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Old 01-06-2019, 06:31 AM
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With exercise blood sugar can drop and it can be substantial . What i did with jesse is i figured what time insulin was the weakest. i tested her blood sugar before we left and after we came back . I noticed she dropped quite a bit on the walk even with insulin being at the weakest time which is before her next shot .

I would give her a small milk bone drizzled in honey before we left and that helped keep her sugar stable during the walk . Over time her body adapted to the daily routine and did not need the snack anymore .

If you are testing sugar at home i would test before and after the hike . If its a long one over an hour or very strenuous i might test on the trail a couple times and bringing a meter cant hurt

Bring some highly digestible carby snacks on the hike like a milk bones . Bring some liquid sugar like honey . I bring honey packets that i get from restaurants You dont want to be far from home without something to boost sugar if it goes low . Understand the symptoms of low sugar and how to treat

Dogs can do all the things they did before diabetes. You just have to take some precautions and there can be some limitations
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:52 AM
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Jessegirl,


Thank you so much!! It’s going to be a long hike and I’m meeting my friends this afternoon. I might not bring her on this one and maybe start small. The place is over an hour from our house and we will probably hike 10-15 miles. Then the hour drive home.

I do test at home and I was thinking about bringing a milk bone but never thought of the honey. I’m going to start getting honey packets at restaurants now. That’s a great idea.

I figured once I got myself back into hiking she could still come along.
What do you think about once in a blue moon hike? Like today the weather is going to be nice but starting middle of the week it will be freezing again. Should I take her or wait until I know the weather is better and I will be going more often. Example: spring time
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:41 AM
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Well it is hard to say how your dog will react . Your dog has been diabetic for awhile and probably has adapted to the new reality of injected insulin . There has been other members who have had big hikes with there dogs and did well .

That is a long walk for the first go around . 5 miles maybe better to start .

If you decide to do this i would bring plenty of milk bones . The carby kind and not low glycemic Jesse milk bone actually has molasses baked in it . I might get a plastic squirt jar of honey. a small one should be fine so you can easily get some sugar in roxy if she needs it . If roxy seems stressed take a break . I would test blood sugar on the trail and give a snack and or some honey if needed or precautionary

Yes it may slow down the pace but the important part is to keep roxy safe . As you eluded to if something does happen you have a large dog that you would have to try to carry out .

The thing is you dont have any idea how Roxy will react and you cant compare to others on the forum because every dog reacts in there own unique way . You can be prepared and over doing it is a safe way to approach this situation
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:55 AM
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I think you are on the right track start on small trips with her so you can see just how much of an impact the extra exercise and excitement has.

Snickers exercises every day but some days much more than others. I will even cut back on her insulin if I know she has a busy day ahead of her. She can drop so much and she does not display symptoms of low blood sugar. I just test her frequently and carry lots of treats if she is in an active situation.

She is prone to vomiting too so I always keep enough snacks to tide us over until we get home in case she has a problem when out.

This summer she while we were at the lake her insulin needs dropped by 25%. I don't know if it was just the exercise or the warmer weather just being awake more but she was dropping as low as 49 before I made the adjustment. Maybe it's just her but I would test very frequently just to be on the safe side.

I do not worry about running my dog on the high side because she recovers from that very quickly.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:34 AM
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Until you know how her sugar reacts to exercise, start small. Short walks/hikes are good for testing, and to ensure she'll eat carb treats during the walk. You wouldn't want to go for a big walk and realize she won't eat the treats.

Diabetes is all about testing when any routines change. Little by little is best. A long hike is too risky in my opinion until you know more about how she reacts to exercise.

Biscuits and dehydrated sweet potato are good sources of carbs.
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Hey guys it’s me again . Another quick question. Do you guys give your dogs probiotics? If so what brand?
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Old 06-28-2019, 10:46 AM
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Hey guys. Roxy and I are doin great!!! Until right now. I logged onto my iPad and saw an article about dog food. Apparently this list just came out. Of course both of my dogs are eating one of the foods on the list... help. I just don’t know what to feed them anymore. Any advice on the dog food I can feed my diabetic and non diabetic dog? Both are large dogs. Roxy is a boxer, my non diabetic dogs name is Hershey who is a pit bull
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Old 06-28-2019, 10:49 AM
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whats the problem with the dog food ?
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whats the problem with the dog food ?


https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-...ease/962297763


They are saying it is linked to heart diseases
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Old 06-28-2019, 11:24 AM
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It just seems difficult to me to correlate those ingredients to heart disease . Now maybe all processed dog food can have a negative affect on a dogs health . Processed foods for humans are usually not tied to a healthy diet .

So you could switch to something else and run into the same problem . If you have good regulation I think its hard to change because regulation can be challenging

I have been giving jesse a homemade diet after she became diabetic and it was a learning process in what works for her . She never had the most consistent blood sugar and that could be tied to her diet but I felt a natural diet would be better in the long haul and sacrifice better sugar
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