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Old 06-10-2019, 07:39 PM
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Default Re: Diagnosed today - lots of confusion and questionable veterinary visit/info

We live in the desert and heat is part of the deal . Actually jesses blood sugar is better during the summer months

Hope she feels better soon
Jesse-26 lbs - 14 years old - 9 years diabetic - one meal a day homemade and a vitabone snack - 3 shots of Novolin a day sometimes Novolog or r as a correction to higher sugar but that is rare. total insulin for a 24 hour period is between 6 and 8 units of NPH insulin depending on her fasting number
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:55 AM
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With insulin, remember it doesn't work that fast, so having high sugar 20 minutes after insulin is not abnormal, especially if fasting sugar was high. Giving a second dose is going to alter the course of the total insulin and that won't give you a true picture of what the normal dose does.

A dog's fasting sugar will be different every day, so sugar levels after food and insulin will be different, at different times. One thing I and probably others have learned is not to try and correct sugar levels with extra insulin or different doses on any given day. The goal is to find the right dose and stick with it.

And you really need to do a full curve, somehow.

We have a chihuahua and I know how delicate and sensitive they can be. I think if she became diabetic, I'd probably pull out my Genteel lancing device, shave a spot on either side of her tail base, and use that on her haunches.
I know it costs money but the Genteel might be the answer for a sensitive dog.
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 06-14-2019, 11:29 AM
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Hi Laika's mom!
It seems like such an awful diagnosis when it first happens. You will see it can be very doable and not that expensive if you are able to take matters into your own hands. I get my Novilin N from Walmart and you no longer need a prescription.
I have not been on in a while and I found that this forum is great! go through the threads and read up!..and then realize that your pup is it's own being and things will be slightly different.
I bought an over the counter glucose meter. I take Gomey's blood from her ear. The vet should work with you to allow you to be more independent! I also take my meter with me to all vet appointments. My meter keeps track of readings!! I also like to compare my meter numbers to what the vet office gets...my human meter seems to read higher.
Gomey also had diabetic neuropathy in the beginning and that too was managed quickly. It took a while to get her back into wanting to go for walks and hunt...
I am a crazy dog mom (they rule my world and I love it!)and I loved to make Ruby's Stewbie for her. (look online for the recipe) But now she eats randomly. We are still even eating some store bought treats and brands. She needs to eat so I go by her wishes some times!
I make homemade dehydrated meats which she loves. (Walmart sells a dehydrator for like $20...best investment EVER! Loves Chicken, Venison, and liver) She gets a treat after the insulin and seems to wait to get her shot and is not bothered. I have had several dogs in my lifetime and I am not sure that all of them would have been as amicable about needles, Hopefully your pup makes a GREAT patient!
I am very good about giving her insulin 12 hours apart. you will see some of the people here will switch amounts etc since they are that AWARE of their dogs. Gomey gets her same amount at each time "12" hours apart.
Am I able to go out and have a life?...yes...figuring what that best 12 hour needle time frame is takes some thought! I am a morning person and the dogs love a morning walk. She takes her walk before her insulin. Currently we do shots at 6:20am and pm
As far as her eating right at her insulin times, it doesn't work for us anymore. Gomey gets a snack with her morning insulin and her evening meal time varies, I have to catch her when she is hungry!
I have not been checking Gomey's numbers as much as I use too. We still see a vet and have a senior blood screening that will tell me how her sugar numbers have been tracking. ($230 for the blood work)
We had cataracts to begin with and now she is almost blind.
Gomey is doing amazing, she can be incontinent but we opted against meds for that and have piddle pads around.
hopefully you will find this to be manageable ! Maybe ask your vet if any other patients have diabetes and if so if anyone is doing really well...maybe you could ask if your vet could share your info with that client and you could chat with them??
Good luck with this! Be patient and know that your pup is worth it and it will work out as just another part of your daily routine!
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:39 PM
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Hi and welcome to the world of k9 diabetes! I see you have gotten loads of good advice. Everybody has a different recipe for success that has worked for them. Diabetes is often treated the same by vets but as you can see, everybody has proved that each dog is individual. So, finding what works for your dog will take time so be patient(easy to say, hard to do). Any changes you make - diet, dosage adjustments, timing, etc. - do these one at a time and give them time to settle before making more changes. Otherwise, you wonít know what worked or didnít work.

One thing about testing. I never used a lancet device. I just took the lancet in hand. For me, it was easier. Also, if your dog has any skin tags or bumps, those can be great places to get blood. I never did the lip, Ear, or paw pad. You can try the base of the tail. The skin is tougher there. Donít let fear of hurting your dog stop you. This is something that will prolong their life and maybe save their life. They do tend to look sad when you test. Just have a really good treat for a reward. My dog would start scratching my leg if I was running late for her test.
Maggie - 15 1/2 y/o JRT diagnosed 9/2007, Angel status on 6/20/16. Her mantra was never give up but her body couldn't keep up with her spirit. Someday, baby.......
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