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Old 07-04-2014, 10:33 AM
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Question Zachary RIP July 9, 2014

My 11 yr old diabetic dog has been recently diagnosed with Kidney disease.

Vet told us to feed him KD prescription diet. He liked it at first, but now refuses to eat it.

My sister recommended the RAW diet, he loved that at first, but now starting to turn his nose up at that too.

At my wits end trying to get him to eat.

Been on a roller coaster ride with the glucose levels too high to read one day, too low to read the next.

Open to ANY ideas from someone who’s been here before.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:49 AM
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I think LOTS of us have been where you are. I personally don't have any experience with kidney disease, just with diabetes. But my dog started refusing lots of foods after he was diagnosed with diabetes. I would definitely check with your vet, or maybe someone else here at the forum can chime in whether my suggestions are ok for a dog with kidney disease. Some of the things I tried were mixing yogurt, gravy, broth, or baby food with the regular food to get him to eat. I also tried Nutrisca brand grain free foods. I know that certain prescription diets are often recommended, but so many times the dogs won't eat them, and if your dog won't eat the food it's useless.

As far as his glucose levels go, how long has he been diabetic? How big is he? What type of insulin, and how much is he on? How long has he been on that dose?

I can tell you that until you can get him consistently eating, his glucose levels are going to be all over the place and nearly impossible to regulate, so really, the bottom line is finding something he'll eat. Sometimes what we can get them to eat isn't ideal for their medical condition, but they just have to eat.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:58 AM
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Welcome to you! Sorry you are having problems. You may not see as many replies due to the holiday, but maybe some members experienced with kidney disease can reply with some helpful advice.

First, how long has your dog been diabetic? Was he controlled well before the kidney disease? Is he taking any medications? It sounds like you are trying to check his blood sugar at home? If you have any recent curves you could post, that would help.

Have you addressed the lack of appetite with your vet? I am assuming that you are looking for a lower protein food, which I would think the Raw is not. Have you tried to look for some alternative dog foods? Dog Food advisor allows you to research the nutritional analysis of different brands and you can even search low protein and see if any come up.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: my diabetic dog won't eat

thanks to both of you for such a quick reply.

Cara,Let me first say, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's heartbreaking to read you story.

I haven't tried gravy, etc. But just got back from the store & guess what I bought, chicken broth... Thought it was worth a try.

Zack has been diabetic for about 3 yrs now & was stable with 11 units humilin n twice a day. This eating issue started when he started throwing up then he was diagnosed with kidney disease. The dose has been recently adjusted because the switch in diet with same dose caused glucose to go dangerously low in the 40's. The dose is up and down depending on what i can get him to eat.
We just learned how & where to draw blood to test glucose at home. Have only been doing this the last couple days.

His BG was to high to read wed afternoon, borderline high, 189, thurs am. Vet said to give him 5 units even tho i told him i couldn't get him to eat. only got him to eat a couple baby carrots which he threw up @4pm, BG was too low to read then, gave him honey, sugar water... Finally got him to eat RAW @ 8pm, couple hrs later he started walking around like he was drunk (low sugar i assumed), gave him honey... check BG 1 hr later, to high to read!, gave 9 units. today 8am BG 35, 10am BG 80, 12pm finally ate (new canned food i just bought), BG 116 after eating, gave 5 units (i hope that was the right dose??), 2pm started stumbling around again, BG 172.

It's getting to be impossible to guess sugar level based on symptoms. i'm so confused.

I have discussed the appetite issue with the Vet & asked about feeding him the RAW diet before I started it & he said it's worth a try. Interesting to hear you mention a low protein diet.

I guess i;m pretty ignorant re: diet for diabetes...
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:28 PM
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Hello and welcome

briefly

your dogs food isnt meeting up with the insulin dose causing hypoglycemia low blood sugar

this is very dangerous

only give 1/4 of his dose when he doesnt eat
1/2 dose when he eats half his food

try feeding him something he will gobble up.

gotta run others wiil be here shortly

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Old 07-04-2014, 01:00 PM
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your testing now so you will be able to figure out an appropriate dose to give with how much food is consumed but it will take time

the more you test the more you will understand blood sugar and this maybe the new normal . many have done it

i switched my jesse to one meal a day because of digestive issues some give more than 2 meals . its what works for an individual pup and as consistent day in day out that you can which makes dosing much easier .

you do have to get out of these hypo events. to dangerous .

food can be a problem with the kidney issues but they have to eat but you dont want to put to much demand on them . you dont want to force it. eat what they can and dose for that . as mo said you can give a quarter of the dose if no food is given . i give jesse a milkbone every morning with a dose of insulin and thats it with very good results and her meal in the evening with another dose of insulin . there is some flexibility depending on the unique situation and challenges occurring with this disease.

will you be perfect with your decision every time probably not but you should be able to stay out of these low blood sugar event and intervene before they occur and testing will help with that .
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thanks to both of you for such a quick reply.

