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Old 01-19-2009, 07:34 AM
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Hi Everyone!

I'm very excited to be here as Natalie was so, so kind to Pip and I when he was first diagnosed. That was a year and 5 months ago!

We started with W/D and Vetsulin (7 units) and he did okay for awhile, but he had bouts of high blood sugar that were not explained. We thought Cushings for awhile, but the Vet put that on the back burner for now.

With the help of Carla, I switched Pip to Humulin N and he now gets homemade food. I've had to steadily increase his food as he lost a considerable amount of weight. He also dropped his insulin requirements with the change in food.

He gets 7.5 oz. of turkey or chicken (ground) and 5 oz. each of ground zucchine and ground green beans, 1 oz. of ground chicken hearts and 4.5 oz. of pumpkin. He's at 5.5 units of Humulin N. Actually, he's more stable than ever on the new food and insulin - so THANK YOU CARLA wherever you are!!!

Over 2008 he's had eye problems. He gets tacrolimus once a day and another "aspirin-type" drop (as the Vet describes it) once a day as well. I can't remember the name of the drop though.

He sees an eye specialist for this. And if he remains free of ulcers they won't need to see him for year. Fingers crossed!

I haven't been able to blood test him at home, but we remain vigilant about testing urine. It may not be accurate, but coupled with his behavior, it does let us know when he's unwell.

Lately, he's been showing sugar in his urine (usually he shows none) and has been vomiting (a little). So, we are calling the Vet today to check him out.

Hopefully it's not pancreatitis again. He NEVER gets anything other than his food and diabetic dog treats. So, I get nervous that maybe he's one of those dogs with chronic pancreatitis. He's had it 3 times since diagnosis.

Anyway, it's been a long haul getting me comfortable with his diagnosis! (It's all about me). But, I'm nowhere near the hysterical point I was a year ago. I never, ever though I could stick a needle in my beloved Pip! Isn't progress wonderful!

Hugs to all! Pam and Pip
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:51 AM
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Hi Pam and Pip,

Your Pip sounds a bit like Apollo...we even did the Cushings tests..... however we are still using Vetsulin....
anyhow -- do you give Pip any supplements?

I have been giving Apollo - SamE (Denosyl), and Milk Thistle.
both are good for the liver etc... and since we too have a history of pancreatitis - anything I can do to prevent .... it's worth it!

another thought -- Apollo gets 'hungery' and at times he will eat too fast -- that's usually when we might see a bit of upchuck I stand by his food now to slow him down and I also put his food on a larger plate and spread is out to help the speeding.

hope the vet appt goes well.

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Old 01-19-2009, 09:35 AM
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Hi Pam and PIP.....Hope the vet visit goes well and Pip is on the road to recovery.....
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:05 AM
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Hi Kay and Debbie!!!

I will let you know how the appointment goes. Debbie, I forgot to mention that Pip is on Denosyl and Sam-e. I'm getting so forgetful as I get older. I have to have a list of his foods and supplements in front of me - everday - or I'm afraid I'll forget something!

Pam
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:36 PM
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Hi Welcome,

Nat and Kath are the greatest, Nat helped me with Niki alot back at DX.

I hope with Nick it was just an up chuck thing. Changing or adding food etc, is always hard on me and Niki

Niki has lost enough weight to have me concerned, so I am working with new diet and insulin, not easy as you know.

You've come a long way, good job
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:09 PM
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Pam sounds like you are fighting dry eye like I am with Nick. Nick is on cyclosporine drops. I also had him on antibiotic ointment and then some lubricant in between times. His eye is puffy around it. The other eye looks fine. The infection looks much better but I am trying to figure the puffiness. I read about it this am of Marvistavet but now forget what I read!!! Oh age and menopause!!!!
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:12 PM
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Hi:

My husband just came back from the Vet and first of all Pip lost weight again. I can't believe it! He was doing so well. He actually gained a pound. He has been acting like he's starving lately - and that could account for the vomiting. He eats like it's his last meal.

Secondly, at about 3PM his bg was 66! The Vet didn't want us to drop his insulin, but give him more food. I have suspected that Pip might go low at the Vet because of nerves, but I have no proof.

I'm worried about 66 at 3 because based on previous curves, his lowest time of the day is usually noon.

He has not shown signs of hypoglycemia that I've been able to detect, but he never has actually gone hypo. My husband is home with him all day.

I'm quite depressed with this news - I just hope tomorrow isn't more of the same.

Pam
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:30 PM
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Hi Pam
Glad u came over here. I would test urine at fasting tonight and test before you go to bed. What time does Pip get his eve shot? How much more does the vet want to increase his food?I forgot does Pip bite Is that why u don't home test?
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:59 PM
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It could be the excitment from the vet. Brandy will drop like a rock at the vet. I give her treats before we leave and at the vet. Some dogs BG get higher at the vet some lower. Each dog is different.

With more food this should help raise the BG tomorrow. The low of 66. Is that why the vet wanted to increase the food and not the insulin?

Dawn and the girls
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:25 PM
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Hi Marianne and Dawn:

You guys are everywhere! But glad to see you too Dawn!

I've never been able to get blood from Pip because it requires milking the site and he won't stand for that. He does bite and he's a horrible fighter. We've even wrapped him up like a papoose (sp?), but he actually seemed to foam at the mouth from fighting so hard. So, I've given that up for now. I'm hoping he will relax a bit as he gets older.

The vet said more food because it looks as though Pip has lost about 1 lb. again - not because of the 66. I just don't know how he could have lost weight again. He's been on this amount and type of food for at least 2 months and had gained weight. Now he's down again. Could be the scale, but a pound on him is a lot of weight.

Dawn, I think you're right, he might go lower at the Vet because he's never exhibited any hypo symptoms.

My husband called me from his cell phone and was very down and disgusted about Pip. I guess I caught a "contact low" from him. Sorry.
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