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Old 07-31-2014, 05:09 PM
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My dog was diagnosed today· I have to give him insulin shots twice a day· I'm terrified I'm gonna mess something up· Any advice for the new gal n pup on the block is very welcomed! Look forward to hearing from you all·
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Old 07-31-2014, 05:25 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
Tells us more about your pup. Breed, weight, insulin being given, initial dosage of insulin, food being fed, anything you want to share.

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Old 07-31-2014, 05:44 PM
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Hello, and welcome!

I think many of us here on the forum were scared out of our minds when our dogs were diagnosed. I know I was. I was afraid of injecting Sparky's insulin, of testing his glucose, of giving him the wrong food, of him going blind, etc, etc, etc.

But the reality is that a person can't remain scared all the time. You will get used to this, and you'll be surprised at how quickly it becomes a way of life. You and your dog will adjust. And there are a few things that I can tell you now, that I wish I had known in the beginning. First of all, I recommend that your dog see an internal medicine specialist. So many vets are not up on the latest research, but one of the things that internal medicine specialists do well is diabetes. Also, while this probably sounds strange, one of the biggest risks to a diabetic dog is actually low blood sugar from too much insulin. Dogs tolerate high blood sugar much better than low blood sugar. So while it is important to get your pup's blood sugar under control, I think it is a mistake to go for super tight regulation. This puts your dog at a really high risk of having low blood sugar, which can lead to coma or even death. I'm not trying to scare you by this - but you need to be aware to NOT raise your dog's insulin dose too much in an attempt to get perfect blood glucose. Another thing that helps tremendously, though it is intimidating at first, is learning to test your dog's glucose yourself. You'll find that it not only saves a ton of money, it eliminates the guesswork from adjusting your dog's insulin. You'll know if your dog's glucose is getting low and you'll be able to intervene by rubbing some honey or syrup on his/her gums. I would RUN, not walk away from a vet that discourages home testing.

I'm sure you have a ton of questions, and you will find a lot of help here. Please don't be afraid to ask questions - all of us have been through this and have learned so many of the "tricks of the trade". You CAN do this. It's going to take some time and definitely a commitment to your dog's care, but remember, you are not alone in this.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:21 PM
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First thing to do is take a big deep breath. You've come to the best place anywhere for help with whatever comes up. And remember, every time you give him a shot, you're keeping him alive.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:44 PM
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it will be fine. my Jenny has survived me as her caretaker for 3 years with this! you can do it and the dog will feel so much better! hugs
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:47 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Everyone here has been in your shoes and had the same fears (and tears!).

Tell us about your baby and ask any questions. This is an international group so you'll see lots of posts

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