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Old 03-08-2018, 10:52 AM
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Default Re: Champ - just diagnosed and so worried!

A normal starting dose is 1/2 a unit per kilogram (2.2 lbs.). Your dog weighs 36 kg, which would be 18 units. 13 units is probably still low.
Curious as to how your vet come up with the starting dose.

As for a food change, it's to get more fiber I assume (the fat and protein of your current food isn't too bad, on a dry matter). Being the dog is early in the diagnosis and sugars are high, I might change food now and get it all done, while you're just starting sugar regulation.
If you wait until his sugars are regulated, which could take weeks (and that's OK), then a new food will probably change his sugar numbers and you'll have to tweak dose again for a few weeks.

Others may weigh in on my suggestion.
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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