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Old 01-10-2020, 09:04 AM
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Default 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 high, his nadir can be 8 points lower than fasting. If he starts good, he might only be 2 points lower. (a point Canadian is about 20 points U.S.)
My vet always tells me that any reading is one point in time and may be different other times, so myself, I wouldn't worry about a 94 unless they were consistent. That's why when playing with doses, might be good to do more than one curve once you settle in to one dose. And changing doses often is going to affect curves.
Looks like 5.5 units might be the dose to try for a couple weeks. Half unit increases are normal for small dogs.

As for yeast, our chihuahua also gets them, and had them bad when we got her. So my vet prescribed me some Surolan, but now it's Otizole. I keep a small bottle handy for the odd time she gets a bit yeasty (she licks more and the skin gets blackish.) I clean the area with hydrogen peroxide, then apply the ointment every 12 hours for a few days.

Your specialist didn't help much because there is no magic bullet to regulation. The people on here have learned that it's methodical and consistent. Same dose for at least a week, curve, adjust, repeat. Stick with the same food while doing that. If that seems to not produce results, a food change may be tried, but then you should start back at a smaller dose just in case. Then curve, adjust repeat.
And most agree that high protein is not the norm for any diabetic. You need carbs to balance and work with the insulin pattern.

It can take a while. Just when things start to look promising, something will surprise you and you think thru what might be happening.

It took me 2 years to get my dog where he is now. Don't panic, stay the course.
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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