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Old 12-04-2010, 12:14 PM
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What a wonderful place for support and information:
Eddie- 10 yr old Rat terrier - 15 lbs (perfect weight) Diagnosed 9/25/10 started on 2 units we are now up to 6 units still trying to get him regulated we are getting close I think.
Diet WD Kibble and can he prefers the can.
Ed was diagnosed in March of this year with Pancreatitis, not sure why he wasn't tested at the time for diabetes. He was one sick little fellow - I was worried sick about him
Water intake and output increased and this was how he was diagnosed. I transfered Ed's care (1 month into this diagnosis) after some reccomendations- he had and has a great Vet who is diabetes savvy- we are fortunate that she is close by with Early am - late pm and Sat/Sun hours

I have learned to home test, each time is a little easier. I will attemp a curve tommorrow and hope to be successful.Now that I know he isn't dying right this minute I can breathe again


I will post a pic of Ed once I figure out how
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:59 PM
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Welcome to you and Eddie.

I'm glad you have a knowledgeable vet because that is a great start and home testing will be so helpful. What do you feed and which insulin?

Love to see some of the BG numbers and the curve when you get it done.

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Old 12-04-2010, 01:04 PM
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Hi jj and Eddie,

I'm so glad you found us here, as I believe this forum is far superior to any other on canine diabetes - that's because of the wisdom, knowledge, and completely responsible posting, of site-owner Natalie, and moderators Patty and Peggy. (And it seems the rest of us forum members try to follow suit; haha! - or, if we don't have answers, we ask questions!)

Also, it's particularly excellent because of the organization - one dog, one thread, so we can track each dog!

Sounds as though you're well under way. It's still very early in Ed's career as a diabetic dog, and you might find - are likely to find - that his insulin dose needs adjusting from time to time.

I"m SO glad you can test Eddie's BG levels at home, because if his numbers start dropping too low, you can give him Karo or other syrup, then a snack, and - undoubtedly, adjust his insulin dose accordingly.

Diabetic dogs ARE very individual in the amount of insulin they require. My Kumbi, Australian Terrier, was getting around 7 units twice daily

Looking forward to seeing Ed'a pI'll be watching and cheering you on

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Old 12-04-2010, 01:57 PM
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Thanks for the welcome -
I was immediately over whelmed with the diagnosis 9but gald to have one now at least I know what we are dealing with.
I have learned alot in the past few months and still learning-
I have lots of questions still and many fears- hypo being one of em- hyper the other. I have slep many nights with one hand on him and the other on the phone.
I have stuggled to understand a curve, but have a better understanding, just by being a lurker on this site :-) and then thought to just join ya'll

I am happy to start each day with a wagging tail instead of one that is tucked (usually an indicator of sorts) he is doing great especially over the past few days! - His weight is stable now-at first he did lose 2 pounds

Ed is very intuned as Rat terriers are I belong to him and he is very specific about that. My first dog in over 20yrs - work kept me too busy to committ.
I have had him since he was 10 weeks old- crate trained and housebroken at 12 weeks,
Ed'd diet is W/D - prior to dx he was on id
Insulin is Humulin N
Ed has a wonderul pet sitter that comes when needed for visits

My vet is phenomenal -
All staff is instructed that when a parent of a diabetic dog calls they are to stop and get a tech to take that call over all others- sorta like a diabetes hotline! Doors open at 700am - usualy the time when shots are being given I have called a few times in the am! and they close at 6pm.
The pic posted is couple of years old but still ED, he is just a little graier around the eyes- I will change em up he does love a camera.
Thank Ya'll again
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:37 PM
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JJ and Ed,
Welcome and sounds like you have a good start with Ed. I see you are using Humulin, and just want to be sure you know about the great price of Humulin insulins at Walmart ($24.99).

Annie and I will be reading your thread here on the forum.
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Welcome to you and Ed!

What a wonderful thing to hear you have a great vet! Sounds like you're on a good road toward regulating Ed. Glad you decided to join.

Look forward to hearing more as time goes on.
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Welcome JJ and Ed.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:01 AM
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Hi JJ - I'm a fellow lurker as well! I learned a lot that way. But I'm glad you joined and welcome to you and Ed. Ed may have diabetes, but I've read that Rat Terriers are by in large a very healthy breed so perhaps this ride will be a piece of cake for you and Ed.
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What a great price almost 50% less than Walgreens. I bought an extra bottle just in case I dropped the open one. I wish I had known about Walmart. Thanks again
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Welcome to you and Ed.

Having a phenominal vet is fabulous news and everyone's dream. Lucky you

Good luck
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