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Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-13-2020, 06:07 AM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Who took their dog to a specialist? Advice?

In my case, my vet wanted me to feed Hills WD food, so I just looked for foods that were close to that in fat, fiber, protein.

And I add a little pumpkin or sweet potato, blueberries, pinto...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-13-2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 58
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Happy new year everyone!

Happy New Year to you and all.

Yes it can be frustrating and anxious, however, we're all here to help each other thru.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-11-2020, 08:28 AM
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Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Who took their dog to a specialist? Advice?

"My vet said that most owners don't even check their own curves at home and only do it at the vets periodically. "

I kinda disagree with this. Many people do their own curves. Vets like for you to...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-10-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Who took their dog to a specialist? Advice?

Studies show that curves are usually slightly different even one day apart. It can depend on what the fasting is, as sometimes bodies compensate differently as the day wears on.
If my dog starts...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-20-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 491
Views: 52,233
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help!! Really really high blood sugar!!!

You're probably not doing anything wrong. Every dog is different and some will have more hiccup days than others. The fact that he has good days indicates there's probably not a major issue at play....
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-20-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Diabetes and Dental Health

Most of these products work to get rid of the bacteria, that can cause gum issues.

A dog dental specialist here in Toronto said that they won't necessarily clean, it's the brushing action that...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-18-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Diabetes and Dental Health

Dechra is also a top brand. Link below. Your vet can order these.
I use the wipes (when he lets me.) And the spray on our chihuahua, who has bad dental issues.
...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-18-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Please help me regulate her sugar??

I think many people switching to raw aren't diabetic dog owners. In my opinion, it's a trend propagated by marketing. And when you say healed, healed what condition?

I have a different opinion on...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-16-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Taste of the Wild linked to heart disease & Alphatrak issues

It depends on the ingredients. Use a dry matter conversion to compare foods.

There are natural derived vitamin/mineral supplements you could give with a homemade diet. That way you could use fewer...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-15-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Taste of the Wild linked to heart disease & Alphatrak issues

I think there's lots of foods without those ingredients. It's a matter of what you consider low fat.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-14-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 614
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help! Sugars will not go down (newly diagnosed)

Did you get a Canadian Alpha Trak? Originally you had a U.S. reading unit.

I know with mine, even tho it says it only needs a speck of blood, sometimes my blood drop is so small, it takes a few...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-13-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Taste of the Wild linked to heart disease & Alphatrak issues

Make sure the meter gets a good blood drop. I've done tests that seemed too low or high, and I suspected didn't have enough blood, even tho it beeped and gave a reading. I tested again with more...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-13-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Please help me regulate her sugar??

I read Ketona is high protein low carb, not the norm for diabetic dogs. That's not to say it doesn't work for some dogs.

Regulation is one thing, but be aware of other potential effects in the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-13-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 491
Views: 52,233
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help!! Really really high blood sugar!!!

Jesse makes 2 key points.

"Jesse goes though so many ins and outs that if I reacted to everything we would be someplace else today and me in the loony bin."

"The good thing is you dont have to...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-12-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 491
Views: 52,233
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help!! Really really high blood sugar!!!

I'd guess rebound. The body can still be adjusting to the extra insulin. And if a fasting is at 4.0, that's about when the body might decide to protect itself and release sugar reserves.
Happens to...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-12-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Please help me regulate her sugar??

The internet is full of wrong information. I'm also diabetic myself, for 30 years, and I know that carbs are important whether you're diabetic or not. It's what fuels the body.

Protein can be hard...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-10-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Please help me regular her sugar??

High protein is not ideal in most cases. Moderate protein and moderate carbs, with low fat is the standard protocol.

Carbs last longer in the body and help balance the insulin, to stay more in a...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-10-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Alphatrak test strips? where do you buy them?

I also test every morning, to see where the day starts at, so that I can make slight adjustments if needed to food, treats, walks, etc.
Also, checking every day lets you see any trends that might be...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-09-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
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...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 12-09-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raysaint
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.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 11-25-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 491
Views: 52,233
Posted By Raysaint
Re: When should I increase his insulin?

Jesse makes good points, we can't control the process like we want. Diabetes is full of ups and downs. It's knowing when the ups/highs are more than a slight hiccup.
Consistent forever regulation is...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 11-18-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,859
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Introducing Luna

OMG, I never expected something so quick. God's message was clear I guess.
Know that Luna enjoyed every day with you all, and that's the best we can do. Make them happy and they make us happy.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 11-15-2019, 06:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,718
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Vetsulin vs. Novolin N vs. Novolin 70/30

With some dogs, and humans, fastings may not be consistent. I check my dog's fasting every morning and record it.

I asterisk any fasting I deem "high", more than I like. Anything over 250. He'll...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 11-14-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,859
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Introducing Luna

Check out this supplement. My vet recommended it when our chihuahua had a high enzyme. Turns out the high enzyme was partially caused by gum disease.

High enzymes I think don't necessarily always...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 11-10-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,781
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Questions about Yuki

Yes, it's only the syringe part that's different, the needle is still 30 or 31 gauge.
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