Cara,Let me first say, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's heartbreaking to read you story.

I haven't tried gravy, etc. But just got back from the store & guess what I bought, chicken broth... Thought it was worth a try.

Zack has been diabetic for about 3 yrs now & was stable with 11 units humilin n twice a day. This eating issue started when he started throwing up then he was diagnosed with kidney disease. The dose has been recently adjusted because the switch in diet with same dose caused glucose to go dangerously low in the 40's. The dose is up and down depending on what i can get him to eat.
We just learned how & where to draw blood to test glucose at home. Have only been doing this the last couple days.

His BG was to high to read wed afternoon, borderline high, 189, thurs am. Vet said to give him 5 units even tho i told him i couldn't get him to eat. only got him to eat a couple baby carrots which he threw up @4pm, BG was too low to read then, gave him honey, sugar water... Finally got him to eat RAW @ 8pm, couple hrs later he started walking around like he was drunk (low sugar i assumed), gave him honey... check BG 1 hr later, to high to read!, gave 9 units. today 8am BG 35, 10am BG 80, 12pm finally ate (new canned food i just bought), BG 116 after eating, gave 5 units (i hope that was the right dose??), 2pm started stumbling around again, BG 172.

It's getting to be impossible to guess sugar level based on symptoms. i'm so confused.

I have discussed the appetite issue with the Vet & asked about feeding him the RAW diet before I started it & he said it's worth a try. Interesting to hear you mention a low protein diet.

I guess i;m pretty ignorant re: diet for diabetes...
How long had he been with the kidney problems? When Fred had his eating was the biggest problem and insulin became another...he was always very high I could never get him under control...not sure at this stage I would do raw because their system...isn't use to it..Fred Only lasted two weeks with his kidneys...hope you have better luck getting it under control...by reading what you say about his sugar it seems he isn't processing the insulin...does he pee more then normal? Fred would drink then pee it out and the insulin really never worked at this point...
I read a lot about and their diet they need to be on is high carb low protein which messes up the sugar levels...with yours the no eating is bringing him to low I would give a carb if possible anything bread rice what ever that will make him eat...even a little pasta.....apples sauce works well to if you need to get him up...I hope he does better...good luck...
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:47 PM
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Thank you for the condolences about Sparky. He was a terrific little camper, and I figure I can keep his memory alive by continuing to contribute to the forum. He would have wanted that.

Based on the hypoglycemia you're seeing, I would definitely not give more than 1/4 of his regular insulin dose when he doesn't eat. But it's great that you're checking his glucose so you can make adjustments when necessary.

As far as re-regulating him, I think it's going to be hard until you can get him to eat something consistently. It's a tough situation when a diabetic dog is sick and not wanting to eat, because they HAVE to eat to get their regular dose of insulin. I would say that even though in a perfect world he would eat the food that is best for him, in the real world the dogs rarely want to do that. I'm definitely not a vet, but I would say that really, you just need to get something into him - anything. If he doesn't eat at all you have no shot at being able to control his diabetes.

And I wouldn't say that you're ignorant about diabetes. If you've never run into this scenario, there's no reason you would have known these details. The only reason some of the rest of us know is because our dogs have already been through it.
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:54 PM
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I'll be back later, but I have TONS of experience with kidney disease and diet, and I am sure other members here might say I mention, ad nauseum, that almost without fail ALL vets recommend KD, which kidney doggies will initially love and eat and then WITHOUT FAIL, ALL doggies will stop eating it. Yep, I am not a B&W thinker and realize I have said "all" a couple of times, but it is true.

I will be glad to talk more about options for kidney disease that will be fine for diabetic diet as well. I can also point to the absolutely most FABULOUS KD Diet group that is super active and can help you with all that stuff. The doggies there tend to have co-occurring disease processes, so it is not unlikely you will find kidney and glucose issue with others.

Anyway, keep heart because it is all manageable. Aside from the ALWAYS aversion to KD, which is when I began home-cooking, there is the whole appetite issue related to high numbers and nausea so there are some things to do about that.

We just got home and absolutely MUST take a nap before dark tonight. The toddlers will not make it without some rest, and Mommy will likely die if everyone doesn't nap, so I will check back later.

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Old 07-04-2014, 04:02 PM
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So happy that you jumped in, Kristie! I was hoping you would, but I know you have your hands very full these days!!!!!!
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