he wakes up take a test and see. he may need an insulant or food change.

Abby's Mom
07-14-2011, 07:03 AM
Dog's name, breed: Abby, Schnorkie (1/2 Min. Schnauzer 1/2 Yorkshire Terrier)

Weight: 18 lbs (was 28 lbs prior to dx)

Diet: 1/2 Cup Honest Kitchen; Zeal - 1/2 Egg, 1 tsp of millet (cooked 15mins)
Supplements each day: Canine Whole Body Support 1/8 tsp or NutraVet, Bilberry, Cranberry, CoQ10 Insulin: Novolin N 5.0-5.5 Units 2x a day 12 hrs apart

Brand of BG meter if home testing: AlphaTrak2

Patty
07-14-2011, 12:21 PM
Diet: Raw. 30% Raw Meat (switch a bit between Ground Lamb, Fish, Ground Lean Beef, Ground Chicken (sometimes chicken wings), Ground Turkey (sometimes turkey necks), the remaining portion is made of Cooked Brown Rice, Cooked Barley, lightly steamed Kale, raw Brocolli, raw Green Beans, raw Sweet Potatoes, raw Carrots. Wheat Berries (additional Carb) or White Rice. I make batches, and then I freeze them in daily portions. Sounds like a lot of work, but really isn't. When feeding a raw diet, I have read that it is a good idea to be switching out protiens.



Hi Barb,
I just read through Abby's diet. I know you're getting some good numbers right now, so it's hard to mess around with diet. But I wanted to bring up a few concerns. There are a few foods that I wouldn't feed raw on a daily basis.

One is raw sweet potato. Sweet potato contains an enzyme inhibitor that can prevent the digestion of protein. This trypsin inhibitor is no longer active once the potato is cooked (but this will also change the starch content and your numbers likely). Let me see if I can find an article on this. Here, scroll down this page: http://vegpeace.org/rawfoodtoxins.html

Another is raw broccoli. Raw broccoli and cauliflower contain goitrogens that can inhibit thyroid funtion. If you just parboil it (ie. drop the broccoli into boiling water for two minutes) this inactivates the goitrogens. It also makes the vegetables more digestible. As a small treat, I wouldn't worry but depending on the amount and when used on a daily basis I'd use caution.

I think the raw green beans are fine if you are just using them for fiber. Dogs typically can't break down the cell walls of vegetables unless they are pulverized or partially cooked. So they aren't really used by the body raw except as bulk as I understand it.

Hope that helps,
Patty

Abby's Mom
07-15-2011, 06:32 AM
Thanks Patty! I didn't know. (what would I do without all of your knowledge). One saving grace is that I do mix up the vegetables, as well as the protein, on a day to day basis. I have been not buying or making any thing with sweet potatoes, as well as putting limiting amounts of carrots in. The other item I rotate is barley and brown rice. Sometimes she gets pure pumpkin, yogurt and raw egg.

I do process everything in a food processer (so, everything is a mush, except for the meat), but I will par boil the brocolli, so she can digest better. I have not had any problems with her digestion, and her stools seem to be "healthy".

Thanks for the suggestions.

Patty
07-15-2011, 07:53 PM
Keep us posted on how the changes go :)

jesse girl
07-15-2011, 08:25 PM
jesse raw diet is not completely raw the beef side is and the green leafy vegetables but the vegetables are pulverized in a food processor and blended into the grounded beef to let the enzymes in the meat break the vegetable mater down further

she gets eggs and yams but they are cooked beef I believe is check more frequently than other meats and i do freeze it to kill any parasites of coarse bacteria can survive her health has improved no more infections if she gets a scrape she heals quick so her immune system seems to be doing well

the only complaint is I would like her to put a bit more weight on but even commercial food did not do that she maintains what shes got and lighter is better for chasing rabbits but not much surplus if she does get sick again

Cebe
08-21-2011, 07:03 AM
Looking for food advice now. Here are Zoe's stats:

Dx 6/1/11
Black lab mix, usually 60lbs
Humulin n 11 units 2x day

Food: pinnacle trout and sweet potato. 1.5 cup 2x day.

Zoe has food allergies but I don't know what causes the allergic reaction. Beef is a no-no, and so are grains etc. The pinnacle food is a limited ingredient food.

Usually if she eats food that causes a reaction she will have several symptoms: itching, excessive elimination, hyperactivity, panting, itchy ears, postures on skin, hot spots.

With the pinnacle, her only symptom is some postures on her belly and they could be from another source related to her current hair loss.

Before her diabetes dx, she was on CA Natural herring and sweet potato, but darn that company, the last (expensive) bag I bought caused a reaction and so I've had to leave that food behind, even though I liked it and it was the most successful food so far, but now I can't trust the consistency.

Considering that I'm spending a fortune on her food and bc of her diagnosis, I had a telephone consult with a holistic vet. She said I could start a raw food diet using fish but I was so overwhelmed I just couldn't follow what she was telling me. It was all too fast, and it sounded expensive - fish 2x a day?

I'm still interested in cooking for my dog, and I wonder if there's a homecooked diet I can create for her that might save me money and help her symptoms.

I don't plan to make any changes until I get more familiar with her curves and until she is regulated for a while, but I want to work this out.

Thank you!!

AZPitasmom
09-11-2011, 03:57 PM
Just to keep things consistent

Dog's name, breed: Pita - she is a "Yurgess" that is ' Yur gess is as good as mine"
Dog's weight: last count 48 lbs - down from 65 but up from 43 (thank goodness)
Diet: In the process of changing to Wellness Core Grain-free Reduced Fat
Insulin: Humalin-N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 12 units/2xs
Brand of BG meter if home testing: US Diagnostics and in the process of setting up to home test (per the vet when the food switch is complete)

sheureka
09-11-2011, 04:14 PM
Name - Rowlf
Weight - 15 pounds
Breed - Bichon Frise
Food - 1/2 cup Royal Canin Diabetic 2x, plus chicken jerky and pumpkin/cranberry cookie after shot
Insulin - 4.5 units Humulin N 2x
Meter - AlphaTrak

ILoveRotties
09-12-2011, 04:03 AM
My Jacob gets less if I am going to walk him. He will get 8 units of Levimir at 6am and 8 1/2 units at 6pm. I still have to give him honey before our walk or figs along the walk if I sense he is getting sluggish. And the extra 1/2 unit of Levimir is a lot more than 1/2 a unit of humulin but it seems to work for Jacob. The Levimir is doing a better job keeping his curve looking like a healthy even with the walks.

redsassyrn
11-05-2011, 07:59 PM
Name: Samson (Sammy!)
Age-8 years
Weight-20-22 lbs
Breed-Shitzu/bichon/lhasa
Food-still guessing (science diet toy light/evo turkey 80%protien)
Insulin-NPH 10 units BID
meter--urine strips
New diabetic (diagnosed one year ago)--have both parents, neither are diabetic as far as I know. Urine strips used---usually high glucose. Still trying to find control and my own education. Problem is all three have been raised with food out 24/7 without an issue. ready to give up and just use any old dogfood since the expensive foods really arent helpful in glucose control. Still give same amount of insulin with Evo or Science Diet light.
Any help would be appreciated since this is getting quite expensive to experiment.

jim maceri
11-16-2011, 10:55 AM
Spirit Newfoundland
125 pounds
Hill WD Kibble
Boiled chicken
Hills WD can made into gravy.

Treats: Hills Biscuits/DS joint tabs

Meter: Alpha track
Humulin N 12 units 2x per day

walks 3 per day average about 2.5 miles total.

farrwf
11-16-2011, 11:14 AM
Dog's name, breed:
Otis, Pug

Weight:
average of between 28 - 30 pounds. Was down to 24 when diagnosed.

Diet:
Hill's WD kibble with either ground chuck or ground chicken thigh or hard boiled egg. Usually gets 3/4 of a hard boiled egg as a mid day snack.

Insulin:
Humulin (Relion) N

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
average of 10.75 units per injection
two injections per day, every twelve hours

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Not testing yet. Using urine test strips and monitoring behavior.

HarrysMom
11-16-2011, 12:16 PM
Dog's Name
Harry, Irish Setter, 13 yo, 74 lbs

Diet
Royal Canin Renal MP (low protein, high fat and high carb) and B.G. canned food toppingn mixed with broccoli and psyllium - despite this diabetes-unfriendly diet, his BGs are relatively OK now. He gets freeze dried liver and egg white as treats, and also gets Wellness Grain Free canned cat food with his pills.

Insulin
Humulin N, 22.5 iu AM and 21 iu PM

Meter
AlphaTrak and OneTouch Ultra

kfazio
11-28-2011, 09:02 AM
my dog's name is Jake

mini schnauzer, 7 yrs 26 lbs

Insulin Humulin N 6 IU in the Am and 6 IU in the PM (12 hours apart)

currently eating Innova dry mixed with Merrick soft food - food is now being mixed with science diet wd

update now Jake is on 8 IU in the AM and 8 IU in the PM - his next BG curve is 12/14/11

just purchased the Alphtrak meter - now I have to learn how to use it

Kat Negron
12-18-2011, 06:28 PM
Hi there, brand new with my newly diagnosed pup, Gigi. She received her official diagnosis about two weeks ago. Sure hoping we can get regulated soon!

Dog's name, breed: Gigi, Jack Russell/Beagle mix (just turned 8 on Nov 1)
Dog's weight: 26 lbs (down from 29.5)
Diet: Right now a mix of Iams weight control (dry) and Royal Canin Diabetic Prescrip. (wet) About a cup of dry with 1/4 cup wet twice a day (6 AM and 6 PM)
Insulin: Hum. N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 6 units 2x per day (between 6-7 AM and 6-7 PM)
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Right now, glucose and keto sticks and Freestyle Lite

Really kind of nervous right now because her bg is pretty high (glucose meter says at the highest point around 500 and the urine strip says over 1000 so I'm not sure what to believe). Testing for ketones, too, and those have been negative. Only on day 2 of insulin injections right now.

Penny Lane
12-20-2011, 11:36 AM
Dog's name:Penny

Breed: Labrador x

Age: 13

Diagnosed: Oct/2010

Weight: 21.2kg

Diet: Hill's WD dry food

Insulin:Caninsulin

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
2 x 20 units

Other med.: Vetmedin (heart murmur), Soloxine (Thyroid)

Penny is blind since March 2011, but not 100% as she knows day & night. She doesn't have a problem at all which she shows on daily walks of around 20 min each. Recently she started getting up during the night and drinks a lot, which results in having to walk her 3AM in the morning. Been to the vets yesterday and waiting for the blood results.

Tparkspage
01-25-2012, 05:43 PM
Hi Zega our male lab 10 .5 years old has been diagnosed about a month ago and we are still trying to regulate his insulin. He start at 7 units and we are at 12.5 units tonight. It is such a slow frustrating process. Zega has been very difficult in the eating his breakfast or dinner and he used to be such a great eater. He was 90 lbs and now at 75 lb. He is now eating purina dco 1cup with one cup turkey morning and evening that is if I am lucky. His blood glucose level original was in the 500. Now we wake in the 300 stay around 250 and above till evoking back at 300. I assume his insulin humilin N is not last the full 12 hours on him and just wonder if we get him down further with his bgs that he won't be so high in the morning. Also have noticed that bg before walk is lower then after not sure if that is because he is staying above the 250 level. I also wonder if there is not a quicker way to get the dosing of insulin correct. Our vet wants to wait 3-4 days between increases of only one unit. Btw his onset seemed quick one day being active then ear infection to visit to vet to two days later at the ER for five days with pancratisis. Has anyone else had it hot so quickly? He is still very tired and lethargic. Just scared the high blood glucose is killing him slowly. He also acquire a droopy eye where the inner eyelid third eye lid as the vet said is partially closed. She claims it is not an infect just syptom. Not sure myself on this.

Brundyln
02-04-2012, 11:51 AM
Hi,

New to the site.

8 Yr old Choc Lab: Bruno

127lbs. (solid)

Diagnosed a year ago and has been blind for 3 months

I feed him SD w/d grain and can- 3 cups and 1 can/day split into 2 feedings

42units Humulin N bid ($24.88 @ Walmart)

1/2", 1cc, 29G syringes (have purchased from Diabeticsupplies for as little as
$5.50/hundred).

