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anotherk9lover 12-06-2019 02:25 PM

Please help me regulate her sugar??
Does anyone maybe have tips for getting them at a reduced cost? It's crazy paying $50 for 50 strips when you do those curves. That's a buck a piece, and they go so quickly! My maltese is a newly diagnosed diabetic, about 4 months, and we're still frequently adjusting and checking her sugars. I usually buy them on amazon, wasn't able to find anything cheaper. :confused:

anotherk9lover 12-07-2019 11:45 PM

Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!
Hi all. My 8yo maltese has been diagnosed with diabetes in July. I know that many dogs go blind within the first year, so I'm pretty sad about that happening, I keep feeling like i'm seeing something change in her eyes. Did your diabetic dog go blind? If so how long did it take?
If not, are you doing anything to help with it, other than trying to control the sugars? Do you give any sort of supplements/eye drops? Ive been giving daisy the Ocu-glo supplements, but they're pricey! And i'm not sure how much they're really doing.

jesse girl 12-08-2019 08:44 AM

Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!
Hi and welcome

Not all dogs go blind my jesse has kept her sight in over 9.5 years being diabetic . We have gone very different directions than most and one of them was a homemade diet (non processed ) Infused with veggies . Now i cant say our methods help or make a difference . Her blood sugar has had its ups and downs and was very high in the beginning . I always wondered if there was a diet component to loss of sight ? Its very hard to draw any conclusion with jesse . All I know is she has lived many more years with diabetes than not .

Must remember dogs sight is not that great to begin with . The other senses are more pronounced. So if a dog looses sight for the most its not a big deal but the caretaker should help with the transition and they can live happy dogs lives

Susan M 12-08-2019 12:22 PM

Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!

My dog Max was diagnosed over a year and a half ago and still has his eye sight. This video was posted by someone on here and was very interesting.
It made me understand my dog a lot more....check it out

anotherk9lover 12-09-2019 12:12 AM

Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!
That's great to hear! How are you feeding Jesse vegetables though with diabetes, doesn't it make the sugars harder to control?

anotherk9lover 12-09-2019 12:17 AM

Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!
yea I know what they're smell is pretty incredible, but I think their eyes are still really important to them. It would be so sad to see her bump into things and be lost, that would be heartbreaking!

Raysaint 12-09-2019 06:31 AM

Re: Alphatrak test strips? where do you buy them?
From what I know, that's a pretty good price. Here in Canada, my vet charges $120.00 for 50, I refused to pay it so they reduced it to $80.00.

Raysaint 12-09-2019 06:37 AM

Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!
My maltipoo was diagnosed Feb. 2017, and so far so good. Has a small cataract in one eye that is stable.

I add foods that are high in betacarotene and other good eye nutrients. Sweet potato, wild blueberries, green beans, pumpkin.

I only add about a tablespoon of 2 of those at each meal. Breakfast he gets sweet potato or pumpkin, and a tblsp. of his pinto beans/oatmeal (for extra fibre.) Supper he gets blueberries and beans/oatmeal.
He's regulated accounting for that in his diet.

jesse girl 12-09-2019 08:28 AM

Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!
The vegies could amount to 50 percent of her meal as it is completely homemade and Human grade

Her sugars are adequate but with diabetes its up and down. For the most part her regulation is from 100 to 250 for the day . We have had better and sometimes not so much

If you want to add some foods like raysaint to your dogs commercial diet I dont think it will affect the sugar in any noticeable way

There are supplements which provide direct vitamins to help but like anything we dont know if it truly helps but I think it cant hurt to at least try some things

You cant reverse the process to a damaged lens unless you decide to go with cataract surgery Which does have risks . The only thing you can hope for is to slow the process down if cataracts have formed and we have nothing definitive on how to do that . You can try some things and if it doesn't affect blood sugar in a major way and it does no harm it maybe worth trying

Are you testing sugar and how is your dogs regulation which is important to controlling cataracts ?

YukiesMom 12-09-2019 06:22 PM

Re: Alphatrak test strips? where do you buy them?
I buy them on either Amazon or Chewy but they are $50 for 50 strips. I also buy the Bayer Keto Diastix Urine strips and I test him throughout the day with both. It really helps to stretch out the test strips for a couple months at least. I always felt really bad poking him so many times per day especially if I did a curve for a few weeks I kind of knew his pattern so I use the test strips just tosee if he was high or low in general. I would use the test strips at key times in the day like first time in the morning maybe later afternoon and right before his meal.

I don't know where you live but I live in Michigan and I go to CVS pharmacy all the time and when I get a 40% off coupon I can use them for the strips. It has saved me a lot of money.

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