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Old 10-24-2019, 07:33 PM
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Default Re: Help! Sugars will not go down (newly diagnosed)

It does appear your dog is running high but I would warn you if you dont do complete curves to determine dose adjustments that can be problematic

My jesse in the beginning could test 500 before shot and food ( fasting ) and in 3 hours drop to a 100 and back up to 500 a couple hours later. We determined that she was getting to much insulin causing the wide fluctuations . Now if we did not test when she was at 100 and only tested when she was 500 we would have continued to raise the dose and for a dog that was already getting to much insulin this could have been catastrophic . Thats why complete curves have a better chance catching fluctuations than just random tests

The regulation period is the most important depending on how you handle it may determine how long it will take
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Old 10-25-2019, 08:01 AM
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Alpha Traks are preset in how they measure, did you buy it from the U.S.?

Jessegirl is right, complete curves will give you an idea of the sugar pattern over 12 hours. Trying to guess when peak insulin time is is a crap shoot, it is different in every dog.
Testing at fasting also, just before each meal, will also help you see what progress you may be making, and it's good to compare that to nadir readings.
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Riley, 8 yr. old maltipoo, 25 lbs., diagnosed Feb 2017, taking thyroid meds, had pancreatitis and DKA mid March, eating Wellness Senior formula can food. NPH dosage now at 9.0 units Humulin N. Adding either pumpkin, spinach, blueberries, yams, or green beans to his food. Also omega-3 oil.
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Old 10-25-2019, 10:36 AM
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one thing you might look into is the Acana feeding chart for the senior food. it goes by weight.

theres alot more meat in this dog food.

its possible theres too much food raising the blood sugar

for an active dog at 47kg its 5 cups divided by 2 twice a day
less active is 3 1/4 cups divided by 2

i would try testing at fasting
feed 2 1/2 cups and inject insulin
test 1/2 hour after to see where the food is at. then 1 1/2 hours after to see if the insulin has met up with the food.
post your results for us to see.

its important for regulation to feed the recommended mfg.s amount.

your doing great
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:38 PM
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So it looks like his sugars are coming down.

The main/part of the issue may have been the area we were testing.

The vet said to change the testing site from the elbow callus might be a good idea. So we starting using the ear.

Today we did a check and his sugars were at about 12 from the ear. His elbow showed about 39.

Is this a normal thing? Is the elbow known to give high/false readings?

Any help would be great. Thank you.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:33 AM
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that is odd . Never heard of that . You would think blood is blood . Maybe you are getting some other kind of fluid besides blood in that location .

Its interesting in that if its a problem for you it could be for others and quite dangerous raising the dose to what you thought was higher sugar

To think is it wasn't even close from what you posted
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:19 AM
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Did you get a Canadian Alpha Trak? Originally you had a U.S. reading unit.

I know with mine, even tho it says it only needs a speck of blood, sometimes my blood drop is so small, it takes a few seconds and it may or may not activate. If it does finally beep and give a reading, I don't trust it, so I test again with a bigger blood drop, and sometimes it's a completely different reading.

Get a good blood drop and you should be OK.
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