Bayer Breeze 2 meter; always +/- 20 units from blood tests. ($46 for 100)
I use elbow pad and scar on tip of tail for testing.

I, unfortunately, had a GSD with degenerative myelopathy (he passed 10/14/2011). The time I spent caring for him prevented me from giving my lab the early attention he needed which resulted in a delayed diagnosis. I saw him losing weight, but thought it was due to the high fiber-high protein diet he was eating along with my shepherd. By the time the non-stop drinking and voiding started he was in ketoacidosis. Even though I was able to regulate his BG quickly, the damage to his eyes had already begun. The only thing that allows me to take solace in my negligence is his uncanny ability to adapt to his loss of sight. He would still fetch a thermo-nuclear weapon if I threw one. It just takes him longer to find it via scent...but he would find it and bring it right to me.

Thrilled I found the site!

Brundyln

diamondlinks
02-04-2012, 12:19 PM
Welcome

I hope this forum will help you as much as it has for our family. Most of the dogs here are smaller than ours so it's nice to see someone with a large dog. Also to see how much insulin your dog uses, I thought I was the only one that uses so much. My dog used to weigh 109 pounds but now is holding steady at 100 pounds. We are still after 1 1/2 years trying to get a good dosage to help him regulate his bg numbers. Beau is using Humulin N 35u in the am, and 36u in the pm. We must do BG testing again soon to see how his numbers are. They went up recently but we have been giving him glucosamine and we found it raised his bg, so we have stopped and raised his insulin hoping to get him back in line. He really needs the glucosamine for his hips and legs, I am not sure what to do about that. Beau is 8 years old and he lost a lot of his sight about 4 months ago but still does well.

k9diabetes
02-06-2012, 07:43 PM
Hi Loretta!

Nice to see you here. :)

Natalie

momofdecker
02-07-2012, 03:45 AM
Name: Decker, 8 years old at dx (11.5.11)

Breed: Mixed - some lab

Weight: 98lbs at dx - has lost weight since start of thyroid meds - down to 88lbs.

Diet: Wellness Core Reduced Fat dry food - 15oz (a little over 1.5c) fed twice a day. Also add vit. A, E, B12 methylcobalamin and Fish Oil to morning meal and B12 methylcobalamin and fish oil to evening meal.

Insulin: Levemir only

Injections: 3u - 5u of levemir twice a day (bg ranges from 80 - 299)

Brand of Meter: One Touch Ultra - test on the inner lip.

Additional Information: Diagonosed in early Nov. 2011. Started at 40u of NPH twice a day. Overdosed for just under six weeks before finding this forum and reducing the dose to 20u and then 15u. Worked back up to to 37u of NPH and were unable to regulate - bg ran 300 - 600 throughout the day. Went blind in May 2012. May 2012 switched to levemir. Started at 5u and worked up. Hit regulation range numbers on 10u in June 2012. June 2012 tested UCCR for cushings (negative), pancreatitis (positive), high triglycerides (positive - 383), high cholesterol (positive - 1055) and hypothyroidism (positive). Started thyroid meds late June 2012. In five days levemir dose dropped from 10u to 6u and then dropped to 5u. Had on/off rear leg weakness since dx. Front legs showed weakness in May and progressed. Got better in July/August and all four legs got worse in Sept. 2012. Oct. 2012 - neurologist diagnosed a C1-C5 cervical lesion causing compression of spine - thus causing the symptoms. Due to restricted finances, cause of lesion was not determined. Started 300mg gabapentin twice a day - insulin dropped to 4.5u. Late Oct. 2012 leg weakness progressed to front paw knuckling, a lot of falling, unable to get up on own at times, unable to navigate stairs on own, bouts of fecal incontinence. Late November/early December GP vet prescribed prednisone, 20mg twice a day and tramadol 100mg three times a day. Insulin needs dropped to 3u - 5u. Mobility improved on 20mg twice a day/once next day alternate schedule.

CeeDee
02-19-2012, 06:02 PM
Name: Sam, 9.5 years old diagnoses 5/2011

Breed: Golden/Rottie plus unknown

Weight: 90 lbs

Diet: 1.5 Purina DCO + spoonful ff cottage cheese + protein (lean beef,chicken... small amt) 2x day + 1/3 cup DCO @bedtime w/Purina lite snacker treat

Insulin: 70/30 Humuin 21 units 2x day

Meter: Accu-Chek Aviva; reads 20-30 lower than vet


Other: started on Humulin N when 1st diagnosed but had low bg at about 3:30 in afternoon so food not syncing with insulin. Still not controlled 2/2012. Just when i think he's stable he will low bg at odd time. I'm struggling to adjust bg when it gets low.

Sunnyside
02-24-2012, 03:50 PM
Hi,
I'm new to the site.

Name: Cooky, 10.5 years old diagnoses 2/2010

Breed: Min Pin

Weight: 13.5 lb

Diet: Nutrisca chicken dry food + Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken can food

Insulin: Humulin N : 5 units 2x/day

Meter: AlphaTrak until now and planing to change due to difficult to get numbers with. Tried Reli-On for one day and it was very easy to use.

Other: Cataract surgery on one eye in 8/2010 and prosthetic eye on other eye same time due to glaucoma. Currently, became blind in 10/2010 and showed signs of glaucoma on existing eye. Vet ophthalmologist checking for eye pressure for further pain.

Yulia & Cooky:)

jgr789
02-25-2012, 07:41 AM
Hi,
Also new to this site which has been a godsend!

Name: Sadie, 9.5 years; old diagnosed 12/2011

Breed: Lab Mix

Weight: 76.5 lbs

Diet: 1 1/2 cups of Wellness Core Grain Free Reduced Fat + 1 cup Hills Prescription W/D Lowfat with 1/3 cup boiled chicken and 1/2 cup chicken broth 2X a day. Also loves homemade chicken jerky after shots

Insulin: Humulin N - 26 units 2x/day purchased at Walmart

Syringes: ReliOn 29 gauge

Meter: Started using Freestyle Lite but read way lower than the Vets so switched to OneTouch Ultra2

Other: BG still unregulated but have progressed from being over 500 to highs being below 350. Vet also recommended giving Vitamin B12

JayneN
03-03-2012, 07:17 AM
Good morning!

Name: Shadow 9 yrs old diagnosed 3/1/2012

Breed: Cairn Terrier

Weight: 18 lbs

Diet: 1/4 can Hills Science Presciption Diet W/D wet, 1/2 cup Hills Science W/D dry for grazing eats this amount twice a day
Insulin: Humulin N - 9 units 2x/day

diamondlinks
03-03-2012, 07:36 AM
Welcome,

Sorry to meet you with our dogs both diabetics, but we will make it. This forum has been very helpful, may I say a God send. Just my thoughts but I have done a lot of research on what food is good for our best friend. I started on Hills Science Presciption Diet because that is what my vet was pushing. Well when I looked at the ingredients it did not make sense to me. First thing is corn meal, what is that a starch, which turns to sugar. It just didn't make sense to me, so I found Wellness Core Reduced Fat that is very healthy. Seems to work well but my friend has not been regulated yet and Beau was diagnoised in September 2010. It is a constant hit and miss and I am told one day the right combination will work. Read a lot here and knowledge will make you feel better.

dbkookie
03-07-2012, 07:02 AM
Name: Joey
Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Weight approx 22 pounds
Insulin: Humulin N 5 units 2X day
Diet: I researched dry dog food and decided on Orijen Senior since it has won awards for low glycemic the past two years. His treats are also award, Nutrisca freeze dry. I did make up some treats that contain brown rice flour, ground turkey and eggs.
Joey is my foster dog who came into rescue with diabetes. I am hoping with the food and treats I can help get his sugar levels down. When he went to my vet 2 weeks ago (when I got him) they were ranging between 230 & 400. He goes back on the 13th so fingers crossed this is working.

sugabuga
03-17-2012, 04:46 PM
Name: Annie
Weight 70lbs
Age 8 yrs this month
Food: Hills Science Diet Light -
Dose/Med: Humulin N - w/1 can of food am and 1 can at pm feeding: 17u/17u
still regulating (w/vet visits every 3-5 days) - so yesterday at 4p (8 hours after 1 can of food and 15u) she tested at 323. Vet upped to 10u (w/ 1/2 can or 17 w/1 full can)

The more I read the more questions I have being a newbie !

how will i know if her blood sugar goes too low or too high? I need to get a meter to read at home. can someone recommend best one ? Annie will not like getting pricked i'm pretty certain but i have to get her used to it. How often should I do it? I think once we get a bit of regulation thru the vet visits, home reading is important, right?
what is a curve?
forgive me on this one - what is the term for too low sugar, is it hyp ____?
what is the name of the syrup to use if she goes into this state?
So far she's been fine but dont want to be unprepared if anything goes wrong.

I'm trying to read but one thing leads me to another link to another and i'm feeling a bit confused.
After a correct dose, does your dog get quiet, fidgety or anything like it to expect?
Treats - i see people give chicken, hard boiled eggs - my vet keeping us on a pretty strict diet of reg food and veggies - is this because she is getting over pancreatitis (which seems over with) and also because she is still being regulated?

My cushings boy is barking in the other room because he's alone so going to go keep him company : ) thanks everyone...

patseyj
03-29-2012, 05:25 AM
First thing. I am a newbie!! Have learned so much in 1 month on this site!

Abbey (mini schnauzer) was diagnosed March 1st, 2012 and started on NPH.

Weight: 13-14 lbs

Her current diet: Hill's w/d kibble and Merrick canned (Low glycemic)food.

Insulin: NPH 4 units 2 x a day. Still trying to get her regulated. Note: Check out Walmart for the NPH. No Rx needed and vial about $24.99. Ensure to get the syringes to match the insulin.

Meter used: TRUE2Go. Love it! Will test with a drop the size of a poppyseed. Purchased 1st meter, TRUEtest. Was a good meter, BUT needed ALOT more blood to test. Tip: Take your meter to the vet with you, if you get a curve done to see how your meter measures up to the vets. This way you can rely on truer readings at home. ;)

tobysdad
04-07-2012, 05:41 PM
Hi,

Name: Toby 7 yrs old diagnosed 4/4/2012

Breed: mixed Breed

Weight: 35 lbs

Diet: I'm still working on this toby is so spoiled and set in his ways this will be the hardest part.


Insulin: Humulin N - 5 units 2x/day



I'm a total newbie toby my mixed breed was just diagnosed 3 days ago and I'm totally lost I just brought him home yesterday I just started him on insulin I haven't figured out a diet yet he is spoiled and i need all the help I can get toby means everything to me.

I post more details as I get them, but I also don't know what I should be posting to get the most info I will need.


thank u
tobysdad

Athena
04-13-2012, 05:22 PM
Hi! Newbie here, I hope to learn more about my baby's disease on this site.

Dog's name, breed: Athena, she is a 9yo German Shepard/Rottie mix
Dog's weight:Currently 61lbs (she was 70lbs before being diagnosised and dropped down to 55 lbs, still working on getting her back to a healthy weight)
Diet: Hill's Active Longevity 2xs/day
Insulin: Humilin N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 19units 2xs/day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Still in the market, but I cannot wait to start testing her myself.

chezz
04-15-2012, 03:17 AM
Hi there

My Name is Cheryl I am in Australia I just found out my beloved dog has diabetes he is spent the day at vets and they told me he reading was 23 and after the insulin it came to 17 I asked her if I could test my little man at home and she said no …I said I don’t understand why you can’t test at home as when I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes …she said that was their job to monitor it and to bring him back next week for his curves ……of course I was not happy with this because I was worried I would over dose him on insulin if his readings where not that bad , so I jumped on the net and this is where I am at…

I also have heard of a dvd called reversing diabetes in 30 days by raw for life ( for humans) so I started thinking if a raw diet reverses diabetes in humans why can’t it work for dogs I haven’t feed him commercial food since reading food pets die for by Anne martin ..however I was feeding him brown rice potatoes and pasta mixed with raw mince …..obviously this has not been the best heath choice as I didn’t know of his condition until know, I did find b.a.r.f but I noticed it has carrots in the formula and carrots contain natural sugar I am so confused

I have him on turkey. Chicken and salmon at the moment but he is a big boy so it gunna cost me a fortune … can you please help me with some advice

I love my boy so much and I am devastated at the news

I Went out yesterday and bought a meter to measure his levels this morning his reading was 23..5 I tested him again at 1.02 pm and his reading was 22.9 …I have no idea what I am doing here because my vet gave me no advise on food except just keep feeding what you always feed him …but isn’t rice, patatos, pasta all wrong ..

