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Old 03-25-2014, 10:15 AM
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I am so glad to find a diabete site for my Lola (Maltese) 10 yrs. old with diabetes for almost 2 yrs. She is regulating on 4 units - Novolin twice a day and Ketolactic eyedrops twice a day, basically blind. I want to start testing her at home. A friend lent me his test kit Free Style Life Kit. I got a sample from her lip yesterday reading 148bg, 7 hr. stretch from food and insulin. It seems to me she is sleepy after the insulin. Any help would be so appreciated as help with home testing, we have been following the vets advice all this time. She is a perfect little girl always aiming to please, she has no worries, we are her eyes for her....
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:27 AM
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Hi and welcome to you and Lola

Glad your home testing

Try testing at fasting before she eats, fedd , inject then test every 2 hours at furst till you get more data on your dog and post the results here k

Is she spayed?
What food is she eating?
What insulin and what does?
How much exercise she getting?

Just a few questions for now, dont want to overwhelm you

Glad you found us

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:35 AM
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Hello and welcome
There is a lot of info on testing on the site here. I watched the videos many times before I even attempted it so you are well ahead of the game!

I think most people here seem to use the lip though there are several options you might want to try and see which suits you both best.

If you are able to get readings at intervals as Mo suggested that will give you a lot of info on how she is reacting to the insulin and might give clues about her sleepiness. (Eddie gets his food and insulin at the same time and always wants to do nothing but snooze after it but I think that is just because his tummy is full!). Do you feed and inject at the same time?
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:48 AM
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Hi,
She is spayed, chicken breast, rice, mixed vegetables, roast beef, bologna all mixed up, she can be difficult and spit some of her food out. She is on Novoline N 4 units twice a day. Do you adjust her insulin amount if the reading is too high or low before her meal. This home testing is all new to me. She hasn't gotten much exercise as we still have snow on the ground and she does her business on pee pee pads in the house.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:54 AM
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Hello and welcome
There is a lot of info on testing on the site here. I watched the videos many times before I even attempted it so you are well ahead of the game!

I think most people here seem to use the lip though there are several options you might want to try and see which suits you both best.

If you are able to get readings at intervals as Mo suggested that will give you a lot of info on how she is reacting to the insulin and might give clues about her sleepiness. (Eddie gets his food and insulin at the same time and always wants to do nothing but snooze after it but I think that is just because his tummy is full!). Do you feed and inject at the same time?
Antonia
Yes, she eats and insulin 7 am then 7pm same times every day. I feed her than have her go potty then I inject.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:59 AM
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The only time to adjust insulin based on a single test is if blood sugar is low. For example, my dog can tend to have a low here and there. If I test her before her evening meal and her blood sugar is 50, then I am not going to give insulin at that time. I let her eat and test an hour later. Depending on that number, I might give her a reduced dose or not at all. If you try to adjust before every meal based on high numbers, you will get in trouble and it will be like a rollercoaster with their blood sugar.

The purpose of testing is to identify trends for possible dose adjustments and to keep them safe from hypoglycemia. When you do a curve at home, testing at fasting before the first meal, every two hours until the evening fasting and meal, then you see a clearer picture of how they are on a typical day and whether a dose adjustment is necessary. You shouldn't make dose adjustments based on one reading but rely on the curve data to tell you.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:05 AM
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thats great you started testing

i would say no adjustments to insulin unless you see lower numbers maybe anything below 80 . you have not seen a hypo event in the duration of being diabetic the dose is probably good so no need to panic .

the 148 is a good number i am not sure if this is at the lowest point of the day (nadir )

yes its not uncommon to see a dog to be lethargic after shot and eating . it usually takes 1.5 hours for insulin to take affect so if you see these symptoms less than an hour after the shot and meal you would think its not the insulin but who knows for sure there maybe a reaction to the shot itself . a full belly can make a dog feel sleepy .
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:23 AM
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Thank you for all the welcomes and advice so far, no I haven't seen any hypo event, thank god!!!
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:36 PM
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Default Humann blood glucose tester????

I am new to this site and in the process of much learning about home by testing. I have a human kit, Free Style Lite. Should I be using a pet kit? For the human kit is there a different reading. Do I need a conversion chart to do so. Which tester beeps and uses a smaller amount of blood? Any help would be greatly appreciated... Karen
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