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Old 02-25-2011, 11:04 AM
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Hi All!

Been following your discussion with great interest.

I've a little 11 1/2 yo, 26 lb. pug boy by the name of Otis who was diagnosed with diabetes in mid December. We're working on getting him regulated.

I wish he would stand for the blood testing, but it's hard enough to give him his shots 2x a day. I believe I'll "lurk" and learn for a while.

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Old 02-25-2011, 11:35 AM
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Welcome Bill & Otis,
Lots of good info on the main web site as well as here in the forum. Be sure to ask any questions you might come up with.

The normal things we would like to know about Otis would be; type of insulin, food, feed & inject 12 hours apart? Any other medical conditions?

I'm sure others will welcome you later.
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:47 PM
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I don't want to bombard you with questions if you'd rather lurk for a while but thought I'd create a thread for Otis at any rate. Let us know if we can offer any help.

I have to say I love the avatar of Otis with his toy! Too cute

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Welcome Bill & Otis,
Lots of good info on the main web site as well as here in the forum. Be sure to ask any questions you might come up with.

The normal things we would like to know about Otis would be; type of insulin, food, feed & inject 12 hours apart? Any other medical conditions?

I'm sure others will welcome you later.
Otis is 11.5 yrs old, and weighs ~26 lbs. He's not fat, just a big boned, muscular pug and has had a history of allergy "issues". BTW, he contracted his diabetes because of some big doses of corticosteroids injected by his EX vet because of a skin problem. After those injections, he couldn't drink enough water ... and, it never subsided. I'll tell you more about that on another day.

Otis started with 4U 2x a day. Was increased to 5U after a month and is up to 7U after his recent glucose curve, Tuesday. His glucose was at 400 and was pretty constant, per the Dr.

I initiated the curve when it was apparent he was drinking too much water, and was "confused" at times. The poor guy is rapidly losing his vision too. I got some Diastix late last week and tested his urine several times a day ... the glucose results were all either 1 or 2. That's when I really knew we were in trouble and called the Dr. No ketones showing up in the tests.

Started the 7U shots Tuesday PM ... the Dr gave him one before I picked Otis up. His Diastix readings seem to have "relaxed" a little and seem to be hovering around 1 ... some almost at 1/2. Dr said to wait about 3 days for the new dose to have it's impact and see where we would go from there. Tonight will be 3 full days on the 7U dose and if I don't see a better result tomorrow AM, I'll be calling the Dr.

This is a very sad situation, and is enough to make a grown man cry at times. He's "adjusting" to his decreasing vision and bumps into things a lot.

This morning I went out for about a half hour ... and when I came back into the house, he was sitting upright on his bed in the den whining very quietly. It was enough to make me bust into tears ... what a sad sight. That poor little guy, unable to see much and scared because I had left, ... just sitting there crying. Makes me love him even more!

Gotta feed him now, and get his insulin.
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Poor guy! Hopefully you'll be able to get his BG in better control and he'll feel better. At what times are you feeding and injecting? What type / brand of insulin is Otis using?
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Poor guy! Hopefully you'll be able to get his BG in better control and he'll feel better. At what times are you feeding and injecting? What type / brand of insulin is Otis using?
He eats at ~5:00 AM & PM, insulin injection follows immediately. He also gets either a scrambled egg, or some chicken for a mid day snack. Also put a few OM kibbles in with his snack. He also gets a few Alpo Variety Snaps as treats throughout the day.


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Hi and welcome to the forum. Poor Otis, who is absolutely adorable, we've all been through this. My dog went blind very quickly at age 10 after being diagnosed and he was very frightened. he worked it out but wanted to be with me all the time. I had his cataracts removed and he did very well. Could see immediately.

What kind of food are you feeding him? You need to be careful with treats as they can add to the glucose issues. Make sure whatever treat you give has no sugar. Bits of vegetables or meat is fine. Check your liva snaps to see whats in them. This is one thing you'll get use to doing -- reading every label to see what is in it!

Hope you have good news with this new dosage. Let us know how we can help.
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Welcome Bill and Otis
I lurked for a bit before I joined forum, wish I had jumped in sooner.
This a great place to be just wanted to Hi, that Otis sure is cute!
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Welcome to both of you.

Peggy already asked most of my questions, but I wanted to verify his brand of food. Is the OM the Purina OM Overweight Mmanagement kibble? Does he eat it well?

I'm a big believer in consistency, especially when trying to get him regulated. Like Peggy said, I would probably stick with the little bits of chicken for his snacks and not change it back and forth for a while. Once he's regulated, you can try changing back to a little egg to see if it affects his glucose levels differently than the chicken.

If you are adding a little kibble occasionally and not consistently, that could also affect his glucose levels. Bailey weighs 95 pounds, but is very sensitive to extra small bits of kibble which cause increases in his glucose levels.

You mentioned his allergy problems. Did you ever discover if he was allergic to anything specific and is he still having any problems, or are they under control? Bailey had a problem with any food that had grain fillers and I've had to change him to grain free food and add extra fiber and carbs using non grain additions to his food to level out his curves.

Hope we aren't overwhelming you by asking too many questions.

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Hi and welcome to the forum. Poor Otis, who is absolutely adorable, we've all been through this. My dog went blind very quickly at age 10 after being diagnosed and he was very frightened. he worked it out but wanted to be with me all the time. I had his cataracts removed and he did very well. Could see immediately.

What kind of food are you feeding him? You need to be careful with treats as they can add to the glucose issues. Make sure whatever treat you give has no sugar. Bits of vegetables or meat is fine. Check your liva snaps to see whats in them. This is one thing you'll get use to doing -- reading every label to see what is in it!

Hope you have good news with this new dosage. Let us know how we can help.
Otis is eating a mixture of canned Hill's WD & Nutro Natural Choice Senior. I'd say about a 2 to 1 ratio ... WD/NNCS.
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