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Old 10-20-2012, 08:10 PM
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Thanks Anne Marie, we're pretty happy with his numbers from yesterday Just need numbers like these to happen more often.

I hope CJ is on the road to recovery, with no more speed bumps. Good luck on Monday.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:28 PM
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Food spikes are a pooper! I have no doubt the dentastix caused the massive spike last night It's been his bedtime snack for years, and when I first started home testing I checked the dentastix and there was a big spike, so I started giving him 1/4 instead of 1/2. Hmm, still needs some work.

I do hope you can get Bo to better numbers for him soon, without too many hurdles and hoops for you both. How strange, you're trying to get away from the 2nd insulin at the same time I'm considering the possibility of adding one in thankfully he's cooperative these days
Thanks, we are a work in progress for sure! I do think the second insulin is something to use very carefully as it can bring the bg down pretty fast. Still, if the sugar is off the charts for whatever reason, I like having it available and just use a small amount.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:44 PM
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Hi all,

Sorry I've been off for a few days, life has been hectic. Franklin's nice numbers... gone started a new vial of Caninsulin last Thursday, and it was clumpy to begin with. After about 8 minutes of rolling and rotating it, it then seemed to be ok. But he didn't have a bg lower than 10. Mostly in the mid teens to mid twenties. Sunday morning fasting was HI, I re checked and HI. Changed back to the last of the previous vial till I could get a new one.

Numbers weren't much better on the previous vial, or the new new vial. Took him in yesterday for a check up and he seems to have another UTI Started another course of Baytril last night, the culture results aren't due back until Monday.

The wholecran intense cranberry arrived and didn't seem to affect bgs, (before they went haywire).

The vet who showed me how to home test only uses rapid acting insulin to treat diabetic ketoacidosis, so no help there. Although she did mention a place called Animal Diabetes Australia, and said they offer a service to guide pup parent and vet through their diabetes journey. I've sent an email to the doc there outlining Franklin's issues and what I want to do with his diabetes. The doc didn't actually answer my question of do they use rapid insulin as a part of diabetes treatment, is curious to know where his Cushing's is at, and would be happy to work with my vet.

That's great, but if we're just going to go along as we have been, Dr P doesn't need guidance with that. She's just not familiar with correction insulin. I'm not giving up Dr P, she's brilliant! Thinks outside the square, does alternative therapies, is open to my suggestions and puts up with me! No mean feat I must say (Our first appointment when we were changing vets a couple of years ago, I had her fill out a questionnaire I had come up with )

Anyways, that's where we're up to at the moment. Hoping all your babies and yourselves are well and tail waggingly happy
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:52 PM
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(Our first appointment when we were changing vets a couple of years ago, I had her fill out a questionnaire I had come up with )

I love it!

Hope Franklin feels better soon. You sure have had some ups and downs. Hang in there.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:22 PM
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Hope Franklin has a speedy recovery from his UTI and feels better soon. Good luck with the bg numbers too.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:49 PM
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Jane

I am so sorry to hear about Franklin having another UTI - the poor little fellow. ANd poor you - he was doing so well. They always seem to throw us a curved ball when things are going smoothly. Maybe the dog diabetes vet can come up with some ideas? Thinking of you both. hugs xx
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:09 PM
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Aw, another UTI? I'm so sorry little Franklin is having another one! Getting the culture results will be good...you may have something resistant going on which should be treated more aggressively. Hope the Baytril will work for him tho! Hugs to you and belly rubs to Franklin!
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:09 PM
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Hi Jane,

Sorry to hear about Franklins UTI. I believe Buddy would have been crowned King of the UTI's in his time!

He had so many that cleared fine on antibiotics but with a few weeks it would be back again. Our specialist said that he felt it would be better to have Buddy on a constant low dose of antibiotics rather than the up and downs of waiting for a UTI to appear. We did this an it was good for us.

We got a script for the drug and collected at the (human) chemist so it really was only a few cents a day, much cheaper than vet prices.

I had a look at the Animal Diabetes Australia site and it it is the one in Melbourne I have heard lots of good things about the lady doc. It would not be very convenient for you though would it?

Another thing I have been wondering about, have you used any of the Human insulins? If you have only used Caninsulin then I could consider trying maybe NPH before resorting to a fast acting as well as the caninsulin.

As you may remember Buddy started on Caninsulin and had to make a change after many years to NPH. It was the cushing specialist who gave us our first NPH script (collected at the chemist) and it worked so well that our local GP who had never used human insulins was soon on board. He still started most on Caninsulin but would change them to NPH if he felt it could improve things.

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Old 11-10-2012, 06:23 PM
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Hi everyone

Tara- thanks for not thinking I'm crazy for the questionnaire at the time we were changing Franklin's vet of 5 years, and didn't want to end up with another who didn't know certain things he should, and didn't want to learn. Towards the end of this time, it was such a struggle to get things done for Franklin. We've been going to Dr P since, and there truly is no comparison

Louise - thanks for checking in on Franklin. Hopefully this course of a/b's will clear it up and get him feeling better soon

Anne Marie - thanks for your well wishes and for checking on Franklin too. Hope CJ is doing great. Will be over to check your thread shortly

Shellie - it might be some sort of resistance, it might be that 10 days isn't a long enough course to clear it completely. I'll take in a pee sample for culture a couple of days after this round is finished to see if we need a longer course.

Jenny- your idea of constant low dose a/b's is a good one. I think first we'll need to find out if it's recurring infections or whether the course of treatment just hasn't been long enough to clear it completely.
The Animal Diabetes centre wouldn't be inconvenient for us to get to. The issue is everytime we travel down to Melbourne there seems to be less pup friendly accommodation than the time before. In my email to the doc, I'm pretty sure it was clear that Dr P and myself only need help if we are to introduce a rapid acting insulin. Dr P has said in the past that she only uses human insulin for cats, and that she uses caninsulin for pups. I'll have to find out what kind of insulin the cats get, and whether P would be willing to use for Franklin if needed.

The previous vial, the clumpy vial and the new vial are all from the same batch. If Franklin is going to lose near regulation numbers every few months due to the caninsulin, I will be asking about changing insulin brands.

The little booger has decided he doesn't need much food He's been eating half his meals, I've been giving half his dose, and he hasn't been lower than 17. The lack of appetite has been since starting this round of anti biotics. The time before, they came on a sheet with baytril 50 on the print, this time they were in a bottle with the generic name (which I had to Google). Wondering if that might be it? Gah! Seems to always be something.

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:20 PM
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What a little booger! Eat your food, Franklin! I know your tummy isn't happy but eat anyway!

Is always something! Hope you get thru this round ok!

I'm not sure why your vet would be against trying something different...or if she would be. The good ones seem willing to give new things a go if the owner is willing. I'll cross my fingers for you!

Hugs to you and belly rubs to Franklin! Eat!
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