Also has anyone on here have an unvaccinated dog with diabetes ???? think I will find a new vet please help he is a collie x blue healer on 5ml insulin twice a day …the vet said to olny feed him twice a day when his shots are due is this correct

cheryl

ladihawk
04-17-2012, 02:01 PM
Dog's name, breed: Ryley, yellow lab
Dog's weight: now 85 was 105 before he got sick
Diet: 2c regular dry food and 1/2c oatmeal 2x/day
Insulin: humalin n
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 17/day x2
Brand of BG meter if home testing: n/a


Hi everyone we are very glad to have found this site :) Being a "newbie" to this I was extremely overwhelmed and felt lost. I have been reading for a bit before I finally decided to post. Our Ryley was diagnosed about 2 weeks ago. He was having a hard time walking(thought he got kicked by a doe in the backyard) when we finally brought him to the vets. (He is extremely picky and only likes one vet @the hospital and had to wait for her.) He had a large amount of keytones(reason for rapid weight loss) in his urine and had to be in the hospital to start getting those down. He has been doing good since and are finally seeing our boy back, but not regulated yet, has to go for another curve next week.

jjefferjo
04-17-2012, 04:10 PM
Hey
and welcome one of the moderators will come along and move this thread over to the other side. Or you can start a new in the forum section and tell us more about Ryley.
How was he walking before he got kicked?
welcome and again you have found the best forum for support.
Jj

DocWatson
04-19-2012, 12:26 PM
Hi my name is Roy, and my dog is Watson. I am new to all this and am extremely thankful I found this forum. :)

Dog's name, breed: Watson, lab/Doberman mix, 11 years old
Dog's weight: Currently 61lbs (he was 65- 68 lbs before the diagnosis but was a little overweight for his size anyway. He was right at 60 lbs for the first 4 years.)
Diet: Horizon Legacy, 1 cup per meal x 2 per day, 2 tbs pumpkin mixed with ˝ tsp 4Life Transfer Factor supplement.
Insulin: Humilin N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: started at 15 units 2 x a day, just went to 18 units 2x a day after the last curve test this past Monday, April 16. Will return on April 30 for another curve test.
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Vet says I don’t need to test at home, but I don’t buy this and her explanation of why I don’t need to worry about testing at home.
Exercise: About a 20 – 30 minute walk, depending on how much he wants to smell around and sniff everything. He has reinjured an old CCL injury from about 3 years ago, so the walks are slow until I can get him back to walking without too much pain. He also has hip dysplasia in his left hip, though that has not caused him any problems so far. I have him on 100 mg of Rimadyl a day, but he was on 75mg of Deramaxx until they stopped making it recently. I prefer the Deramaxx over the Rimadyl, but no side effects I can tell of. I also give him 2 Phycox tablets 2 x a day, these are supplements for the glucosamine and Chondroitin extras.

maryhad2lambs
05-04-2012, 05:16 PM
Dog's name, breed: Runner, greyhound

Dog's weight: 78.8 pounds

Diet: Royal Canin Diabetic

Insulin: NPH

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 12 units in the am and 12 in the pm

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Currently I do not use a meter to check Runner's glucose, but watch for clinical signs and symptoms. I also check his urine. I do have a One Touch if I see anything that may be hypo or hyperglycemia

Shellie
05-04-2012, 07:39 PM
Mary...I created a new thread for you of your very own. It's titled Runner. Just look down and you should find it. Welcome to the forum!

ycalwb
05-08-2012, 04:40 PM
dogs breed Minature Schnauzer Name Gunni
age 8 1/2 weighs 28pds.
humlin insulin now using 10u 2x a day
Eats fit and trim with boiled chicken
I use the alphaTrak2 monitor to keep track of his levels. It is a little more expensive, but I need to be as accurate as I can as his glucose spikes up to the 400's, have only recently been diagnosed (Feb 2012) Still working on getting him regulated, but he has an infection in his anal glands which is really throwing him for a loop!

DocWatson
05-26-2012, 06:36 AM
Watson
Lab mix
63-65 lbs
Humulin N (NPH)
17 Units 2 x a day (8am - 8pm)
Meter: ReliOn from Walmart (Got a Freestyle Lite but no strips yet) My goal is to eventually get an AlphaTrak 2 from Abbott Labs.

Food:
Was using Horizon Legacy, transitioned over to Darford Zero/G (Poultry and Seafood) 5.2 dry ounces per meal.

3 tbs of 100% pumpkin puree, 2 tbs steamed broccoli and green beans finely chopped, 2 tsp Flax Meal, 1/2 tsp 4Life Transition Factor supplement for immune system health. I give the kibbles and pumpkin mix separately.

sherifi
07-02-2012, 04:41 PM
This is a great resource and I am so glad I found it.

Najid, Bichon Frisee
24.5 pounds.
Currently I have him on Zignature limited ingredient turkey grain and starch free food and I mix a little of Evangers grain free wet food with it to get him to eat it.
Humulin N 4 units twice a day, usually 8 am and 8pm
No Glucose monitoring at the moment.
he is still feeling too tired for any form of exercise beyond short walks

He was diagnosed 6/19 and I just started the insulin a few days ago, He lost about 1 pound since he was diagnosed and he was skipping meals, since I started the new food he is eating full meals but he is more lethargic so I suspect that the insulin in not enough yet.

The vet's plan is to start with 4 units of insulin twice a day and adjust upwards till his symptoms have disappeared, he goes back to the vet next week for the first adjustment, she does not advice blood or urine testing.
I am planning to do urine testing at least as soon as I get the supplies for that and I am still contemplating blood testing, even though I got a bayer contour device and tested on myself many many time to make sure that it is not really painful I am not not comfortable using it on him.

Ukulani's Mom
07-02-2012, 04:52 PM
Ukulani is mixed terrier, mostly Wheaton, we think.
30 lbs.
Royal Canin Low Fat GI. supplemented with home made.
on 10 U humulin N 2X day.
AlphaTrak meter.

CraigM
07-02-2012, 05:00 PM
This is a great resource and I am so glad I found it.

Najid, Bichon Frisee
24.5 pounds.
Currently I have him on Zignature limited ingredient turkey grain and starch free food and I mix a little of Evangers grain free wet food with it to get him to eat it.
Humulin N 4 units twice a day, usually 8 am and 8pm
No Glucose monitoring at the moment.
he is still feeling too tired for any form of exercise beyond short walks

He was diagnosed 6/19 and I just started the insulin a few days ago, He lost about 1 pound since he was diagnosed and he was skipping meals, since I started the new food he is eating full meals but he is more lethargic so I suspect that the insulin in not enough yet.

The vet's plan is to start with 4 units of insulin twice a day and adjust upwards till his symptoms have disappeared, he goes back to the vet next week for the first adjustment, she does not advice blood or urine testing.
I am planning to do urine testing at least as soon as I get the supplies for that and I am still contemplating blood testing, even though I got a bayer contour device and tested on myself many many time to make sure that it is not really painful I am not not comfortable using it on him.

Welcome!
I've copied the above post to "diabetes discussion - your dog" so that you will have your very own thread!:) I'm sure others will welcome you there.

Craig

Jlohrvatica
07-04-2012, 06:54 AM
Thank you to the creator of this website and forum - it has been extremely helpful as I have started to navigate the world of dog diabetes.


Dog's name, breed: Rudy, Korean Jindo Dog, 13 years
Diagnosed: July 3, 2012
Dog's weight: 61 pounds
Diet: Orijen adult, 1 cup/2x daly
Insulin: Humulin n
Number of units per injection and injections per day: will be 6 units twice a day, right now at 2 units.
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Tbd - ordering from vet

Jennifer

Spaulding
07-08-2012, 02:24 PM
Hi,
I'm new to the site.

Name: Cooky, 10.5 years old diagnoses 2/2010

Breed: Min Pin

Weight: 13.5 lb

Diet: Nutrisca chicken dry food + Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken can food

Insulin: Humulin N : 5 units 2x/day

Meter: AlphaTrak until now and planing to change due to difficult to get numbers with. Tried Reli-On for one day and it was very easy to use.

Other: Cataract surgery on one eye in 8/2010 and prosthetic eye on other eye same time due to glaucoma. Currently, became blind in 10/2010 and showed signs of glaucoma on existing eye. Vet ophthalmologist checking for eye pressure for further pain.

Yulia & Cooky:)

How do you like the Nutrisca? I'm thinking of addinig it to my guy's diet.

Spaulding
07-08-2012, 02:36 PM
Spaulding aka Papa
8yr old Big Friendly White Lab (95 before...around 84-85 now)...looks good now, but a bit thin...like to have him around 86-88 range...

Diagnosed- Jan 2012
Insulin- Humulin N
Dose- 16 u's AM and 16 1/2 u's PM

Diet- Still working on this... but Hills W/D mixed with Wellness Core (about 2 1/2 cups total) and a cup of chopped boiled chix breast ... twice a day (AM and PM with Insulin)

Meter- Was using the Alpha Trak and recently got the Alpha Trak 2...have concerns... AT2 seems to read much higher than the old AT (see the link on that).

We are still having a hard time getting him regulated... but he's hanging in there.

Sunnyside
07-10-2012, 04:55 PM
How do you like the Nutrisca? I'm thinking of addinig it to my guy's diet.
Cooky likes Nutrisca and I like the fact that it's Pea based not potato. However, my vet thinks that it has high fat value since Cooky has high cholesterol and wants me to change to Hill's diet which I am not willing to do so due to poor ingredients...other than that, we are happy with it.

cbrrescuemom
07-15-2012, 03:14 PM
Dozer

6 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Very lean at 72 lbs

Diagnosed 12/2011 turned over to rescue

I am his foster mom

2.5 cups Nutro grain free dry, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup EVO canned or cottage cheese TWICE A DAY

NPH 11-13 u 2 x day
One Touch Ultra 2

Struggling to regulate

Reedf3
07-28-2012, 02:48 PM
Jacque is a 10 year old Lab recently dx with Diabetes. Lost 11 lbs over 3-4 weeks and BG was 480. Started on NPH Insulin at 16 units q12 hrs. Weight 65 lbs. BG levels before eating 370-390. Insulin dose has been increased to 20 units q12 hrs. and monitoring BG.

Diet: Beneful Healthy Weight

Meter: Accu-Chek (use elbow pad with small coating of vaseline on pad).

CraigM
07-28-2012, 03:08 PM
Jacque is a 10 year old Lab recently dx with Diabetes. Lost 11 lbs over 3-4 weeks and BG was 480. Started on NPH Insulin at 16 units q12 hrs. Weight 65 lbs. BG levels before eating 370-390. Insulin dose has been increased to 20 units q12 hrs. and monitoring BG.

Diet: Beneful Healthy Weight

Meter: Accu-Chek (use elbow pad with small coating of vaseline on pad).

Welcome to the forum. Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to copy your post and make at thread just for Jacque. This way we can keep you / Jacque's information in one place.:)

PomMom
07-31-2012, 10:08 AM
Darby - 10 year old Pom

Diagnosed July 12, 2011 BG 490 (also has Cushings)

Orignal insulin - Humulin N (switched at 19 units)
Current - Levemir 4.5 units 2x day

Meter - AlphaTrak

Diet - Originally Hills WD canned (6oz AM & PM)
Recently began refusing to eat so switched to homecooked or EVO grain-free

Blood Glucose not controlled, severe cataracts but still has some vision

jesse girl
07-31-2012, 03:48 PM
my jesse has had allot of ups and downs good days and not so good but over time she improved where she mostly has good days

it is very difficult to get blood sugar to have an actual normal pattern very few are able to attain that so blood sugar is fluctuating quite a bit going up and down which probably doesnt feel good especially early on

over time they do get used to it and adapt and you will see more good days as time goes on sugar gets in a better range but it can take some time

ashleylauren19
08-03-2012, 07:39 AM
Dog's name, breed: Jewels Jack Russell

Dog's weight:15lbs

Diet: Acana Pacifica kibble & Merrick low glycemic canned food (usually 1/4kibble 3/4 canned food)

Insulin: Caninsulin

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 2 units 2x a day(every 12
hours)

Brand of BG meter if home testing: Accu-check Compact Plus

kfazio
08-03-2012, 08:14 AM
my dog is on humelin what is the differences in different insulins?

