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Old 07-05-2014, 03:51 PM
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HI there

My 12 yr old yellow lab Kayla (74lbs) was just diagnosed Thursday with Diabetes. They wanted me to come in right away to show me how to give her the insulin shots. The vet tech told me to give her 17units every 12 hours. Showed me how and all... and stressed that I had to do it close to every 12 hours. I have been doing so since Friday but I just happened to read the bottle in detail and it says 17units every 24 hours. I'm kind of freaking out because I think I'm giving her too much! I called the emergency vet and they said I should go with what the vet tech said and not what's on the bottle. I need advice for tomorrow as my vet isn't opened till Monday. Should I continue with this dosage or should I start cutting it in half every 12 hours? I'm very new to this and don't want to hurt my dog....

Thanks ahead of time..

Jennifer
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

Welcome to the forum!
Only have a second, but wanted to answer your question. Most of the insulins used with our pups are given every 12 hours. Vetsulin / Caninsulin is sometimes tried for 24 hours, but almost never lasts that long so it is usually best to start on 12 hour dosing. What type of insulin are you using?

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Old 07-05-2014, 04:17 PM
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Jennifer,

Welcome here. I have no idea how much is correct for Kayla's weight, but I will search for a few minutes and see what I can come up with because I am 100% certain I have seen the members who have been here a long time talking about how much is a 'sound' beginning dose/lb. Let's see, Snowball was 5.8lbs when we should up a few weeks ago. Vet Rxd 2.5u BID, but I was nicely but firmly informed here that was too much! Sure enough, we are at 0.5u and any more would have surely done him in. I think the original suggestion was 1u/his weight.

So I will see what I can find, but as hard as it is to sit tight, I am CONFIDENT that between now and tomorrow morning you will absolutely have a good answer from a member who is more of an expert with this. I just know how it feels to be sitting there 'refreshing' the page and waiting and hoping to get some lifeline. We are here.
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:19 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
Only have a second, but wanted to answer your question. Most of the insulins used with our pups are given every 12 hours. Vetsulin / Caninsulin is sometimes tried for 24 hours, but almost never lasts that long so it is usually best to start on 12 hour dosing. What type of insulin are you using?

Craig

Oh, see! Excellent! You got an moderator!!! So you are going to be in good hands. There will be others along shortly.
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:33 PM
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Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

Thanks for your responses. I'm giving her Vetsulin - U40 syringes. I spoke to the ER Vet again and they said it sounds like I'm giving her the correct dosage. I'm a little concerned now though with my vet as they gave me no discharge papers and I didn't know what signs to look for if she's in trouble. The ER tech told me if she seems drunk or a staggered walk I should bring her in. This is all so new and I can tell I need to read up more on this
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:35 PM
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Ok, actually have a few more minutes than I thought

A normal starting dosage for Vetsulin and NPH style insulins is often .2 units per pound, so Kayla is just a smudge over what many would start with at 17 units for 74 pounds. The difference between 14ish and 17 units probably isn't anything to worry about.

What is she eating? Are you having any trouble getting her to eat? It's important that you feed a consistent amount along with the insulin (I use a kitchen scale to weigh out my Annie's food). If Kayla doesn't eat a full meal be prepared to give a reduced dosage. Something like 1/4 dosage with no food eaten, dosage with half a meal. But it's really important to get on a firm schedule.

Any other medical conditions / medications? Is she spayed?

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Old 07-05-2014, 04:35 PM
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Welcome Jennifer and your dog Kayla to the forum.

Ditto what Craig posted
The 17 twice a day every 12 hours is a great starting point.
Injecting once a day probably wont regulate Kayla.

What food is she eating?

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Here's a good general article that may be of interest: http://www.2ndchance.info/diabetesdog.htm
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:41 PM
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If she acts drunk, wobbles its probably because theres too much insulin causing a sudden drop in her blood sugar called hypoglycemia.

the treatment is to have some Karo syrup on hand and rub it on her gums followed by her food.

I started home testing with my dog, got a meter, some strips, lancets and i still test Riles 4 x a day at home so i have control of his blood sugar and know when he goes low or high to treat him.

ask away any questions you have, gotta run
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:41 PM
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Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

She's eating Prescription Diet W/D. The Vet sold it to me and recommended it. I'm only on day 2 but she does eat at consistent times twice a day and I wait until she's almost done with her food to give her the shot. She's standing still at the time so it seems convenient.

She is spayed. No other major health conditions at this time. She did have Pancreatitis when she was younger and almost died a few times but her alergy meds were causing it and we haven't had any issues with it for about 5 years. I'm thinking that's why she has developed diabetes because her pancreas is so messed up from years ago .
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