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Old 01-17-2019, 07:31 PM
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With jesses procedure for her infected sak the vet suggested to just use gas to put her out . It was a tad more expensive but it doesnt have the affect of typical anesthesia would have and said it would be much safer way to do it and i agreed . The procedure went well and she woke up not so groggy and was able to eat he meal and get insulin an hour after . I was surprised that she had an appetite

As far as insulin i actually did not know we were going to do the procedure that afternoon as i thought he was going to have a look see . He said we can do it now and i agreed . Check blood sugar and it was at a time when active insulin was fading for jesse so i wasn't to worried of going to low

Many caretakers with there dogs getting anesthesia for a procedure do reduce insulin . Some dont give it at all especially if not fed

For jesse i only give her one meal a day and i have been giving her a reduced dose of insulin without food for a long time so i dont have a problem with that

So is very possible one meal and dose can be affected with a 2 meal system so you have to account for that . Remember having sugar higher during and after the procedure is ok
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:48 AM
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Thanks for your post. I will ask the vet about gas. I was told not to feed her the morning of the procedure and to give her half her dose of insulin.
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:11 AM
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Thanks for your post. I will ask the vet about gas. I was told not to feed her the morning of the procedure and to give her half her dose of insulin.
sounds reasonable

hope everything goes well
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:31 AM
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hope things go well! my dog had a dental done when she was diabetic. the vet was nervous and very very careful and it went fine!
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:42 AM
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Izzy was supposed to have a simple suture of a wound that would not heal - to be performed by her regular vet, whom I trust. However she is almost 11 and diabetic and I had second thoughts especially since there are two animal hospitals within an hours drive. The bottom line is that the surgery has been postponed until mid February at Mass Vet Referrl Hospital where they have every kind of specialist on staff. Better to be safe than sorry. In the pre op blood work, her kidney levels were elevated so now her diet needs to be adjusted to accomodate her diabetes aa well as her kidneys. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it. Never a dull moment with a diabetic dog!
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:55 PM
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Yes its nice to have all the technology and experience at your disposal for izzy

Not sure about the diet change as i have no experience with kidney function maybe you could just add some supplements to the existing diet . A change in diet can be good if your having difficulties with the existing . I have altered jesses homemade diet over the years for particular reasons

Remember changing diet can alter regulation and the amount of insulin needed

hope things go well with the procedure
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:22 AM
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Kidney levels could just be a mild infection. My dog has had them. How were the white blood cells? If elevated, that shows they may be fighting an infection.
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Old 01-28-2019, 06:09 AM
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We are hoping that the elevated kidney enzymes are the result of an infection, Good point on checking the white blood cells. She has been on and off (now on) antibiotics since the wound appeared in October. During surgery the vet will dig out any remaining infected tissue, take a biopsy to check for cancer and suture it. I feel better taking her to a specialty verterinary hospital chock full of animal medical specialists. I am fortunate to live in the vicinity and to have pet health insurance for her. In the mean time, she is feeling fine but not too pleased with me cleaning her wound twice a day. Thank you for your reply and as a result, your support.
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:21 AM
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Izzy has a host of health issues. A quick recap - a facial wound just below her eye appeared 4 months ago and the vet treated it with antibiotics with 3 times a day cleanings at home. She was avoiding surgery but when it appeared that the would was getting better but not healing, she decided to stitch it and do a biopsy. The pre surgery blood work showed kidney problems so I decided to get a referral to a specialty hospital since hwe were now dealign with diabetes and kidney problems. The surgical consult resulted in a diagnosis of a tooth infection at the root with a referral to a specialty dentist. At this visit, I inquired if the veterinary hospital had a nutritionist on staff since we were now dealing with diabetes and kidney issues. The veterinary nutritionist recommended an ultrasound to check on her kidneys and her other abdominal organs. This showed sludge in her gallbladder and a mass on her liver, A complete body CT scan confirmed the abcess in ther tooth and a mass that is confined to the liver and operable. In the mean time, the nutritionist formulated a personalized diet for Izzy's diabetes, liver, kidney and gallbladder issues for me to cook. I spent the morning cooking and weighing cooked sweet potatoes, collard greens and white meat chicke mixed with Fiber One cereal and a bit of walnut oil. So Izzy has a week's worth of meals - 3 times a day despite her diabetes (for her gallbladder). I also baked some treats from the mixture. The prognosis is good since it appears that we caught these problems early. And this all started with a simple blip on her face!
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:35 PM
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Good catch hope all goes well . I have been home cooking for jesse for 8 years and she just enjoys dinner time . It will be interesting to see how blood sugar does with the new diet
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