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Old 06-20-2017, 11:31 AM
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Hi,

He is 37 kilograms I have noticed that his back end, particularly his legs, have lost a lot of weight. His back legs look very boney now and I can feel lumps and bumps that I couldn't before.

We have been told twice a day, I am not sure of the level though. They have also tested his bloods to see if anything else is triggering the diabetes.
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:53 AM
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Great to see you back!

As mentioned by others, ... it's quite likely the weakness in the rear legs will pass as Byron's B/G #'s come down, ... he'll probably recover any weight he lost as well.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:24 PM
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Hi,

He is 37 kilograms I have noticed that his back end, particularly his legs, have lost a lot of weight. His back legs look very boney now and I can feel lumps and bumps that I couldn't before.

We have been told twice a day, I am not sure of the level though. They have also tested his bloods to see if anything else is triggering the diabetes.
Byron is a BIG boy, almost 82 pounds!

I'm hoping now that we know you are in the U.K., some of our other U.K. members will check-in with you. Specifically, I'm wondering about insulin suggestions. I think the common insulin there is Caninsulin (called Vetsulin in the U.S.). Vetsulin/Caninsulin would become expensive for a large dog in the U.S. because it generally costs around $60 for 400 units of insulin. We are lucky here because Walmart sells Novolin-N (a human insulin that seems to work just fine in most dogs) for $25 for 1000 units. Don't know if your vet would even consider a human insulin over Caninsulin. Or if cost difference is that much over there.

Diabetics generally loose weight until the insulin requirement is addressed. Without insulin, food basically goes into the mouth, and straight out onto the garden as either poop or urine. The body cells need the correct ratio of blood glucose from the food, and in Byron's case, the injected insulin. I'm guessing the body determines what area takes preference to sustain life: brain, heart, lungs, etc.. The hind legs are way down the list of priorities and are not "fed".

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Old 06-20-2017, 01:19 PM
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I'm so glad you are going to treat it. Labs seem to get the weak legs more than the other breeds.

Please keep us posted!
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