I see others listed - are they all 12 hour insulins which I believe humelin to be since we give injections 2 x a day after a meal

msgtfrankusmc
08-04-2012, 09:08 PM
Glad to see I am not the only one confused --Thank you I only been on for about 3 weeks now and mostly reading trying to figure out who and what and many other things heck I did not know what BD was of W/C oh well it will come to me soon I hope. This site really gave me alot of support both in moral support and a great amout of information. In fact I really am confused on sending messages so I hope this works. I am going to start my PAL's picture so yawl can see how sweet he is. Hang in this is the place to be a great bunch of people and I like looking at the photos of the many hero dog out there. I keep hearing from people I see daily "I never knew a dog got diabetes"

k9diabetes
08-08-2012, 06:48 PM
You can learn more about various insulins available for dogs at the main website:

http://www.k9diabetes.com/insulinfood.html

Natalie

cpmskinny
08-09-2012, 07:42 AM
Breed: Miniature Pinscher
Name: Chevy
Weight: 15 lbs
Age: 8 yr old
Diagnosed 2/2/2012
Diet: Taste of the Wild 1/2 cup in the AM and PM
Dosage: Humilin 11 units 2x daily with meals (still not regulated)

I have never tested at home at this point.

ckowalla
08-09-2012, 10:55 AM
Dog name: Cadet
Breed: West Highland White Terrier
Weight: 19.2 lbs. and holding
Age: 10.5 years young

Just diagnosed with diabetes July 9, 2012. Not what I was expecting nor was the vet. His starting number was only about 220, but went to 315 the next visit, and 408 the next. Vet said this was the earliest she has ever 'caught' a diabetic dog...she ran tests several times just to reassure herself.

Insulin: NPH 11 units 2x a day (started out a 5 units to take things slowly)

Diet: presently on Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice 1/3 cup 2x day;mixed with Blue Buffalo canned (about a tablespoon)

Vet wanted me to switch last week to Purina DCO....and after reading numerous articles and threads on this site, I said no and will be trying Nutrisca dry with Blue Wilderness canned.

Meter: not doing home testing at the moment. Vet does not like her clients to do their own testing....but I may do this on my own if his numbers do not stablize.

So grateful to find this website and forum. Any comments and/or support would be greatly welcome!

petlover
08-17-2012, 12:14 PM
New to the group, my dog Lucy has been diabetic sent April, been thru hell and back, she had to have a bile duck surgery and was very ill, she used to be in the 500 -600 and my vet did not know a thing. So I did some research and put her on a home cooked diet with 1/8 cup of Innova low fat 2 xs a day, she is on 7 units twice a day, and doing much better. She take detamarin 1 x a day, and she is 11 lbs now. She is a small Maltipoo mix. It is very hard to regulate them. I test at home with Alpha trak 2 meter, used to do it 3 x a day at first now only at evening fasting just to keep an eye out for anything else that could come up. also do urine testing every so often when her numbers are a little high., 7 months ago I did not know one thing about diabetes in dogs. I have kept a journal and chart and write everything in it, even her bowel movements. I get a lot of my supplies for American Diabetes Whole on line. I use NPH from Walmart and having good success with it. Lucky just turned 10, and she did go blind and seems to be fine with it. SO for now no eye surgery. I do have questions. Some times she goes high like 250 -320 and it is hard to bring her back to normal, what could cause that. Do I raise the insulin units or what. and how much. She has never stayed low, her curves go from 250 to 320 but hardly ever lower. So not sure what to do. Any suggestions would be nice. Thanks

zekeaz
08-19-2012, 01:26 PM
Dog's Name: Rockwell

Breed: Miniature Pinscher

Weight: 20 pounds

Age: 9

Diet: Wellness Core Reduced Fat Dry (1/3 cup, twice daily) with cooked chicken breast (1/3 cup, twice daily)

Meter: Walmart ReliOn (MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE than the One-Touch Ultra I used before and it works just fine.)

Insulin: Walmart Humulin/ReliOn 7 units/twice a day

Rockwell's diabetes seems to be under good control. His vet is very pleased with his progress. Glucose level tends to run between 120 and 225. Grain based treats mid-day have been replaced with chicken jerky from Costco and small pieces of cooked chicken.

MinPin
08-19-2012, 02:17 PM
So many MinPins on this forum!

Ruby is a Red MinPin

5.6 ish kilos (12-13 ish lbs)

On Caninsulin 4 u twice daily

Eating W/D and lovin it

Snacks - chicken jerky, raw veggies

Hates getting her shots...struggling with same (both of us) she actually tries to bite the syringe:(

Glucometer - Alpha trak 2 - Work in progress - home testing on hold till the injections go smoother

Thinking of trying urine test strips but shes getting pretty suspicious of me...

tawn
08-24-2012, 11:24 AM
Dog's name, breed: Twinkie, 12-year-old female fawn pug
Dog's weight: 21lbs
Diet: Raw with veggies. No treats.
Insulin: Novolin NPH
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 6 units twice per day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: OneTouch

Twinkie was diagnosed in March 2012. She seems to be doing well most of the time but has random panting spells. Her vision has also taken a turn for the worse the past couple of weeks.

Muleteer
08-25-2012, 01:17 PM
Dog's Name: Roy Victor, 9 years old, diagnosed on 8/24/2012
Breed: rescued, his mom was an Australian Shepherd, rumor was his dad was a registered Golden Retriever that 'got around'. He looks like a short golden.
Diet: so far, Purina DCO 2cups/ 2xday. I'm researching other foods/ prices, but will most likely stick to a commercial diet, with vegetable treats. Roy has always been an omnivore.
Insulin: Humulin N, 12 units 2x/day after meals

I'm so new to this, stumbled on this forum and reading all I can. I have so many questions, and just want to do the best job I can for my best boy.
Roy lives with 3 people (me, hubs, and 18y.o. daughter) and another rescued dog, Rudy Lee. He has his own room (unused bar area in our house) with a memory foam pillow and believes himself to be the center of the universe.

CeeGee
09-11-2012, 12:00 AM
Hi

Mojo: Canadian Shepard or white Shepard lab cross. He is from a shelter but he looks like a well bred short haired white Shepard with a cream coat. Actually doesn't matter...he is a good dog.

He is 7.5 years old and has been with diabetes for 2 years. Vet said he is just unlucky as he was in good health and weight.

He is on Royal Canine diabetic food and has been since the beginning. He does well on it. Treats are of meat type or carrots.

He is 30.6 kilos. He was under weight last spring due to an illness but he is back on track.

He takes Caninsulin 9 UNITs twice a day.
He now has cataracts but does really well not being able to see. Even still catches a ball with bells.

I don't use a meter. My vet is around the corner and Mojo is quick to see if there is a problem. We are quite regular to the vets especially since he has reoccurring lymph odes...which is what I will pose as a question later to the forum.

Thank you!

Praveen
09-13-2012, 06:40 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Brosco, Greyhound, 7 years old

Dog's weight:
55 lbs (9/9/2012)

Diet:
Canidae kibble with a spoon full of Evangers (flavors vary) canned

Insulin:
Humulin-N

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
14 units twice a day

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Alphatrak 2

Allieboo
09-17-2012, 08:55 AM
Dog's name, breed:
Allie, mix of pom and sheltie collie, 8 years old. Diagnosed about 2 months ago.

Dog's weight:
26 lbs

Diet:
Hills diabetic mixed with wet food twice a day. i'm having a difficult time getting her to eat here lately. i think shes figured out when she eats, she gets a shot. it seems to be pure behaviour because she acts completely fine. i have to hand feed her sometimes.

Insulin:
Humulin-N (but will be switching to novolin-n since walmart has switched.

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
Currently at 8 units twice a day but we are still titrating it.

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
none

Suzyv98
09-24-2012, 12:33 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Molly Valentine, Wheaten (but I think she has a little poodle mixed in)

Dog's weight:
20 lbs

Diet:
Taste of Wild Dry (1/2cup) and 1 Ceasar - 2x a day. Going to change to Merrick because I have learned so much from this forum already.- Thank you

Insulin:
Novolin-n from Walmart.

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
Currently at 4 units twice a day but I still don't think its right.

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
none
Presently using Keto-Diastix for Urinalysis. I must say I have gotten to be a pro at taking her urine. I use my son's old sandwich holder it is perfect and she doesn't mind at all.

lila56
10-13-2012, 08:06 AM
Dog's name, breed:
Lila, Jack Russell Wire Coat (sure she's part cat too)

Dog's weight:
20 lbs

Diet:
Royal Canin Urinary SO W&D (bladder stone episode)

Insulin:
Caninsulin (for 5 months now)

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
Currently at 5 units twice a day (if she'll eat in the morning)

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
none (but thinking of starting)

diamondlinks
10-14-2012, 08:01 AM
Dog's name : Beau

Breed: Australian Sheppard/Alaska Malamute

Weight: Before diabeties 109, now 96 pounds

Meter used: Bayer Contour

Insulin: Humulim N, soon Novolin N... Will soon be trying Humulin R also

How Much Insulin: 37u am, 38u pm every 12 hours

Food: Wellness Core Reduced Fat/Wellness Senior Canned/Beet Pulp

Treat: Nature's Domain.. Bison and Beef grain free jerkey made in USA

BogiesMom
10-14-2012, 12:25 PM
Dog's name : Bogie

Breed: Miniture Schnauzer

Weight: Before dx 27 pounds, current weight 24 pounds

Meter used: Alpha Trak 2, Relion Prime and Dia Stix Urine Test Strips

Insulin: Levemir

How Much Insulin: 4.5 Units in am and 4.5 Units in pm with W/D after switch to Honest Kitchen Zeal his insulin has decreased to 3.75 units in the am and pm.

Food: When he was initially diagnosed he was placed on W/D Prescription Diet Dry along with boild chicken breast although we had difficulty lowering his BG #'s so approximatley 6 months after dignosed we switched him to "Honest Kitchen Zeal" which has helped to decrease his BG #'s.

Treat: Frozen Green Beans and Dehydrated Chicken

Yoda
10-15-2012, 04:10 PM
Dog's name, breed: Yoda, Pug
Dog's weight: 18.75 lbs
Diet: Hill W/D wet food (at the moment)
Insulin: Humilin
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 2 units, twice a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: OneStep Ultra

Yoda was diagnosed last December and since then has become increasingly weak (muscle atrophy in hind quarters) has recently developed cataracts and is now a picky eater. He also has chronic bronchitis which gives him a cough, but since he's lost the weight (about 8 lbs) his coughing is pretty much nonexistent.

Linda1
10-19-2012, 06:38 AM
Jake was diagnosed Sept, 24, 2012

Dog's name, breed: Jake, Labrador retriever

Dog's weight: currently 86 - Jake was 92 before diabetes

Diet: 4 health lamb and rice, 1 & 7/8 cups twice a day

Insulin: novolin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 17 units twice a day, still regulating. This is just week 4 since being diagnosed.

Brand of BG meter if home testing: One Touch Ultra

Biggies-Hu-mama
10-24-2012, 09:22 AM
Biggie was diagnosed at just over 1 years old :( in Feb 2010

Dog's name, breed: Biggie Blue - Pit bull

Dog's weight: 82lbs

Diet: just switched to Blue Wilderness chicken formula - 1 cup/2 times a day with half can of W/D wet food. I give him homemade chicken jerky (that I dehydrate myself) and homemade diabetic canine cookies.

Insulin: novolin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: 12 units 2/times day

Brand of BG meter if home testing: AlphaTrak2
I also test his Ketones using the urine test strips.

Finna
10-27-2012, 03:30 PM
FINNA...rescue 2009. Diabetes diagnosis two weeks ago.

