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Old 11-11-2013, 08:48 AM
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Hi, Im new here and not sure if im posting this right Im still getting used to giving Roscoe his insulin shots, 7 weeks now, hes now starting to jerk and pull away when i give him his shots Today he jerked as i injected it, i heard a pop and felt liquid on my hand that was holding the skin, I dont know how much insulin he got, I dont know if i should give him more or wait till next dose, 12 hrs, He just had another gloucose curve and he is not regulated yet, still has high readings. I called Vet and she isnt in till 11, 3 more hrs. any suggestions?
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:57 AM
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hi and welcome

yes you just have to wait till next injection

you could try some practice injections tenting throughout the day in a loving way just to reaffirm to your pup this is a positive thing

of coarse warming insulin helps, thinner needles, bevel up and trying alternative locations with shot the practice tests may help with that .
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:05 AM
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Wondering what the "pop" could be???

To be on the safe side, ... wait till the next scheduled shot.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:08 AM
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Hello and welcome

Jesse Girl is right - you have to wait as you don't know how much you might have got in and there is too big a risk of overdosing.

If your dog is a reliable eater you could try giving his injection while he eats. We do this and our dog rarely notices us doing it. You do need to be confident that he will eat all his meal though.

In the meantime and before you can give his next dose, a bit of exercise might help to lower his sugar levels.

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Yes, you'll need to wait till next injection time. It takes some time to get the feel of the tent method or maybe try another injection spot.

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Old 11-11-2013, 09:32 AM
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thank you for your responses, im just feeling so stressed and confused, vet cant get him regulated, he had his glucose curve yesterday, first test was 345, then 450, then 609, then 700 so they stopped it. Raised him to 10 ml twice a day. im confused as to why it keeps going up. I know hes getting sore on the scuff of his neck so im trying new places but hes resisting, hes so good really, accepting all this even coming to me after bout 30 mins to get his shot i know its me being more stressed than him. I'm scared to wait till next shot, im not sure what will happen, i guess its the unknown, i need to find out more about this but cant find anything on how it effects dogs, thats how i found your site, trying to research. sorry im rambling, guess i will try walking him he loves his walks. thank you again
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:01 AM
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Kathy...first off breathe. I know how stressful this can be. My guy was diagnosed not too long ago. It's very overwhelming at first. And it's scary...especially when you have no knowledge of diabetes and have never dealt with it at all which was my case. No family, no friends no nothing to even understand it. The only think I knew was diabetes meant high blood sugar.

If you aren't home testing I would highly recommend starting. Only when I started home testing was I more in control and as such I could be more proactive with my vet and do better by my guy Lou.

I also found that my guy...who loves the vets...had totally innacurate numbers when he stayed for the all day curve tests. His readings at home where he was content and happy were completely different than the ones at the vets office. With many dogs the stress of being there all day raises their BG levels as the day goes on so while the readings at the vets show elevating levels this may or may not be what your guy is doing on a normal day at home.

As far as him hating the shots. Lou did real well the first two weeks. Then he acted like I was killing him. Broke my heart. I have found out since that cold insulin can hurt. I now warm it up, rub his injection site with an alcohol swab, give him a little chicken treat and inject then another little chicken treat. I am talking to him the whole time. He now just plunks down where I tend to give his shots and is so good. It comes with time. Remember if you are stressed or tense your dog knows and senses it. Easier said than done but it will come with time.

Shots, blood testing ect are now just part of Lou's routine. He knows it and he's fine with it. Your Roscoe will learn this is all part of his new routine and adapt. Dogs are amazingly resilient that way. Again the main thing is don't get frustrated and worked up...keep it upbeat and positive.

The only thing I can think of with the pop is it poking out the other side of his skin. Or are you tenting enough to make sure you're not hitting anything?

My guy is a rottie so a good sized dog. Hubby and I do shots from between his shoulder blades all the way down to his nubby. I tend to rub on him and grab a little skin before the shot to see where he is loosest at that time. Yes some days his skin is tenser/tighter in various areas so I find a looser spot before injection and use that area. I also feel the little rub/tug down before the shot helps.
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sometimes when raising the dose and seeing higher and more erratic numbers you may be going in the wrong direction and it maybe an overdose situation

if you are not getting full injections that can contribute to erratic blood sugar also .

i know you are struggling with shots and you do need to find a way to lower your anxiety i know its not easy but dogs are sensitive to how we feel and you have to be strong

another thing you may contemplate is home testing i know this is another step that maybe difficult to wrap your head around with the struggles you are having but this maybe the only way to figure whats going on . just testing at the vets may not be enough . lots of videos on how to do sometimes dogs are more cooperative with that then giving shots and you can practice with that also without actually testing .

i started testing my jesses blood sugar shortly after diagnosis and it did save her life .
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:22 AM
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my Jenny went from not noticing her shot to trying to bite me she hated it and felt it so much. We even muzzled her for about a week.

We warm the insulin, get the bevel side up, and give her duck jerky treats only after her shot. She still doesn't like the shot but her tail wags immediately after because she loves duck jerky.

I think some dogs are just sensitive. The scruff area was the only area that didn't really hurt her but even though we rotated around that area her vet noticed she has tons of scar tissue there and her insulin is no longer absorbing there. So, she has to suck it up twice a day for jerky.

You might want to try "tenting" his skin when you are just sitting around so he gets used to that and that action alone doesn't freak him out.

Are you testing for ketones with urine strips? that would be my biggest concern if I were you. hang in there, it does get to be more of a routine.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:46 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum Kathy and Roscoe

Can you post some more information please?

How much does he weight?
What insulin is he on?
Can you post a recent curve that was done?

I too rotate his injection site now were at the top of his leg inject right side am, left side in the pm. I roll the insulin 20 times to mix it and warm it up, then tent then inject right after food.

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