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Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-25-2019, 10:41 AM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help for little Piper?

And remember Vetsulin is not all long acting, so it won't necessarily have the same strength pattern/duration as NPH.

My dog, on NPH, always rises 3-4 points (Canadian) after his nadir period...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-07-2019, 05:39 AM
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Re: Taste of the Wild linked to heart disease & Alphatrak issues

I've had experience with market research in my job, and the process. My understanding of this whole FDA thing, the lack of grain in a food is not the problem. They decided to hypothesize that diet...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-03-2019, 05:29 AM
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Re: Mochi has damaged his eye...worried

Being that the meds are temporary, you might want to just stay the course for insulin and food. The meds can affect blood sugar differently every day, so trying to adjust and correct might be crazy....
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-29-2019, 10:44 AM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Newly Diagnosed and Confused

Something I heard from vets and read on vet sites, asparagus is very hard to chew so dogs may swallow it whole and it can be a choking hazard.
Some people lightly blanch it to aid in chew and...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-29-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 14,912
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Roxy the Boxer

Doesn't seem the research is conclusive yet. And just like many human pre-packaged foods, studies show they could cause/be linked to whatever. But most of us keep eating them because we know the risk...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-21-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Problems with glucose meter

The Alpha will give a warning on the display if the battery is low. My first battery lasted about 2 years.

I always believe there is a risk in using different strips for a meter. Others on here I...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-11-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,627
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Diagnosed today - lots of confusion and questionable veterinary visit/info

With insulin, remember it doesn't work that fast, so having high sugar 20 minutes after insulin is not abnormal, especially if fasting sugar was high. Giving a second dose is going to alter the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-06-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By Raysaint
Small Animal Nutrition download

I read that this textbook is one of the leading authorities on nutrition. I figured it would cost to see it, but looks like a lot of it's no charge to read or download.

It's pretty in-depth but a...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-28-2019, 04:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,627
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Diagnosed today - lots of confusion and questionable veterinary visit/info

Another place to get blood is on either side of the base of the tail, on the haunches. You may have to freehand lance it, or buy larger size lancets. And you can buy just a better lancet device. I...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-26-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 942
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help for Romeo

His insulin may be lasting, and it does weaken as the day goes on, but it may just be that the dose is just not enough. If there's room to increase and keep sugars in a safe range for the first 6...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-24-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,688
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Annie: Diabetic with new Cushings diagnosis

My dog is 25 lbs. and he eats 1.5 cans divided into 2 meals, and it maintains his weight perfectly.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-23-2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Vetsulin bubbles?

The instructions for Caninsulin, the Canadian version, says to turn the vial upside down and back a few times. This gets the bottom crystals mixed into the solution.
Accomplishes the same thing as...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-20-2019, 04:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 942
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help for Romeo

The shape of the curve isn't too bad, looks like you just need a dose increase. Then another curve and repeat.

Don't worry too much about when nadir is, every dog is different. My dog has had 3...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-19-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help for little Piper?

My first thought is the dose is too high. 6.0 units for a 9 lb. dog is way above the normal starting dose, which is 0.5 units per kilogram (2.2 lbs. here in Canada.)
That would be 2 units.

And...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-16-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 831
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Blood sugar level before bed

It kinda depends on the blood sugar pattern (curve) during the night. Sometimes it's different than the day curve pattern.

My dog seems to have more of a straight line decrease during the night,...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-14-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 942
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help for Romeo

I believe once sugar gets better regulated, the risk of UTI should decrease. As you said, high sugar can increase risk, that's common.
From what I've read, high sugar allows more bacteria to form...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-11-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 942
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help for Romeo

I agree, the food may be part of the problem. More carbohydrate content may help. Low carb is usually not best for diabetics, human or dog. Without carbs, the insulin uses all the blood sugar up...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-06-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Recent diagnoses...completely overwhelmed!

Take a deep breath. There are links on here to give you a basic education about managing dog diabetes. That's a good start.

Know that regulation takes time, sometimes lots of time, but that's OK....
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-03-2019, 04:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,627
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Diagnosed today - lots of confusion and questionable veterinary visit/info

By general sugar levels, I meant the range between highs and low. If the whole 12 hours is on the high side, youíre safe to increase.

Vets here in Canada start the dose at 0.5 units per kilogram...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-02-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,688
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Annie: Diabetic with new Cushings diagnosis

I think most believe that home testing is so important. It lets you have more control over the management. And it saves you trips and money.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-02-2019, 06:38 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 42,070
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Help! Need diet advice!

https://dogfood.guide/allergies/

https://petlifetoday.com/best-dog-food-for-allergies/

Here's some reading you can look thru and check the ingredients and fat level on the manufacturers sites....
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-02-2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,627
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Diagnosed today - lots of confusion and questionable veterinary visit/info

A 14 lb dog probably should be on more than one unit of insulin. A starting dose would be 3 - 4 units. If her insulin is not enough, then her sugar will be very high, and that will cause her to lose...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-29-2019, 04:51 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,688
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Annie: Diabetic with new Cushings diagnosis

Are you not home testing? Doubling her food will surely affect her sugars. You could be testing and adjusting the dose once a week as needed.

Does the vet want her to stay on 2 cans a day? Her...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-28-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 12,714
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Insulin

if his biggest spike is just after meals, that can be normal for some; dogs and people. Then if sugar comes down, as it should, thatís also normal.

From his latest curve, where does sugar get...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-27-2019, 05:31 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 12,714
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Insulin

Going from 678 to the 400ís is good. The big spike after eating could just be his metabolism. Have you ever had his thyroid checked. To ensure there isnít a metabolism issue affecting how food and...
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