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Old 09-03-2013, 07:50 AM
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Hi there,
My 10 year old Maltese was just diagnosed with diabetes. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to manage all of this and I'm feeling very overwhelmed. I spent the first 2 days crying and hugging my pet. I also have another dog who is well, but he's having a time adjusting to the feeding schedule. I have found some very useful topics on here but still have questions.
Is it ok to occasionally have the evening meal a little sooner or later then exactly 12 hours apart from breakfast? I'm trying to coordinate a house/pet sitter for the end of the month when we are scheduled to visit our daughter and her family in another state. I have a person that we use who does a great job, but his schedule is somewhat fluctuating and I'm not sure that on some days he will be able to make the scheduled feeding/insulin time.
Any help is greatly appreciated if someone has experience with occasionally adjusting feeding times to accomodate work schedule.
Thank you.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:27 AM
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the standard thought is that if you are within an hour either way of the 12 the world won't end. we do the best we can do.

Even though this is overwhelming at first it really does get to be a routine. My non-diabetic dog had to get used to the feeding schedule too. They adapt!

I balked at testing blood sugar at home for a long time till my Jenny had some scary low readings. Since all dogs vary, if you could start testing you'd probably feel more comfortable at those times when you aren't on an absolute strict schedule.

hang in there and welcome!
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:38 AM
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Hi there,
My 10 year old Maltese was just diagnosed with diabetes. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to manage all of this and I'm feeling very overwhelmed. I spent the first 2 days crying and hugging my pet. I also have another dog who is well, but he's having a time adjusting to the feeding schedule. I have found some very useful topics on here but still have questions.
Is it ok to occasionally have the evening meal a little sooner or later then exactly 12 hours apart from breakfast? I'm trying to coordinate a house/pet sitter for the end of the month when we are scheduled to visit our daughter and her family in another state. I have a person that we use who does a great job, but his schedule is somewhat fluctuating and I'm not sure that on some days he will be able to make the scheduled feeding/insulin time.
Any help is greatly appreciated if someone has experience with occasionally adjusting feeding times to accomodate work schedule.
Thank you.
Actually I have the same problem with my pet sitter, as I have Abby on a 6-6 schedule. However it fits better on her schedule for a 7am-7pm. I will move Abby in 15 mins intervals, to get to the 7-7 schedule. Hopefully they can still be at 12 hrs apart, but just a different time. The same goes when or if you have daylight savings time. I will move in 15 mins intervals.

Once they become a little more regulated, you may be able to do 1/2 hr... but initially I think you may be safe with 15 mins.

Welcome to the forum, and what a cutie!!

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:58 AM
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Take a breath...you have found a great place!! I know it's incredibly overwhelming at first, we've all been through it, but we've all made it too! There is a ton of great info on this site, but there is also a lot of great people that don't mind sharing their knowledge with you!

We try to keep Vinny to a 12 hour schedule, but you know, life happens. Sometimes it might have to be 5:30 and sometimes 6:30. We also have another dog, Bogey, that had to get used to a new schedule. He got used to it too. They adapt pretty well. In fact, they both used to graze, but now they eat when I put it down or I pick it up.

You will get the hang of this, by next week or the week after, you'll be feeling a lot more confident! We just took Vinny camping about 10 days ago...I wasn't sure we'd be able to do that and here we are 2 months after diagnosis!

Welcome to the board!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:09 AM
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Hello and welcome
I think you'll find that nearly everyone on here was overwhelmed at first. Somehow having to inject your dog twice a day seems very much more than eg having to give pills twice a day. And there seems to be so much to learn.
The good news is that you don't have to learn everything all at once and that your dog will feel better once you get the insulin injected regularly - and then you finally start to feel better!!

We do not stick to a rigid 12 hour schedule. Our normal day will be breakfast around 6.45am and tea at 6pm. If we are late back we have sometimes gone up to an hour later than the usual times (or sometimes a bit earlier) and Eddie survived perfectly well.
Our usual dog sitter (if we are out for just a day) will feed but not inject so we sometimes get her to give him a snack mid-afternoon on the basis that it is safer for their glucose levels to be high rather than too low and that just puts him on till we get back. Some people use timed release feeders to do this (but that may not work with multiple dogs).
You'll work something out as you get into a routine - it does get easier!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:16 AM
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Actually I have the same problem with my pet sitter, as I have Abby on a 6-6 schedule. However it fits better on her schedule for a 7am-7pm. I will move Abby in 15 mins intervals, to get to the 7-7 schedule. Hopefully they can still be at 12 hrs apart, but just a different time. The same goes when or if you have daylight savings time. I will move in 15 mins intervals.

Once they become a little more regulated, you may be able to do 1/2 hr... but initially I think you may be safe with 15 mins.

Welcome to the forum, and what a cutie!!

Barb
welcome..you will find some great information and great people on this site to help you get a better understanding about all of it..my fred has been diabetic for about 3 yrs now and we never stick to the 12 to 12..its almost impossible for me..my vet told me we have a three hour window between feedings..so i tend to do it on the 10th hour...once in a great while i go over the 12 hour mark and he is late at getting it..but i never do it any earlier than the 10 hour mark..best of luck to you, and dont stress you will get there..
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:42 AM
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Hi there, Welcome

It's hard to take it all in at first, you're sad about your doggie. Hang in there, you'll do great, in no time you'll be helping others.

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Old 09-03-2013, 05:16 PM
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I was told by my vet that an hour early or late isn't a problem. I try to stick to the 12 hours the majority of the time, but when there is a scheduling issue I know that I have that buffer zone and I don't stress about it.

Ask any question here and someone will come along that can probably answer it!
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:34 PM
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Thank you to all who posted! I think I am going to be ok pretty soon, it's just that when you first get the news it feels like you are being turned inside out. I seriously had lost my appetite and felt sick. I kind of new already by his symptoms, I was just hoping against hope that I would get a different answer. My dogs are like my babies since my real ones grew up and moved away. My husband on the other hand could easily do without them. Oh, he likes them well enough because he knows that I love them, but he is really not a pet person.

I can tell my little Sashi is feeling better already and that helps. Sashi also has a bladder infection which I guess is common with the diabetes. The meds he is on for that has helped also as he is no longer wetting his kennel at night.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:07 AM
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I have another question. Is it ok to pre fill syringes for when I have a pet sitter? I want to make it as easy as possible for him to administer the shot and I am terrified that they will get the dose wrong. It is very hard for even me to get it right since my dog only gets 1.7 units twice a day. I have read conflicting answers from different sites.

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