Breed: Perhaps GShep/mix? Perhaps 11 yr.
Weight: 88 down from 94
Insulin: Humilin 20 U; every 12 hr
Diet: Changed from Avo Derm chick/rice to Natures Dom: salmon/sweet potato. No more apple chunks to chew? Is this right?
Meter: Will be One Touch after lessons this week. (11/1/12)

Judi
10-27-2012, 03:46 PM
FINNA...rescue 2009. Diabetes diagnosis two weeks ago.

Breed: Perhaps GShep/mix? Perhaps 11 yr.
Weight: 88 down from 94
Insulin: Humilin 20 U; every 12 hr
Diet: Changed from Avo Derm chick/rice to Natures Dom: salmon/sweet potato. No more apple chunks to chew? Is this right?
Meter: Will be One Touch after lessons this week. (11/1/12)

Hi! I know Natalie started a thread for you but I can't find it right now. apple probably has too much sugar. Lots of people use green beans or green peppers or ice cubes though. Welcome and good luck with the testing!! Judi

santeejd
10-29-2012, 03:46 PM
Lily 5 year old 90 lb yellow Lab. Just found out two weeks ago when she got a UTI. She started drinking a lot and peeing in the bed. Eyes look cloudy.

I believe triggered by Chinese chicken jerky (was appalled petsmart sold mostly Chinese crap)

Vet ran all test and pancress and kidneys good. She did have ketones but gone now after three weeks on antibotics.

Numbers in the 380 to 450's . Gone up since insulin and W/D.

Vet has her on Humilin N Started at 10 twice a day.numbers didn't change actually got worse.

Put her on W/D twice a day. She was free feeding eukanuba lab deer formula Wife making all natural chicken ,vegie and rice patties.

I took it to 15 last week. Ran test yesterday on one touch ultra mini and was 456. Compared my meter to vets 1980 looking thing and with in 10. Just went to vet today and they said leave at 15 but if in a week still peeing and drinking go to 17.

Everything I read a lab this size should be 25-32.

Can anyone please tell me how fast and amount of increase of insulin you can do. Dont wan t my girl going blind. This really sucks!

Heatherrr
11-09-2012, 08:20 AM
I have a 65 lb. chocolate lab. I bought her some Del Monte beef flavored treats (the first ingredient is chicken!! and I researched and found that Del Monte gets its dog treat chicken from CHINA) and within a week she started to eat less, and eventually started having bloody vomit and diarrhea. She went to the vet several times and they said she had hemmorhagic gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, and now diabetes. Her blood sugar was crazy high. They started her on a dose of 14 units of insulin twice a day with food, but a glucose curve showed that it stayed at a high, flat glucose reading. They upped her dosage to 16 and she just got another glucose curve yesterday. Her glucose readings were HIGHER than they were the last time, and still a high flat line instead of a curve. The vet suggested that it might be the SOMOGYI REBOUND. Her dose is now cut in half and she will have another curve test in 2 weeks. Maybe that is what your dog has too. The insulin dose may need to be dropped. My dog is also on Hills W/D dry food, and drinks a LOT. I'm hoping for the best for both of our dogs!

docjgirl
11-09-2012, 11:28 PM
quick message.... My experience going from humulin N to Novolin N was bad for me. My doggie was on 4.5 units. Walmart took it upon themself to give me the Novolin N instead of Humulin. I had just about got my doggie where she was so so regulated. FOR THREE DAYS HER SUGAR RAN "HI." They are not the same thing!!!! I have read alot of people going from Novolin to Humulin, that their dog went into a bad sugar low. So there is a big difference. i believe it take alot more of the novolin than it does the humulin. I know it is cheaper, but for me right now, i am searching like crazy to find the humulin cheaper and stock pile it.

So if you switch to Novolin, be sure to monitor your doggie for drinking alot, peeing alot, and high sugar.

Just wanted to let you know my experience.

Abby Normal
11-29-2012, 01:51 PM
Abby (also called Abby Normal or Abby Pants) , Jack Russel/Chihuahua 10 years old - diagnosed with diabetes in 2007

She went blind in about 2 days due to cataracts. she has since had surgery and can see surprisingly well even though there is scar tissue in her eyes (it looks like wispy ice when you look in her eyes in the sun)

Diet: Use to be DCO high fiber food from the vet. Now it is Beneful Healthy Weight which has almost the same amount of fiber

Insulin: 7 units 2x a day of Humilin N. I am going to attempt to switch her to Novolan N soon and see how she handles it.

I have urine strips to test

CrazyCor
12-02-2012, 05:12 AM
Chessie, an 85 pound Treeing Walker Coonhound, 8 1/2 years old, diabetic since last December.

She eats 1 1/2 cups of California Naturals grain-free Kangaroo and red lentil mixed with 1 cup of lean meat and veggies 2x per day

She takes 36 units of Novolin N insulin (her curves actually improved after the switch from humulin N) 2x per day after eating.

We use the alpha track meter, though she still spikes a little higher than I prefer about 4 hours into the curve. She starts around 85, will go up to about 285, then returns to 85.

rachel
12-11-2012, 02:01 AM
Dog's name: ICE

BREED: Siberian Husky

Birthday: April 1st, 2005

Weight: 66 lbs (was 71 lbs prior to diabetes 3 weeks ago)

Diet: Royal Canin Diabetes ;Chicken, one meal a day

Insulin: NOVO MIX

Number of units per injection and injections per day: Currently at 15 units, twice a day, 8am/8pm (currently unregulated)

Brand of BG meter if home testing: ACCU-CHECK for HUMAN

k9diabetes
12-15-2012, 10:09 PM
Just a quick note for newer users... This thread is essentially a log book or diary, where you can record information about the diet, insulin, and meter you are using with your diabetic dog. It is helpful sometimes for people to see the variety of diets and the types of insulin being used and to see which meters are most popular.

It is not, however, a thread for active discussions about your dog.

Please start a new thread for your dog or update an existing one if you have questions or want to provide an update.

If you can't find your existing thread, start a new one and an administrator or moderator will find the older thread and merge it with the new one.

Natalie

jebsmom
12-16-2012, 02:59 PM
Name: Jeb

Breed: Collie mix

Weight: 52#

Diet: Hills WD

Insulin: Novolin N

Units/injections: Currently 9.5 units am, 9.0 pm. Still in process of regulating, but I think we're getting close. Increasing dosage approximately every 2 wks. at .5 increments. Increasing morning 1 week ahead of evening due to occasional tendency to drop quickly in the evening, I’m guessing due to overlap of morning & evening insulin. Experimenting with location of injection.

Injections: Twice a day, 5am & 5 pm, with food. If he's running low at 5pm testing, I wait 15-20 min. after food to give shot. Otherwise, I give it just as he eats his last few bites and he doesn't seem to realize he's had it.

BG Meter: Usually ReliOn Prime, retest with AlphaTrak 2 if ReliOn is less than 100 or more than 275.

rachel
12-20-2012, 05:24 AM
I have a 65 lb. chocolate lab. I bought her some Del Monte beef flavored treats (the first ingredient is chicken!! and I researched and found that Del Monte gets its dog treat chicken from CHINA) and within a week she started to eat less, and eventually started having bloody vomit and diarrhea. She went to the vet several times and they said she had hemmorhagic gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, and now diabetes. Her blood sugar was crazy high. They started her on a dose of 14 units of insulin twice a day with food, but a glucose curve showed that it stayed at a high, flat glucose reading. They upped her dosage to 16 and she just got another glucose curve yesterday. Her glucose readings were HIGHER than they were the last time, and still a high flat line instead of a curve. The vet suggested that it might be the SOMOGYI REBOUND. Her dose is now cut in half and she will have another curve test in 2 weeks. Maybe that is what your dog has too. The insulin dose may need to be dropped. My dog is also on Hills W/D dry food, and drinks a LOT. I'm hoping for the best for both of our dogs!
Hi friend, my dog has similar situation as yours. She weights 60lb and I increase dose from 10u to 20u twice a day but still can't help reduce the BG...

I am confused... How could I do ?

rachel
12-20-2012, 05:34 AM
Dog's name: ICE

BREED: Siberian Husky

Birthday: April 1st, 2005

Weight: 66 lbs (was 71 lbs prior to diabetes 3 weeks ago)

Diet: Royal Canin Diabetes ;Chicken, one meal a day

Insulin: NOVO MIX

Number of units per injection and injections per day: Currently at 18-20 units, twice a day, 8am/8pm (currently unregulated)

Brand of BG meter if home testing: ACCU-CHECK for HUMAN

pugaholic68
02-01-2013, 08:07 PM
Dogs Name: Koda Bear

Breed: rat terrier chihuahua mix (per mixed breed DNA test)

Birthday : 3/11/2011

Weight: 12lbs (Barely 8lbs when diagnosed at 6 months of age and surrendered to vet by owner. Adopted by me at 8 months old)

Diet: fed at7am and 7pm
1/2cup Wellness Small Breed Healthy Weight
2TBL Solid Gold Green Cow (Tripe)
1TBL pure pumpkin
splash chicken broth

Insulin: Levimer 1unit and a smidge twice a day after meals. One unit is not enough and 1.25 is too much. Usually fasting readings are low 100's so I wait 45min to an hour to give insulin so he can make it 12 hours. If going low give penny size dab of honey or nutrical and 3 home baked chicken pieces

Alpha Trak2 meter used with Free Style lite strips. Test am/pm fasting, then around 3pm and before bed time to make sure he won't go low overnight.

pugaholic68
02-01-2013, 08:26 PM
Trying to respond to "YODA'S" POST

I had Koda on WD dry, Koda ate it but I hated it. Made a switch to Wellness Small Breed Healthy weight last Oct. Did good til about Christmas then decided to be picky. Tried all the tricks, now give alittle less kibble and Solid Gold Green Cow (tripe), eats like a champ.

mzjazy
02-03-2013, 11:40 AM
Kia

Min Pin 13 yrs old female. Was 16lbs but has gone down to 13lbs.

Relion Novolin: 4units 2 x a day
just diagnosed at Christmas time

Diet: She was eating Blue but didn't like it and I could not afford it. Right now shes eating whatever I can find. Due to $ its difficult.

I'm going to get a meter but dont know what kind

armychick2001
02-06-2013, 08:42 AM
Dog's name is Riley he is an Australian cattle dog mixed with a Husky he is 5 years old and will be 6 years old June 2013.

He weighs 70 pounds, I am trying to get him down to 60 pounds.

He was on Healthwise and am switching him to a homemade diet, any advice or recipe will be greatly appreciated.

He is on Novolin N and gets 13 units 2x a day for now.

I have not done any testing at home and would love some advice about how to do this and which meter would be best. Thanks.

My name is Wendy :D

jrtmom1313
02-15-2013, 09:13 AM
Jedi

11 year old JRT diagnosed 6 weeks ago

Weight - 18.5 lbs

Diet - small amount of natural balance ultra reduced calorie dry, with 1/3 can of Royal Canin Venison 2 x a day
Treats - dehydrated grean beans, low calorie liver treats, homemade chicken treats

Humulin - 6 1/2 units twice a day - Alphatrak meter

Jedi also has COPD - he gets Flovent, Allergies - Atopica, Heart Murmur - Enalapryl

heinzle
02-15-2013, 09:50 AM
Sammie

Golden/Collie mix

7 years old - diagnosed June, 2011

Nature's Variety Limited Ingredient Lamb (Sammie has skin allergies) fed 4 different times per day

Novolin N 19.5 U/am 15 U/pm

Alphatrack - works great and is pretty cheap!

Sammie is treated for diabetes, skin allergies and Addison's - all requiring shots so she's affectionally referred to as my pin cushion :-(

Calicocalypso
03-03-2013, 09:52 PM
Rosie

Jack Russell Terrier cross

12 years old-diagnosed September 2012 after Ketoacidosis- still working on sorting diet and insulin

Orijen Senior- fed twice a day with added raw broccoli, carrot and occasionally black beans

Caninsulin X 2 day 10 units each - hoping to change to human insulin to save money

Using urine strips most days and from time to time Alphatrak- hoping to change to cheaper strips

Rosie has had epilepsy since 1 year old. Presently on 1.8 MLS bromide per day.
Also maintenance dose of Metacam for arthritis.
Bouts of vomiting bile maybe caused by bromide or metacam.

hummingbird49
03-06-2013, 08:04 AM
Beneful Healthy weight is what my dog was on when diagnosed with diabetes. Not a great food. He was vomiting while on it but is doing better on Professional Senior chicken and barley.

