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Old 05-08-2017, 07:29 PM
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Miss Mollie is a 12 year old Malti-Poo, weighs 11 pounds she was rescued from an apartment where the tenants had been evicted and weighed 12 ounces. I fostered her and ultimately adopted her. She was diagnosed 5 weeks ago.
She is on her second increased dosage of insulin, Humulin N NPH is now at 4 units 2X a day. She is currently eating Hills w/d 2X a day. Today was the first time that her glucose level was less than 450, her fasting number was at 215 so it looks like we may be making progress.
I had been advised that WalMart was the least expensive place for insulin, however today I was shocked at the $162 price being new to this I did not realize until I got home that the bottle was much larger, 10 ml than the first one that was 3ml so it was actually less expensive by volume
I have two questions regarding food and insulin. Will it be possible to
change her food after she is regulated and what is the difference between the WalMart Relion brand of insulin and the Humulin N? A pharmacist that I trust told me that the Relion was a good substitute for the Humulin but the vet wants me to use the Humulin. If anyone can explain this to me in laymans terms I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:46 PM
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Hi and welcome! Sounds like you are making progress.

Humulin N and Novolin N are the two brands of NPH insulin used. Wal Mart contracts currently with the manufacturer of Novolin to simply put Relion on the box. It is essentially the same insulin like comparing folgers and maxwell house coffee. The differences would be subtle and likely only due to a different preservative. Many vets say they favor Humulin but I also have heard Eli Lilly works the vets offices like a doctors office so they may be the reason they recommend it. I used both with Maggie. She was little and sensitive to insulin - the only difference I saw was that the Novolin N seemed to last longer duration wise and stay fresher longer. Beyond that, it worked about the same. I would just tell the vet that the Novolin is the same thing and it is $25. Period. There is no reason to overpay for the same thing.
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Old 05-08-2017, 08:02 PM
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hi and welcome

the relion brand of nph is not really a substitute for humulin or a generic version but really a name brand from another manufacturer and the insulin is novolin

actually at one time humulin was under the relion name and took novolins place and eventually switched back to novolin as walmart negotiates contracts for purchase

my jesse went through the changes of those nph insulin's under the relion name . she went from novolin to humulin then back to novolin and i am fine with both nph insulin's and did not see any benefit staying with one over the other so the cheaper version won

maybe if you gave me a side by side i might give the edge to humulin but not to justify the higher price as the difference is negligible

we do find some vets that prefer humulin as with yours and actually over vetsulin the pet insulin which may have got a bad name some years back in the states
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:08 AM
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Hi and welcome! Sounds like you're making good progress fairly early on.

I also concur that Novolin N is fine, been using it for a year now and the consensus seems to be that Walmart is the best bet price-wise as well as the place to purchase the ReliOn syringes. I don't know how I could otherwise afford it.
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:32 AM
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Besides my dog, I am also diabetic and my specialist has never mentioned that Novolin or Humulin brands had any difference when comparing the same insulin, i.e NPH.

As for changing her food after regulation, a new food will probably have different carb and fiber amounts, so it will probably alter blood sugar. I'd say choose the food, then regulate against that. Every change you make with food will likely change the curve, and you may have to re-regulate. Consistency is important with dog diabetes.
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I agree with Raysaint on the food - every time you make a change, the regulation process starts over. Dogs don't always stay regulated even if you don't make changes - sometimes age just causes changes in their reaction to insulin.

If you think you want to change food, then I would do it now.

Do you home test blood sugar? Some vets don't really recommend it but it really helps.

Mollie sounds like a really lucky dog!
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:16 PM
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Thanks everyone for your advice, I think for now I will just stick with the same food and insulin. She seems to be doing well so no changes for now.
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Hi everyone,
Mollies' insulin has been increased to 5 units 2X a day but has been showing steady improvement since the original diagnosis. In general once the dog shows a few weeks of being within the normal parameters how frequently do you test or perform a curve test?
On another subject how does one get a photograph to show? I have uploaded the picture, withing the size limits it shows in the profile but not when I post.
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Miss Mollie, rescue pup, Malti-Poo, 12 years old, 10 pounds, diagnosed on 4/3/2017
She is eating Hills w/d, kibble 1/4 c green beans, 1 tbsp Pumpkin 2X a day, insulin is Novolin currently at 6 units 2X a day
Using AlphaTrack2 for home testing
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:40 AM
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I discovered if you upload a photo in the profile area, it doesn't show when you post. Upload it in the Avatar area, or Edit Avatar.

As for testing, I'm new to this (3 months) and still not quite regulated, so I test every day, to get an idea of how the insulin is working, what effect a walk has, etc. I think once they are regulated, you're not going to change insulin dosage so I'll probably test once every other day (morning) just to look for something unusual. Just my own preference.
Other more experienced people here will have their own routines and rationale.
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Riley, 8 yr. old maltipoo, 25 lbs., diagnosed Feb 2017, taking thyroid meds, had pancreatitis and DKA mid March, eating Wellness Senior formula can food. NPH dosage now at 9.0 units Humulin N. Adding either pumpkin, spinach, blueberries, yams, or green beans to his food. Also omega-3 oil.
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:51 AM
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[QUOTE=Raysaint;160555]I discovered if you upload a photo in the profile area, it doesn't show when you post. Upload it in the Avatar area, or Edit Avatar.

Thanks that worked for the picture. We both have MaltiPoos, Mollie is small, her mother was a very small miniature poodle and she seems to have more poodle characteristics than Maltese.
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Miss Mollie, rescue pup, Malti-Poo, 12 years old, 10 pounds, diagnosed on 4/3/2017
She is eating Hills w/d, kibble 1/4 c green beans, 1 tbsp Pumpkin 2X a day, insulin is Novolin currently at 6 units 2X a day
Using AlphaTrack2 for home testing
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