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Old 05-30-2012, 12:37 PM
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..thanks for the replies, not sure i understand the difference between the syringes though, getting a bit nervous about it all really.
Have been searching and still cant find anywhere to say if it is safe to inject the insulin 12hrs after the caninsulin (will this still be in his syst em) and react badly??

With Monty's glaucoma i am a bit peeved. Monty lost his site for one day, his site came back, but i took him to the vet and they said, no its not glaucoma. I emailed the eye vet and he said no not glaucoma. Monty lost his site again, so I took him to the eye vet and he then said that yes he had had a bout of bad glaucoma and sight had gone for good.
Then a couple of weeks ago, i noticed his eye was bright red. I got the vet up to check and he said nothing to worry about just bleeding in the eye. I emailed the eye vet he said nothing to worry about. So I kept my appt with the eye vet for four weeks later, then found out the high pressures and that monty was in pain. Sometimes not know whether to trust these people.

Anyhoo, think i gonna try the new insulin tonight when we home. Will keep you posted.

thanks again for the help
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:16 PM
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Yes, you can start the Protaphane 12 hours after the Caninsulin. Backing off the dose slightly will give you a bit of a safety net if there's any overlap in insulin.

Protaphane insulin uses U100 syringes.
Caninsulin uses U40 syringes.

This is due to the difference in concentration of the insulins. The syringes are made so that the number of units is correct based on the type of insulin you are using. Be sure to use the correct syringes when dosing.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:54 AM
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Thanks Patty, started Monty on the new insulin (Protaphane) on Thurs night (diabetes nurse gave me a pen and some needles)

His blood sugars have been really high, i think this may be because he is in pain, not because of the new insulin, but am not sure, the last time his blood sugars did not move was when he had the glaucoma episode. We have decided to get his eye taken out (the other option was to put him to sleep), but after everything we have been through want to give it a go (the vet said he will be a new dog with his eye out). Its a hard decision tho, thinking about what can happen next??

The highest was about 23 (414), lowest being 15 (270).

Will keep you posted.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:04 PM
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Thanks Patty, started Monty on the new insulin (Protaphane) on Thurs night (diabetes nurse gave me a pen and some needles)

His blood sugars have been really high, i think this may be because he is in pain, not because of the new insulin, but am not sure, the last time his blood sugars did not move was when he had the glaucoma episode. We have decided to get his eye taken out (the other option was to put him to sleep), but after everything we have been through want to give it a go (the vet said he will be a new dog with his eye out). Its a hard decision tho, thinking about what can happen next??

The highest was about 23 (414), lowest being 15 (270).

Will keep you posted.
Simone and Monty
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:03 PM
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When's Monty's surgery scheduled for?
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:05 PM
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..i have not booked him in yet, more decisions to make....the eye vet is away until next week (an hours drive away), i will contact them today to see the soonest they can do it. My local vet could do it but think i would rather the specialist do it considering monty's eye problems.

the other issue is whether to get a prosthetic but i am not sue which way to go. Do i actually have to take the prosthetic out and clean it???

Decisions, decisions.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:11 PM
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You might take a look through Kevin's thread on Kobi. While he's not diabetic, he wrestled with some of the same decisions. http://www.k9diabetes.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2122
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Hi,

We have just been through an eye removal with Janey our latest addition to the family. Janey is a 11yo Irish Water Spaniel/Lab X and had a tumor in her eye. I went through all the same thoughts as you and we decided not to have a prosthetic eye because it would only be for us not her and I believe it takes longer to heal as well as there can be more complications.

The specialist said he could take it out but recommended the local vet because he said it is a very routine op so we went with the local vet. It looked sore and swollen when she came home and wasn't real pretty for the next week and she hated the cone she had to wear. After the first week it looked great and I now don't even notice the missing eye. She is so much happier without the pain and I am so glad we did it.

I'll pop a couple of pics in the album so you can have a look.

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:26 PM
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...thanks for the posts, the pic of jenny has made me maybe think about not getting the glass eyeball as she is black and so is monty and it does not look too bad.

I read right through Kobi's post, what a lucky dog to have such an awesome owner.

Monty is booked in for thurs to have eye removed, will discuss with specialist about the glass eye, still undecided. The eye looks like it has a red stripe through it (not the whites, they are just a bit red), think it hyphema after looking on internet. Will check the pressures again before op and make sure there is absolutely nothing else we can do, i.e. different drops etc. He has Hysite three times a day, cosopt twice a day, predforte three times a day. (i increased some of these myself just because of the eye in the hope it will get better), but no joy.

On the blood sugar side of things, we up his dose to 20 units protaphane am and pm, and the readings have been good, the lowest being 3.1 (55.8) and the highest about 17. He seems a lot happier too.

Will keep you posted.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:17 PM
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Aw Simone...you've made a tough choice but I think the right one. It's so hard to see them in pain and this will be a tough surgery from what I understand but in the end, I think Monty will be much happier and certainly healthier! Keep us posted as to what is going on and know we're all pulling for you and Monty! Hugs!!!!
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