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Old 01-10-2019, 05:38 AM
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Default Re: Ace the Border Collie

Welcome. Sounds like you're on your way with a management regimen. Early on, educating yourself is important.
Just be methodical and consistent. Food and insulin every 12 hours.
Do a full curve, see what the lowest number is {nadir} and when it occurs.
Many people test at fasting {just before meals}, and you can spot check before nadir time, because it won't be the same every day, but you want to watch for low sugar.
If nadir is not too low, then you can increase insulin dose one unit, give it a week, and do another curve.
Keep doing this until nadir starts to be consistently in a low, but safe range.
A 39 lb. dog usually would start with a dose of almost 9 units.

As for changing insulins, now would be the time to do it, so that your regulation progress is with the insulin you want to use. Many people use an NPH insulin, either Humulin or Novolin NPH. It's the most common.
Vets will almost always want you to use Vetsulin, but it's not mandatory.
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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