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Old 11-16-2017, 03:37 PM
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Ok,

So the update is...

He went to the vets on Monday because of his blip last week, his blood sugar went up and so did the keytones in his urine but we figured out that it was because of the lack of carbs and once we put them back in, his blood sugar went down and his urine went back to normal. But the vet wanted to check him out anyway and we wanted him weighed so it was a win win.

He hasn't lost that much more weight. He is at 7.9 down from 8.2 so she thinks he is stabilising and anywhere around the 8 mark is good for him so that is good. She took a blood test just to check his liver and see if he had the right glucose.

The tests came back Tuesday. His chloesterole has dropped significantly, it was 18 and its now at 8, it needs to be 6 but for 5 weeks she was very impressed with that. His liver is good and bad. One of the enzymes has gone down a bit but the other two have risen a little bit so it is showing some signs of recovery but not as quickly as she would like so she has given him a booster shot to boost the liver and give the kidneys a kick as well but we are taking the positives from this... it has only been 5 weeks so it may take the liver a bit longer to stabilise because we don't know how long he has had it so its a little hard to tell how long it will take for the liver to relax.

My question is, with the liver, how long does it take to see some signs of recovery in the liver? Is this something we are going to have to deal with for the rest of his life as well? I just need some advice about this because we are fighting so hard to stabilise him and when the tests results came back like that, we are just concerned that they weren't as good as we hoped. We are very willing to do these booster shots, every 6 weeks for the rest of his life if it helps but is there any advice on this we would greatly receive it. We are happy with 50/50 on the liver just as long as he is healthy.

He has to go back in 3-4 weeks so that she can see what it is doing and adjust the dose if needed.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:03 AM
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My vet gave him a dog supplement with milk thistle in it.
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Old 11-23-2017, 01:47 PM
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My vet gave him a dog supplement with milk thistle in it.
We are going to suggest it once we get the results back from the jab he had in about 3 weeks...

Quick question, rice, do I cook it or does it have to be raw? Because I have been cooking it but I have seen that some people said it has to be raw so I just want to check which one it should be?
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Old 11-24-2017, 07:54 AM
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I've never heard of eating raw rice. Pretty sure it should be cooked to be digestible.
I give my dog organic brown rice, because of it's fiber.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:33 AM
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You might want to try old fashion (Quaker) oats, if available where you live. Scooter started on this many years ago for his IBD. I mix a full tablespoon, right out of the container, in each meal. Looks just like cookie dough when I'm done. Same consistency.

It's fantastic for digestion plus high in fiber. It's also low glycemic so easy on his BC levels.

He loves it and cleans the bowl. Cannot be any easier on me, what with no cooking and no waste.

Just a thought.
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Old 11-25-2017, 12:34 PM
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We are going to suggest it once we get the results back from the jab he had in about 3 weeks...

Quick question, rice, do I cook it or does it have to be raw? Because I have been cooking it but I have seen that some people said it has to be raw so I just want to check which one it should be?
Raw rice: I wonder if someone is calling brown rice, which is unprocessed and still has its husk, raw? Brown rice is thought to be more healthy than white rice because it is higher fiber. Need to cook either type.

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Old 12-14-2017, 08:22 AM
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Hello!!

Sorry i haven't updated recently... we had a medical emergency with my 95 year old grandmother and i couldn't get internet signal but everything is fine now, thank god!

Griffin is doing well... the booster shot he had for his liver has done wonders and he is really back to his old self, he's barking more, running around, loving life! The only couple of things he doesn't like is the fact that he can't have our food anymore, which he thinks is very unfair, and some days he is better with the injection and pills then others... he doesn't like the injection in the morning that much so i get grumbled at when i do it, nighttime he is better but he is a devil for not swallowing his liver pills so it can be a battle of the wills at times but he's a bichon, its to be expected, lol!!

We have had a couple of spikes but that was because we didn't realise that wholewheat changes when is ground or something like that but we have sorted that out and he has levelled out which is the main thing...

He has had some sneezing fits and i was convinced for a while that he had a cold, i swear to god that since this has happened i have almost become paranoid, is that normal? But he is fine and it doesn't seem to have affected him at all so it could just be allergies... but he does feel the cold more now but i think that is because he is thinner than he was but it does mean that i can dress him up in xmas jumpers!! lol!

Anyway, he had a blood test today to check his liver levels and we have had some good news, his blood sugar was a little low so we are reducing the insulin to 5 in the morning and 5 at night instead of 6 in the morning and 5 at night so we and the vets are very happy with that!! He's not stable enough to extend the walks yet or to give him special homemade treats but he is doing well and he's happy so we are taking this as a win

I'll let you know when we get the results!
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:08 AM
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very nice update

yep paranoid can be the norm when you are so involved in there health

glad things are going well and hope they continue
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Old 01-07-2018, 02:32 PM
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Hello,

Sorry I haven’t updated but I have been sick over the holidays, it was lovely, but I hope everyone had a good festive period and a happy new year!

Griffin’s result came back and they were good... his cholesterol was down and nearly back to normal, his pancreas is nearly back to normal and one of the liver results had gone down again but the other two had gone up by a couple of points... but the vet was happy with the results, she thinks the liver may take longer to stabilise than she hoped but she is not concerned because his liver points are at 400 and she has seen them at over 2000 so she is happy... and we are relieved, lol!

He has adapted to the new dose well... he has had his moments when he has looked for food or looked at us hopefully but he is getting better at it... he has been very good recently but there are days when he falls back into old habits and it does stress me out because we are working so hard to get things level and he tries to get into things he shouldn’t and you just think, I am trying to save your life here stop trying to screw it up! But he is doing ok...

My question is, he is due for his injections this month, do they affect the diabetes? I just want to check before we book him in for them...
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one of the liver results had gone down again but the other two had gone up by a couple of points... but the vet was happy with the results, she thinks the liver may take longer to stabilise than she hoped but she is not concerned because his liver points are at 400 and she has seen them at over 2000 so she is happy... and we are relieved, lol!
What is his liver issue, and what is the treatment plan? I have a friend with a non diabetic Westie who is throwing off similar #'s. Thanks.
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