ABBIE'SMOM
03-10-2013, 08:31 PM
Hello! I have been reading all the posts for hours!
Abbie newly diagnosed!
Just transitioning her to Science Diet Adult Lite
Started with Novolin N 12u per the Vet's Weight F

Cabindream
03-14-2013, 04:21 PM
9+ yr old spayed black lab female. Diagnosed Diabetic 02/06/13 & Hypothyroid 04/12. Currently giving Humulin N/15 u BID. Feed Wellness Core Original (only food found that keeps allergies under control) OneTouch Ultra 2. I highly recommend Glucose Companion for iPad to track the numbers!

Eddie
03-16-2013, 09:48 AM
Eddie is a cross between a Labrador and a Golden Retriever. He is 9 years old. Diagnosed diabetic in October 2012.
He weighs about 27 kg. Was 30 kg just before diagnosis and got down to 24 before we got him a bit more regulated.
He has 13 units of Caninsulin morning and night injected as he eats at 7am and 6pm.
He eats Orijen Fish and Canagan Salmon - both grain free. We are moving to 100% Canagan as Orijen is becoming very difficult to find in the UK. He has a digestive disorder so we have to give him artificial enzymes to help digest his food and he has food split into 4 meals per day to help with this.
I use a OneTouch Ultra meter and get fairly cheap strips on Ebay. We also test urine several times a day (Diastix) and chart all the results then test BG if the urine results seem out of line.

ABBIE'SMOM
03-31-2013, 03:10 PM
Abbie
Diet: Science Diet Adult light 1 3/4 c -2x per day
supplement with cooked Chicken, Chicken livers,Kashi 7 grain,Green
beans, broccoli,brussel sprouts, food process together w/ low-fat chicken broth (approx 1/4c per meal)

Insulin: Novolin N -11 units -2 x per day

Meter: None at this time -Would like input on iPet meter. Looked @ both iPet & alpha2. Have read input from this forum on alpha 2, but not iPet. Have not purchased either.
Plan on ordering urine test strips until decide on meter.

kathiekb
04-04-2013, 08:16 PM
My 10 year old yellow lab Maggie was diagnosed 4 years ago with diabetes. She developed cataracts and went blind very quickly. She has been fairly regulated until recently. Her last blood curve at the vets office had a low of 406 and a high of 571. My vet has never suggested to me that I could test Maggies blood myself nor had I ever heard of it until I came here. I have a Freestyle Freedom Lite meter and would like to start testing her myself. My vet said I should raise her insulin to 24 units twice daily up from 22 units. She eats 10 cups of dry wd daily split into 2 meals 12 hours apart and still continues to loose weight. Her current weight is 70 lbs. I would really appreciate any input your members can give me. She is the love of my life and I want to do all I can for her.

cottons mom
04-14-2013, 07:23 PM
dog is female 10 year old west highland white terrier. diet is sd wd can, insulin is Novolin, not yet using a meter, going to the vet office for gc. we are one month into this diabetes journey. feed 2x a day 12 hours apart. I give the insulin one hour before feeding so far no problem with cotton eating her meals. I would like to begin in home gc. I give 3 units in the a.m and 5 units in the p.m. our march 29 curve was 260 280 444 349 407 last friday our curve was 217 280 ??? 440 420.

mollysmom
04-19-2013, 01:26 PM
my Molly was diagnoised a couple months ago, diet is Puriena One Lamb and Rice mixed with can, is on Novolin N insulin and I use a ReLiOn Prime meter

evp471
04-21-2013, 02:26 PM
[QUOTE=k9diabetes;2494]Hi,

To help everyone new to diabetes in their dog, please post what you use(d) for your dog:

Dog's name, breed:Maggie mixed/chow/huskie
Dog's weight:65 lbs
Diet:rice/chicken/ground turkey
Insulin:humulin/70/30
Number of units per injection and injections per day:10 units/twice/da.
Brand of BG meter if home testing: reli-on Prime

Just started 1 week ago. Maggie is 10 yrs. old and has lost about 10 lbs. before we found out she had diabetes.. vet gave her antibotic to start with because of a temp. of 104.. He thought she might have pancreatic infection
instead of diabetes. She has responded well to the insulin and antibotic..
How will I know if it was an infection and not diabetes. Will the insulin cause a problem if she doesn't have diabetes..

Ed :confused:

slopeside
05-20-2013, 12:03 PM
Dog's name, breed: Zulu, scottish terrier, female.
Dog's weight: 18lbs (22 b/4 diabetes
Diet: royal canin, diabetes.
Insulin: NPH
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 6, twice a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: alphatrak2

hello, i first and foremost would like to thank everyone who has made this site possible!~ wow!~

zulu is 7 years old, she was diagnosed with diabetes on march 22, 2013

currently nothing is regulated. i have done 7 curves with a wide range. some great, others drop later in the day, 2 low points? we feed every 7 am/pm

i think we might change her food? or again increase the insulin? her number do range between 100 and 300. her average is around 230. i would like it lower. too early to say at this point... i guess i will be reporting back?

again, thanks this place has helped me several times over the last couple of months.

shodgson
05-31-2013, 06:10 PM
Dog's name, breed: Callysto, Rottweiler x chocolate lab
Dog's weight: 105lbs
Diet: home cooked, purina smart one, diabetes
Insulin: Humilin n
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 18 units u100 needle, twice a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: vet says "shouldn't worry". I'm not so sure...

I can't tell you how many times I've looked at this forum since Callysto was diagnosed 9 weeks ago, so I finally figured I best become a member and try to contribute back to all the people who have already made this whole thing seem like it is doable and that my babe will be ok.... Even if it's only emotional support for others until I gain more knowledge and experience myself.

Calysto is 4 years old, she was diagnosed with diabetes on march 22, 2013 as well!

3curves where she went from 10 units to 15 units to 18 units of Humilin n and vet said she is close, but maybe another curve in a few weeks. We may have to wait as I explained in other section of this forum, Callysto started getting sick and vet this she had a pancreas attack. She is coming around as of yesterday.

Cassandralcolem
06-03-2013, 05:54 PM
Hi our little one is only 5 lbs and her regulation has been tough there are days when she can not have insulin because we can not measure below 1/5 unit.

Diagnosed: 2010
Insulin: lantus. 0.5 units 2x/day
Food : Raw meat veggies fruit
Meter: one touch ultra

We have tried 6 meters, one touch ultra beat out all other on a comparison with her actual blood draw at the vet.

We have been on humulin insulin as well, we have tried every diabetic dog food.

We have found with Misha routine is great but tends to make her go too low after a couple days. Misa has hypoglycemic seizures on occasion making her dosing very officials. She is not blind but has punctane cataracts developing, we use eye drops to control those.

Thank you for accepting us into this group.

Kim P
06-21-2013, 02:32 PM
Did you know that you can also purchase the Humulin N in a pen form so that you do not have to draw it? I hadn't seen anyone mention it so I thought I would throw it out there. Now the pen is supposedly only good for 2 weeks (per pharmacy) after it is taken out of the frig as opposed to the 30 days for the vial - although my vet says they are good for a longer time.

Patty
06-22-2013, 12:21 PM
The only complaint I've had with insulin pens in general is that you can't dial in smaller increment changes, like 1/4 or 1/2 units. For a dog that can handle whole unit doses I think it's a great idea.

AnakinTheDog
07-05-2013, 04:33 PM
Dog's name, breed: Anakin, husky mix
Dog's weight: 33 lbs.
Diet: Royal Canin Diabetic/ Simply Nourish canned chicken and beef stew
Insulin: Humulin-N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 7 /b.i.d.
Brand of BG meter if home testing: One Touch Ultra2

sharvr4
07-08-2013, 05:19 PM
12 year old recently diagnosed lab - 75 lbs - using True Result meter
Giving vetsulin
venison and sweet potato dry food - Natural Balance

Robbylee
07-12-2013, 12:01 PM
Dog's name, breed: Buddy, Siberian Husky (Almost 12)
Dog's weight: Presently 72lbs. Had gone down to 57!
Diet: Nutrisca or chicken with broccoli when Mom (me!) feels like cooking!
Insulin: Novolin BID with Novolog PRN
Number of units per injection and injections per day: Novolin presently @ 22U BID. Was 16 U BID but last week has been difficult. Novolog is given PRN.
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Novomax (BID)

Monsters Momma
07-12-2013, 04:47 PM
Dog's name, breed: Vinny, lab
Dog's weight: 99.6
Diet: Iams Glucose and Weight Control Plus adding green beans, broccoli etc.
Insulin: Vetsulin
Still regulating, but currently at 18 units 2x's a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: AlphaTrak2

maladuca
07-13-2013, 05:12 AM
Teddy, cockapoo mix
39 lbs.
Natural Balance Sweet Potato, Fish
Novolin N
15 units, 2x day
BG monitor - ReliOn Prime and Alpha Trak 2

Teddy was diagnosed 6-12-13, still regulating, numbers still in the 300-500 range.

Yoyobear81
07-29-2013, 02:12 PM
Tyler, West Highland White Terrier
20.5lbs
Nutrisca Salmon 1/2 cup 8am & 8pm plus 2 frozen green beans after shot (switched to this from Hills ZD- huge difference in his numbers-way more consistent)
Novolin N 7.5u
Walmart Relion Prime

Rooskie50
08-04-2013, 04:54 AM
Willie 23 lb mini schnauzer. 8cc's of Humulin N 2X a day. Feeding him Nutrisca chicken and chick pea.
very finicky eater.

liferebooted
08-06-2013, 09:06 AM
How accurate is the Relion Prime system I noticed a lot of people are using now

CraigM
08-06-2013, 10:40 AM
How accurate is the Relion Prime system I noticed a lot of people are using now

It seems to read dog blood quite low, but you can run a comparison to either an AlphaTrak, or clinic meter. Hard to beat the 18 cent test strip.

Craig

Bailey's_Mom
09-04-2013, 11:48 AM
Name, breed: Bailey, Treeing Walker Coon Hound
Weight: 87 pounds
Food: Hill's Science Diet W/D
Insulin: 10 units Humalog 2x daily
No monitoring at home yet.


She had her comprehensive exam in July, glucose was 110. Started showing symptoms like excessive thirst, took her to the Vet yesterday, glucose was 500+. They are doing their first curve next week.

stylynjm
09-06-2013, 06:56 PM
Sissy- 14 lb spayed Bichon
Food: Wellness Core Reduced Fat, 1/2 cup with 1 teaspoon pumpkin, 1 teaspoon
Merrick 96% chicken a.m. & p.m.
Insulin: Novolin N, currently 6.5 units a.m. & p.m.
Meters: Alphatrak 2 & relion confirm

Veronique
09-07-2013, 12:21 PM
Dog's name, breed:
Becasse (female)
wirehaired pointing griffon

Weight:
53 lbs

Diet:
Orijen senior

Insulin:
Caninsulin

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
5 units twice a day, 12h apart


Brand of BG meter if home testing:
freestyle lite

JetersMom
09-13-2013, 11:18 AM
Dog's name, breed:
Jeter, Male, Schnauzer, terrier, poodle mix

Weight:
41 1/4 lbs

Diet:
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken and Chick Peas (which he hates...we'll be switching

Insulin:
Humulin N/switching to Novolin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day:
8 units twice a day, 12h apart


Brand of BG meter if home testing:
Relion

Auddog
09-13-2013, 08:32 PM
New to the site,

Dog's name, breed: Bazzle, Chow / Shepherd Mutt, fixed male

Dog's weight: 58 lbs

Diet: Science Diet W/D (Canine Low Fat-Glucose Management-Gastrointestinal)

Insulin: Novolin 70/30 (nph/r)

Number of units per injection and injections per day: still regulating but currently at 17 units 2 times a day

Brand of BG meter if home testing: not home testing yet, but we plan on starting soon.

jtcunningham
09-17-2013, 11:51 AM
We're new to this site, i'd like to know if there's anything natural that can help our dog, i feel like the Lantus is helping his diabetes, but hurting his overall health... he now has issues with his eyes, loosing his appetite... Lantus is also very expensive, are there any ways to reduce the cost in that?!

