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Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog Yesterday, 02:58 PM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Newly diagnosed, wondering about food

Generally you want food that has moderate fiber/carbs and protein, and somewhat low fat if possible.
Many vets recommend Hills WD, so I search for food that was close to that in terms of fat,...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 02-13-2020, 12:31 PM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Dosage and Urination for Schnauzer??

A normal starting dose is 0.5 units per kilogram (2.2 lbs.) So 5 units is on the high side of a good start dose.

Peeing is usually a sign of high sugar. You should be checking sugar at home, it's...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 02-10-2020, 03:26 PM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Any ProZinc users?

has his thyroid been checked? Overactive could be metabolising too fast.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-22-2020, 04:00 PM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Should I reduce his amount of insulin?

My concern is that reducing the dose just to offset the drop will have a negative affect on the rest of the 12 hours. You already have some high fastings.

I'd still want to see the drop without a...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-21-2020, 02:50 PM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Should I reduce his amount of insulin?

Try not taking the dog for a walk, and get an idea of how many points she goes up after eating.
If her fasting is 10, does she go up 5 points in the next 2 hours? Maybe do a short curve, every hour...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-21-2020, 02:48 PM
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Views: 2,930
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Who took their dog to a specialist? Advice?

Yes, 30 unit, BD Ultra Fine, 3/10 ml, 8mm (5/16"), 31 gauge.
I use each needle twice. Inject, cap it carefully, use once more. Been doing that since the beginning.

For my own diabetes, I use the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-21-2020, 06:39 AM
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Views: 53,691
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Should I reduce his amount of insulin?

Seems a bit strange. Humulin has no rapid action, so dropping so much soon after eating is odd to me. Are you giving any food/treats when you see the low number?

Riley had a weird curve for a...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 01-13-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,930
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: 118
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
Replies: 87
Views: 2,930
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
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Views: 2,930
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
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Views: 53,691
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
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Views: 2,930
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
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Views: 2,930
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: 87
Views: 2,930
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: 829
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: 829
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: 728
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: 829
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: 87
Views: 2,930
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
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Views: 53,691
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
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Views: 53,691
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: 87
Views: 2,930
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: 87
Views: 2,930
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: 87
Views: 2,930
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...
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