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Old 06-28-2011, 06:38 AM
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Hi Barb
I no longer post as often as I used to as I lost my little Buddy 3 months ago.

I did however wanted to comment on the Cranberry. With Buddy's numerous health problems, in addition to diabetes, I routinely tested his urine for UTI weekly. Here is the link to the Regent strips

http://www.biousa.com/urst10.html

If memory serves me right, it is the 5th or 6th square (blood) and it detects any minor possible UTI. Whenever it showed any trace of infection, I would take my strip to the vet and they would confirm with their own tests and I managed to avert serious UTI, not to mention that catching it early saved him from some pain.

I also tried the cranberry and what I noticed is that it elevavated the PH balance and made his pee more acidic. So I stopped it.

Good luck to you and little Abby

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Old 06-28-2011, 10:02 AM
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A good point Louise. A urinalysis will list the pH level.

Cranberry can lower pH creating a more acidic environment that makes it harder to grow bacteria, which is good for a dog like mine that runs too alkaline. But if Abby already runs more acidic you'd want to be careful so she doesn't develop stones.

Apple Cider vinegar actually has an alkaline ash and alters pH by making the body more alkaline. A body that is too alkaline can develop struvite crystals in the urine.
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Thanks for much for the link. Sorry for the delay in responding, but we have been on vacation. Abby did great, as we took her to the Mountains in NC. Alot of hiking, and relaxing (just what we all needed)

Abby's urine appears to be ok now. I have stopped the Cranberry, but I will purchase those strips to see how she is doing.
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Hi Barb
I no longer post as often as I used to as I lost my little Buddy 3 months ago.
I am sorry Louise that you lost your 'buddy' 3 months ago. I just can't imagine the loss.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:31 PM
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I just wanted to say that I'm glad you ALL had a great vacation! yay for Abby!
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:53 AM
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I thought I would give an update on Abby, and her blood levels. Somedays I only took one reading (typically around her low time), if I had difficulty getting blood, or if we were away most of the day. But I am posting these readings for the last several days, so I can get some feedback, and wondering if it seems like we are on the right road (I think we are).

During our week in the NC Mountains, she did some hiking, one day about 3 miles and she did wonderfully. Her readings were averaging in the 100-200's with some lows of 92 (my meter has about a 30 point difference), so this would actually mean she is at 122. So taking that into consideration:

Friday 7/8 4.5 units/4.25 units

6:18 Fed/Insulin
6:30 Walk
6:56 232
12:35 88
12:52 104
2:41 214
6:32 Fed/Insulin
6:34 369
9:39 176

Saturday 7/9 4/25 Units/4.5 Units

6:35 Fed/Insulin/Reading: 307
6:47 Walk
8:08 134
11:48 308
4:28 295
6:28 Fed/Insulin
6:29 283

Sunday 7/10 4.5 Units/4.5 Units
6:57 Fed/Insulin
no walk
9:46 80
11:15 108
3:37 271
5:45 Fed/Insulin (Fed earlier because of dinner engagement)
8:53 121

Monday 7/11 4.5 Units/4.5 Units
6:35 Fed/Insulin
6:59 Walk
7:40 145
1:10 94
4:21 212
6:41 Fed/Insulin
6:41 251
9:16 96

Tuesday 7/12
6:45 Fed/Insulin
7:00 186
7:01 Walk
8:55 98


I will keep on testing for another week, but just wondering does everyone test all the time. How do you know when they are regulated? Are these good swings? I think I read somewhere that the range should be from 100-250, and if so would this be considered normal.

She seems to be her old self again. No blood in the urine, and amazingly I have kept her on a raw diet, which I change her protien about every week, and I do give her carrots and sweetpotatoes (as snacks). I have read good things and bad things about both, but they don't seem to have an adverse affect. Perhaps there are not that many in her diet as I do mix it up with Green Beans, Brocolli, Squash, Kale. I have her on the following supplements: 1/2 Human vitamin (that has minerals as well), Sea Kelp, one egg a day, 1/2 calcium pill, Fish Oil (no mercury). I have gradually reduced her Milk Thistle (as she had high liver functions).

In the entire process she has lost about 9 lbs (which was needed), and everyone that sees her says what an improvement. I do keep in touch with the vet, but she believes I should only home test during her low periods, and appears to be more interested in treating her for Cushings that the diabetes. But she has not symptons of Cushings since her BG levels have been more in control. Not sure if I would know if the drug was working, if I have no symptons to gauge it on.

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Old 07-12-2011, 07:26 AM
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Hi Barb,

I'm delighted Abby is feeling so well! I'd keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't CONTINUE losing weight steadily.

What meter are you using?
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:37 AM
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I should add that I would probably need to chart those numbers, to track them well. Also, that the low numbers make me nervous, because you have so little (effectively none) wiggle-room in case some unexpected event pushes Abby's BG levels down further.

If I were currently charting - not my greatest skill at all, I WOULD chart those figures. One of the things I'd have difficulty with is how to set up the chart, to accommodate the slight changes in times for feeding and insulin. But I'm interested, and if I get some play-time, I might work on it!

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those are good numbers and getting better maybe one area to work on is that early drop after food and insulin if you flatten that out and reduce the drop within those first few hours you may have incredible numbers

you might want to try the walk before food and insulin start slow and see if you get a rise or a drop its nice to remove the excess sugar but all at once always was a problem for my jesse she has her best numbers if drops are under a 100 any more than that she will usually see a rise back up

i like the raw diet also there is some fat with it but her body seems to have no problem when its raw i guess when its cooked it changes the chemical composition of it and makes it less agreeable for her you could add something carby to the meal but it would have to be readily digestible and on a full belly it might not get going fast enough you could try some white rice or something like that small amounts to see if the drop is less

another option is delaying the shot a bit maybe a half hour after food what our goal was to get lower fasting numbers before food and insulin and less of a drop at the onset of insulin(when it starts working) one goes hand and hand with each other

you got some really good information from testing what we do is look at one problem area and work on it with one thing and take it slow some times solving that one thing improves every thing else

testing before insulin is important if those fasting numbers are lower you may have to adjust the dose if you are still getting those early drops and testing at the low points of the day is a good idea we test before and after exercise also because jesse can be a bit unpredictable as far as dropping during her walks well just some things to think about you are doing great and working well with your vet
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:56 AM
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Default Re: Abby Diagnosed about 4 weeks ago

Barb I thought I replied to you yesterday but poof.

I hope you get Abby's lows figured out.

Why have you backed off the milk thistle?

Looks like you are totally on the right track!

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