Dogs name: Beacon / Breed: Pure yellow lab

Weight: 98 lbs / 5 years old

Diet: natural, organic kirkland brand dry doog food

Insulin: Lantus, 12 units 2x a day (needed somthing that was longer lasting)

We don't home test, he goes to vet and they check his glucose curve, every 3-4 months (which he hates that day...)

He was diagnosed July, 2013
Current problems: he seems to be getting cataracts, drooping eye, loss of appetite...

Thanks,
jt

Chino's Mom
09-21-2013, 12:07 PM
Chino, 9 year old Miniature Pinscher
11 lbs
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice 1/2 cup twice a day
Humulin
3 units twice a day
One Touch

I'm looking for some help...please! Our Min Pin, Chino, was diagnosed on Tuesday of this past week with diabetes and a UTI. I never expected after feeling like he was only sick with an infection, because he was excessively drinking and urinating, that the vet was going to tell me he was diabetic. I wasn't very familiar with diabetes in dogs at that point so my initial response was to cry. We love our little Chino like we love our daughter. The worst part is our regular vet is a long way away from where we live and unfortunately they couldn't get him in that day for an appointment so I felt like he was so sick I made an appointment with a local vet. He ran the blood and urine analysis and diagnosed him, his blood sugar was over 500 (he did not give me an exact number) and he had a slight trace in his urine. Now let me say, he was not compassionate, kind, informative, etc in the slightest. He hit me so hard with the news I was completely overwhelmed. I would do anything to take care of Chino. He didn't tell me how to give the injections, the only thing he said to me was he wanted to see him back in a week, put him on 2 units twice a day and called in the insulin and gave us an antibiotic. After crying all the way home and several hours later, I finally started searching for information on the internet. I also asked him if I needed to change his food and he said nope, but he never asked me what we were feeding him. Tuesday night Chino got really sick and threw up several times. I thought maybe he was drinking so much extra water that maybe that's what caused him to get sick or the antibiotic. I called the vet first thing the next morning and they wanted him brought in for more testing, and an IV. He also asked me to pick up his insulin and syringes and bring them with me when I came. We dropped him off with another crying spurt afterwards. We picked him up that afternoon and they told us they finally got him to eat and gave him his insulin and his sugar was 317, then 2 hours later was 336. He asked us to bring him back in one week to see where we were. Over the next few days after his insulin shots he seemed to become very lethargic and tired, once again I got worried because no one has really talked to me about this disease so I called his regular vet and they told me to bring him in and they would check his sugar. Today it was 387, the vet wanted to bump him up to 3 units twice a day and see him back next Saturday. Let me say, our little Chino is a bit aggressive and tends to bite. We managed to initiate the first injection in the scruff of his neck but after that he won't let us near him without biting. He has always been this way even when we had to put ear drops in his ear a long time ago. He is a very nervous, uptight dog. We now have to muzzle him, my husband holds him and he will let me put the injection on his back near his butt without a fight. We immediately remove the muzzle, give him his treat and praise him like crazy. My husband and I really struggling emotionally and could really use some advice and guidance.

Dhrana
10-05-2013, 07:53 AM
Cody - 8 year old Min Pin

Dog's weight:15 lbs (he is very tall and skinny at this weight)

Diet: No steady diet, he is being very fussy. One day he wants home cooked, the next canned dog food, the day after kibble. If anyone can suggest anything I would GREATLY appreciate it.

Insulin: Humulin N
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 3cc 2x's a day
Brand of BG meter: Bayer Contour next until I can find a better one. **Suggestions appreciated.**

** :eek: Cody is driving me crazy with his food and feedings. He used to eat Purina one smart blend beef and rice. He stopped eating it. We finally settled on Taste of the wild Sierra Mountain Canine formula with roasted lamb. He ate that a few days and will pick here and there when I mix it with "People food" I have tried homemade recipes on other forums, once again he ate it a few days then refused. I am at my wits end with his being fussy. Any suggestions for fussy dogs? :eek: **

jessiesdad
10-07-2013, 08:31 AM
Re....your eating problems with Cody....We too faced a tough go with our dog and eating.......early in her life she would go 1-2 full days without eating at times, and normally her food would sit 8-12 hours before she would touch it.......this is a 60 lb dog! We tried every type of food imaginable. We would even give her a treat if she ate her food. 2 years ago (she is 10 now) we were out in the country, and she picked up a stomach bug from drinking some pond water. The vet checked her over, and one of the things she had us do was give her a pro-biotic called Fortiflora after a course of antibiotics. The idea was to repopulate her system with good stuff after the antibiotic wiped out the bug and most everything else. After sprinkling just 1/3 of a packet dusting her food, we set it down....the nose started going, and she ate the whole bowl.........that's twice a day for two years straight....she even bounces up and down as we walk it thru the kitchen to her area.

Reasons for your dogs appetite/ pickiness may be caused by many conditions, but finding some way to make eating a reward scenario has always helped for us. Jessie gets a tiny treat when she has a test, a treat when she eats.....she gets a tiny treat for almost anything good. We buy the fortiflora on line thru eBay, and compared to the vet its dirt cheap. Using just 1/3 of a packet, we stretch it even further. If someone asked me to describe it, I would call it catnip for dogs. The fact that Jessie eats all her food, is actually Jessie eating all the Fortiflora she can find....the food is just what it happens to be sprinkled on.

If your dog has serious eating issues (not eating enough to sustain weight and energy), you should consult your vet.

Mark

Jonnie
10-10-2013, 04:09 PM
Hello, I'm a newbie here and a newbie to canine diabetes, as my Che (pronounced with long 'e') was diagnosed 9/28/13, less than 2 weeks ago. I have been surfing the net to find out as much info as I can in order to do my best to take good care of her.

Due to the cost, we (as in my husband and I) got a human meter, even after my vet really pushed for us to get the Alpha-Trak.

Can anybody tell me about the proper dog ranges using a human meter?

I found this on another canine support group for diabetes and wonder if these are human meter ranges for dogs?
90*Hypoglycemia,
100-180*Safe Zone Prior to Insulin Shot,
185-270 Target Range For A Diabetic Dog Throughout The Day,
More than 360*“Renal Threshold” Possible Hyperglycemia.

Dog's name, breed: Che – (female)
Black Lab & Chow?

Weight: 66 pounds

Diet: Natures Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato & Costco Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg

Insulin: Vetsulin

Number of units per injection and injections per day:*
average of 15 units per injection, twice per day, every 12 hours

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
TRUEbalance

jayi
10-19-2013, 11:30 AM
My 10 year old border collie was diagnosed oct 3rd 2013 with diabetes.

I first got a human insulin meter and it was way off from the one I now have a alphatrak 2. the reli-on confirm meter was low by about 60.

I have been feeding shama Blue Freedom grain-free adult canned food.

We started Shama on 8 units of Novolin N for 2 weeks. Her glucose was high so after a vet visit we changed to 10 units. she is still high and we may go to 12 units. shama weighed 74.2 lbs when diagnosed and in 2 weeks lost about 3lbs.

jayi
10-19-2013, 04:02 PM
Hello, I'm a newbie here and a newbie to canine diabetes, as my Che (pronounced with long 'e') was diagnosed 9/28/13, less than 2 weeks ago. I have been surfing the net to find out as much info as I can in order to do my best to take good care of her.

Due to the cost, we (as in my husband and I) got a human meter, even after my vet really pushed for us to get the Alpha-Trak.

Can anybody tell me about the proper dog ranges using a human meter?

I found this on another canine support group for diabetes and wonder if these are human meter ranges for dogs?
90*Hypoglycemia,
100-180*Safe Zone Prior to Insulin Shot,
185-270 Target Range For A Diabetic Dog Throughout The Day,
More than 360*“Renal Threshold” Possible Hyperglycemia.

Dog's name, breed: Che – (female)
Black Lab & Chow?

Weight: 66 pounds

Diet: Natures Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato & Costco Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg

Insulin: Vetsulin

Number of units per injection and injections per day:*
average of 15 units per injection, twice per day, every 12 hours

Brand of BG meter if home testing:
TRUEbalance
next time your at the vet have them test the blood glucose and take a reading with your meter on the same blood to see how they differ.
your in this for the long haul you need to get a meter calibrated for dogs. there is one that costs less than alphatrak, called iPet but it takes more blood to get a reading.

Fiery_WA
10-28-2013, 11:45 PM
Dog's name,breed: Penny 14 now 15 in 16 days
Collie, Staffie, Kelpie X
Diagnosed 25 October 2013

Weight: Now 20.2 kg's

Diet:
Still trial and error, she only got home from the Vet yesterday
Madam Fusspot likes My Dog and Chunkers
Dry Food Purina for Mature Dogs

Insulin:
Caninsulin
12 Units
Once A Day

k9diabetes
10-29-2013, 04:11 PM
Welcome to you and Penny. I started a thread for Penny with some important information about dosing of Caninsulin.

Natalie

Jinxy
10-31-2013, 08:46 PM
Name: Jinx -- Silky Terrier 9 yrs old
Diagnosed 9-13-2013
Diet: Raw
Insulin: Vetsulin 2 units twice a day
Meter: One Touch Ultra 2

We took Jinx to the vet because he was bumping into things and suspected he was going blind. A few weeks before that he started drinking a lot of water and peeing on the floor a lot. I feel terrible that we waited so long but we did.

We took him to the vet and his Bg was at 527. They told us on a Friday and to bring him back Monday. Well after talking to my brother who feeds his dog a raw diet, (I didn't. Jinx ate kibble and anything he begged for off the table which is most likely what got him to this point) we decided to see how a raw diet would do. So we called the vet and told her we were going to try raw and get him checked after a couple of weeks. So we did. And even though he acted happy, stopped drinking gallons of water, stopped peeing on the floor, and his eyes that were constantly leaking and crusty cleared up; he was losing weight. So we took him back and his Bg was at 487 on 10-25-13.

So this time he was definitely going to have to get on insulin no matter how hopeful and delusional we were.

He started on vetsulin on Tuesday the 29th. His reading at 5:00pm before leaving the Vet office was 433. We gave him his 8pm shot and the next morning the 30th took him to the vet and he was at 344 at 8:30am. After breakfast and after 2 units of insulin at 9:30am he was at 314. At 11:30 he was at 173, 1:30 248, 3:30 283, 5:00pm 310. We brought him home and gave him his 8pm meal and his shot. I did not measure the one touch to the vets meter so I'm not sure how much difference it is, but they did say they use human meters too and when we left on Wednesday they gave us the alpha trak 2 DVD. So this morning the 31st on the one touch he was at 254 before breakfast and insulin at 8am , 146 at 9:30am, and 76 at 11:30am. Which I called in late to work because if he dropped at the same time as the day before I was nervous it might be low. I called the vet and they said as long as he was not wobbly don't worry and agreed that his bg would probably start going back up like yesterday. So I went to work. I took his bg again at 8:00pm today and it was at 203. So now I'm wondering what will happen with 2 units. I was nervous that he might go too low. So I asked my brother, and he recommended 1 unit and see. So ive read it's better for him to be high than low so was going to do that but guess what!! I gave him his shot and felt wetness. I went right through the other side!! I was upset and crying and shaking. Just feel so stupid and that I'm hurting my dog instead of helping after not taking good care of him his whole life. Anyway after feeling sorry for myself I read it's better to just skip the dose so I did. I took his bg an hour later anyway and it went up to 254. So I'm guessing he will be close to 400 in the morning if his pattern is the same. We will see.
I'm very thankful for this forum. It has helped a lot the past couple of days.
I just hope this gets easier.

pvriz
11-01-2013, 02:10 PM
Name: Jinx -- Silky Terrier 9 yrs old
Diagnosed 9-13-2013
Diet: Raw
Insulin: Vetsulin 2 units twice a day
Meter: One Touch Ultra 2

We took Jinx to the vet because he was bumping into things and suspected he was going blind. A few weeks before that he started drinking a lot of water and peeing on the floor a lot. I feel terrible that we waited so long but we did.

