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Old 03-23-2019, 05:45 PM
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I have been cooking for Izzy for a month and she transitioned to eating only her special diet for 2 weeks now. Her blood glucose level has dropoed as has the amount of insulin required. She has successfully recovered from her tooth extractions and now we will face the removal of a tumor on her liver. She is a tough cookie fof a 25 pound dog.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:29 PM
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One step at a time fingers and paws crossed for izzy . Jesse has enjoyed her homemade diet and for us i have no plans of changing that .

glad the tooth problem was taken care of
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Jesse-26 lbs - 15 years old - 9.5 years diabetic - one meal a day homemade and a vitabone snack - 3 shots of Novolin a day sometimes Novolog or r as a correction to higher sugar but that is rare. total insulin for a 24 hour period is between 8 and 10 units of NPH insulin depending on her fasting number
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:22 PM
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I had a worrisome week with Izzy. She has been on a new diet for a month which was developed for her health issues - diabetes, elevated kidney levels, sludge in her gallblader and elevated liver values It worked a bit too well and all of a sudden her glucose levels plummeted to between 60 and 80 and she refused to eat. After a week of substituting food (approved by her nutritionist), altering levels of insulin, I think we have it right. Her values are in the lowest they have been for her, between 100nand 200 and her insulin has dropped from 18 units of humulin n twice daily to 8 units. Thanks to her local vet, her nutritionist and her internist who have put up with a neurotic owner(me) when Izzy was so lethargic she could hardly move.
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:30 PM
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congrats . diet is so important for overall health
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Old 04-02-2019, 02:15 PM
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Wow. That was a huge drop in insulin in a pretty short time. Looks like being neurotic paid off for you that Izzy came thru so well.
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:07 AM
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This is an update on Isabelle. I started home cooking with a diet of mostly sweet potatoes, collard greens, chicken and Fiber One. Her numbers dropped and her insulin was cut in half - great news! She successfully had her gallbladder removed as well as a tumor on her liver removed, but post survery she refused to eat her home cooked diet, refused to eat prescription diabetes friendly commercial dog food. It was not that she was not hungry but she wanted to eat what she wanted to eat and nothing else would do. She also has kidney problems so the protein that she craves had to be limited. Finally, after trying numerous foods approved by her nutrtrionist, we found a combination that works - Blue prescription kidney kibble mixed with a bit of Royal Canin kidney friendly canned food. We are now ratcheting up her insulin little by little (sigh) to get her sugar in line with ner kidney healthy diet. It has been a long 6 weeks, but she is finally returning to her old sassy self.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:47 AM
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I'm so happy to see this! Hang in there. I had to remind myself more than once that nobody wins a prize because their dog is on less insulin. She needs what she needs and not having to home cook her meals is way less hassle for you!

Keep getting sassy Isabelle. xoxo Judi
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:26 PM
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Isabelle keeps me on my toes! We had to adjust her diet to accomodate her kidney levels and her taste buds. She decided that she did not like my home cooking so after many taste tests we compromised on a kidney friendly diet that she would eat and adjusted her insulin to 13 units. She gained back her weight and recovered from her gallbladder and liver surgery - and last week I noticed that she was hesitant on her walks, sniffing more - because her good eye now had developed a cataract to match the one on her other eye! It appears that she still has partial vision but I made an appointment at the opthamologist for her. She has been through so much in the past few months! We will discuss cataract surgery so she can see from at least one eye. She is a trooper
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Its amazing how we have to adapt to new challenges
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Old 06-29-2019, 07:16 AM
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An update on Izzy. After seeing the opthamologist it was determined that she has sudden retina degeneration (unrelated to her diabetes) and "rock hard" cataracts. Cataract surgery would not help her vision so I am her seeing eye person. She is adjusting remarkeably well and is fine around the house and a bit hesitant walking outdoors, but getting more confident every day. She knows to step up when I say "up" and down when hearing "down." She is the princess in a little red wagon I bought at a yard sale for longer walks with me. We finally have her insulin adjusted for her kidney friendly diet and have discovered a new food for treats - raw asparagus! She has weathered this latest health issue like a champ.
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