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Old 10-14-2019, 01:53 PM
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Default Re: Diagnosed today - lots of confusion and questionable veterinary visit/info

I would go to a 12 hour schedule. The insulin generally lasts 12 hours, give or take, so overnight the insulin probably runs out and morning sugars will be quite high. So you'll always be fighting a bad start to the day.

Extra kibble, which is high carb, is only going to raise the sugar, and the insulin dose is based on working with the meal alone, at least until regulation. Kibble is throwing another factor into the mix. Higher sugar makes them more hungry, it's a vicious circle.
She's going to seem hungry because sugars are high, extra food makes it worse. Give her dehydrated chicken or liver treats once in a while.

The dog's body needs consistency, so getting used to 12 hour periods of insulin and possibly similar fasting sugars and curves will help towards regulation. A curve should represent a typical day of sugar pattern, and that's what an insulin dose is based on. The curve will be typical if the food and insulin is consistent. But extra food is going to make the curve different every day. That's not what you want to base an insulin dose on.

Jessegirl makes good points about testing. For the cost of a vet visit, you can probably buy a meter and strips and test at home. That way you can monitor progress or setbacks.
Riley, 8 yr. old maltipoo, 25 lbs., diagnosed Feb 2017, taking thyroid meds, had pancreatitis and DKA mid March, eating Wellness Senior formula can food. NPH dosage now at 9.0 units Humulin N. Adding either pumpkin, spinach, blueberries, yams, or green beans to his food. Also omega-3 oil.
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