We took him to the vet and his Bg was at 527. They told us on a Friday and to bring him back Monday. Well after talking to my brother who feeds his dog a raw diet, (I didn't. Jinx ate kibble and anything he begged for off the table which is most likely what got him to this point) we decided to see how a raw diet would do. So we called the vet and told her we were going to try raw and get him checked after a couple of weeks. So we did. And even though he acted happy, stopped drinking gallons of water, stopped peeing on the floor, and his eyes that were constantly leaking and crusty cleared up; he was losing weight. So we took him back and his Bg was at 487 on 10-25-13.

So this time he was definitely going to have to get on insulin no matter how hopeful and delusional we were.

He started on vetsulin on Tuesday the 29th. His reading at 5:00pm before leaving the Vet office was 433. We gave him his 8pm shot and the next morning the 30th took him to the vet and he was at 344 at 8:30am. After breakfast and after 2 units of insulin at 9:30am he was at 314. At 11:30 he was at 173, 1:30 248, 3:30 283, 5:00pm 310. We brought him home and gave him his 8pm meal and his shot. I did not measure the one touch to the vets meter so I'm not sure how much difference it is, but they did say they use human meters too and when we left on Wednesday they gave us the alpha trak 2 DVD. So this morning the 31st on the one touch he was at 254 before breakfast and insulin at 8am , 146 at 9:30am, and 76 at 11:30am. Which I called in late to work because if he dropped at the same time as the day before I was nervous it might be low. I called the vet and they said as long as he was not wobbly don't worry and agreed that his bg would probably start going back up like yesterday. So I went to work. I took his bg again at 8:00pm today and it was at 203. So now I'm wondering what will happen with 2 units. I was nervous that he might go too low. So I asked my brother, and he recommended 1 unit and see. So ive read it's better for him to be high than low so was going to do that but guess what!! I gave him his shot and felt wetness. I went right through the other side!! I was upset and crying and shaking. Just feel so stupid and that I'm hurting my dog instead of helping after not taking good care of him his whole life. Anyway after feeling sorry for myself I read it's better to just skip the dose so I did. I took his bg an hour later anyway and it went up to 254. So I'm guessing he will be close to 400 in the morning if his pattern is the same. We will see.
I'm very thankful for this forum. It has helped a lot the past couple of days.
I just hope this gets easier.

I'm a newby too. So stressful isn't it? From what I've learned it sounds like you are doing great. My 15lb chihuahua couldn't get his bg down until I was up to 7.5 units twice daily. Everyone here is great and assured me that it becomes more routine over time. I sure am looking forward to that. Good luck.

brettg
11-06-2013, 06:56 AM
I am fairly new to this, only a couple of months, but have learned a lot.

You can ask a vet tech to help teach you how to do shots etc, Also, get a better vet.

Unfortunately your own feelings of fear of both the process and your dog can feed her behavioural problems. stay calm and get help. Ask for help as often as you need. If you can do it together, it helps.

Get a meter and ask for help until you can do it.

My dog has cancer, diabetes, addisons, and pancreatic insufficiencies.

Compare prices on line, at the vet and at the drugstore. I buy my needles at walgreens for nineteen dollars. at the vets they are over forty dollars.

good luck

ceruleanblue
12-09-2013, 04:08 AM
Dog's name, breed: Piper, German Shepherd/Border Collie Mix

DOB: January 1, 2002

Diagnosed: September 18, 2012

Dog's weight: Usually between 60-65 lbs (Was overweight at 88lbs when she was diagnosed with diabetes)

Diet: 122 grams Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken & Rice dry food and 54 grams 4Health wet food (rotate flavors between Turkey & Sweet Potato, Beef & Vegetable, and Chicken & Vegetable), fed twice a day at 6 am and 6 pm

Insulin: ReliOn Novolin N

Number of units per injection and injections per day: Currently at 16.25 units in the morning, and 16.5 at night. Both injections are given after she eats. Still working on a good dose due to the food change and other factors, but I think I'm getting close.

Other Medications/Supplements: Currently takes a 20mg Prilosec with breakfast and a 1000mcg B12 Methylcobalamin supplement with both meals. I also add in 20 grams of Nupro Joint & Immunity formula to both meals.

Brand of BG meter if home testing: AlphaTrak 2 or One Touch Ultra 2

Additional Comments:
She was originally fed Pedigree Adult Complete dry and Pedigree wet food, and ate that for about a year after her diagnosis. We were able to get her regulated on it briefly. Piper ended up getting several different infections, which threw off her BG. It also became very erratic. By August 2013, her BG was steadily rising, and she started refusing to eat. I was taking her in to the vet at least once a week, looking for the cause. She was eventually diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. I put her on a bland, homemade diet and we switched her Pepcid twice a day to Prilosec once a day, and stopped her prescription pain medications. Once she seemed feeling better, I tried putting her back on the Pedigree, but she immediately got worse again. I switched back to the bland diet for six weeks, and researched new dog foods, because I suspect the corn in the Pedigree food was irritating her stomach and was hard to digest. So, the reason for the food change was that I wanted a higher quality food that would be easier on her stomach, and it has worked well so far.

Piper also has arthritis in her back legs and the start of cataracts.

LouieLily's mom
01-07-2014, 06:46 PM
Dogs Name, Breed: Boston Terrier, Louie

Date of Birth: August 2007

Diagnosed: November 2013

Dogs Weight: 23 pounds. Has lost almost 10 pounds in 6 months. He was overweight at 33 pounds but is very thin now

Diet: Science Diet W/D (3/4 cup in a.m. 2 tablespoons chicken, 2 tablespoons green beans and a tablespoon W/D can Feed at 6:30am

Evening- 1cup science diet dry, 1/2 c ground cooked chicken w/green beans, tablespoon cottage cheese (low fat)
I have estimated the calories and his total intake is around 730 a day, which if I have done my research correctly, that is about how much he needs if he was 28 pounds.

Insulin: 3 units in a.m while eating. Only one injection a day at this time. I might need to start one in the evening.

Meds: I apply cyclosporine 2x a day for dry eyes.

Meters: Use the ReliOn Prime

Concerns: I am concerned about his weight. I check his Bg in the morning before eating, in the evening before eating and at night around 9-9:30p.m. Blood glucose sugars for a week are

259-221-233
219-166-399
237-194-365
336-289-368:( I think he started moving when I gave him his shot
348-206-291
313-168-372

He gets more exercise on weekends than during the week due to my work schedule right now. I am taking Louie to the vet's office this week to weigh him again. If he has lost any more weight, we are changing his food.

I have been reading this web site for about a month, and think it is great. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

allanworks
01-11-2014, 10:20 AM
Dog's name, breed: woody 12yo min pin
Dog's weight: 21lbs
Diet: hill's w/d
Insulin: Novolin relion u-100
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 5 units once a day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: relion prime

right now he wont eat and its been 4 days bs levels ranging 350 to 500

pearls mom
01-23-2014, 06:44 AM
Hello I am new to this forum but have been reading it as a non member for many months.

Dog's name, breed: Pearl, apx. 14 yr old beagel
Dog's weight: 12lbs
Diet: home cooked diet
Insulin: Novolin relion u-100
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 1/2 unit 3 times per day
Brand of BG meter if home testing: true track

I got Pearl April of last year she had been thrown out to fend for herself and our local Humane Society had taken her in and with her age and being a diabetic I figured no one would want her. So I took her in and the next day we went to the vet so I could get her straightened out and I could learn how to properly care for her. At first we did dry kibble that was recommended for diabetic dogs but she did not do well on it so I researched foods to make for her. I started cooking for her in August and all was going well and she was needing less and less insulin - I spoke to a internist and she suggested I cut Pearl back to 1/2 u per day but increase her food. (Pearl is very skinny and really needs to gain about 5 pounds) Of course when I increased her food she needed more insulin which is no problem. I test Pearl no less then 3 times a day sometimes many more times per day. Pearl was doing perfect she was eating perfect and her Blood Glucose levels were staying almost exact. Then 10 days ago she started cutting back on her food intake NOW 10 days later I can only get her to eat meat and occasionally some cheese, and today her BGL's are extremely high for her. She went from 180 yesterday to 420. Her normal are typically 120 - 160. She is dropping weight and is sleeping most of the day. I do not know what to do to bring her back.

gohlmann
01-23-2014, 01:51 PM
Dog's name, breed: Scamp, Mini Schnauzer
Dog's weight: 28lbs
Diet: Hill's W/D
Insulin: Novolin 70/30
Number of units per injection and injections per day: 10 units 2x daily
Brand of BG meter if home testing: Freestyle Insulinx

Scamp went blind suddenly about 1.5 years ago (over a weekend) and was diagnosed with diabetes about 4 months ago.

inteltek2
01-23-2014, 04:57 PM
Hi,

Pepper, 6 yr old female Bichon Frise, neutered
W/D Hill Science canned diet
NPH, 3 units, bid with meals
Awaiting Vet recommendation for meter

I am also diabetic, and recognized Pepper's symptoms last year-before the Banfield Vet was willing to diagnose them. Pepper was finally diagnosed last month, after I insisted the Vet redraw and test her blood/urine for diabetes. she will undergo a day-long monitoring tomorrow, 1/24/14 at Banfield, to reevaluate her correct insulin levels. She seems to be under control during the day, but all night long, she is barking, drinking, and barking again to go out. Hopefully we can get this regulated soon. My work performance is suffering from lack of sleep.

Natcle
01-28-2014, 07:45 PM
Teddy, 5lb toy poodle age 11.
Humulin N, 2.5u
Diastix

When first diagnosed (11/2013) he would eat the prescription Hills with no issue. Then as time went along he became more picky. We mixed his old food, then started feeding him boiled chicken mixed w/prescription hills.
His eating has gotten so picky that tonight I fed him ham, turkey, pastrami w/Gerber baby food (sweet potatoes). Unless it is something he can't refuse, he will hide under the bed and not come out unless we trick him.

I don't know how to test him with a meter. The vet is still trying to figure out his insulin level and just told me to use Diastix, but when I do they go right to brown.

I messed up with his insulin dose three weeks ago and was giving him 4units instead of 2. When they did a curve on him with 4units (thinking he was on 2) they said it was fine but still on the high side. Then when I started with the correct dosage (and told the vet what I'd been doing) he had high ketones and was at the vet for 4 days being flushed out.
They sent him home on 3units, and his latest curve was yesterday and they told me his first glucose reading was 47. They don't understand why when he was on 4units his curve was on the high side, now he's on less and it's like this. So now he is getting 2.5u.

The vet said in the beginning what's going on with Teddy is common. Maybe he's not eating enough, so she did a fructosimine (sp?). Has anyone else experienced this?

I want to do the glucose meter, but I need a very gentle one. My dog is really starting to hate me. The Diastix definitely are not helpful.

Thank you,
Natalie & Teddy

CraigM
01-28-2014, 08:17 PM
Teddy, 5lb toy poodle age 11.
Humulin N, 2.5u
Diastix

When first diagnosed (11/2013) he would eat the prescription Hills with no issue. Then as time went along he became more picky. We mixed his old food, then started feeding him boiled chicken mixed w/prescription hills.
His eating has gotten so picky that tonight I fed him ham, turkey, pastrami w/Gerber baby food (sweet potatoes). Unless it is something he can't refuse, he will hide under the bed and not come out unless we trick him.

I don't know how to test him with a meter. The vet is still trying to figure out his insulin level and just told me to use Diastix, but when I do they go right to brown.

I messed up with his insulin dose three weeks ago and was giving him 4units instead of 2. When they did a curve on him with 4units (thinking he was on 2) they said it was fine but still on the high side. Then when I started with the correct dosage (and told the vet what I'd been doing) he had high ketones and was at the vet for 4 days being flushed out.
They sent him home on 3units, and his latest curve was yesterday and they told me his first glucose reading was 47. They don't understand why when he was on 4units his curve was on the high side, now he's on less and it's like this. So now he is getting 2.5u.

The vet said in the beginning what's going on with Teddy is common. Maybe he's not eating enough, so she did a fructosimine (sp?). Has anyone else experienced this?

I want to do the glucose meter, but I need a very gentle one. My dog is really starting to hate me. The Diastix definitely are not helpful.

Thank you,
Natalie & Teddy

I copied your newest post into your regular thread so that folks might give you some ideas.

Craig