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Old 12-06-2019, 01:25 PM
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Default Please help me regulate her sugar??

Does anyone maybe have tips for getting them at a reduced cost? It's crazy paying $50 for 50 strips when you do those curves. That's a buck a piece, and they go so quickly! My maltese is a newly diagnosed diabetic, about 4 months, and we're still frequently adjusting and checking her sugars. I usually buy them on amazon, wasn't able to find anything cheaper.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:45 PM
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Default Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!

Hi all. My 8yo maltese has been diagnosed with diabetes in July. I know that many dogs go blind within the first year, so I'm pretty sad about that happening, I keep feeling like i'm seeing something change in her eyes. Did your diabetic dog go blind? If so how long did it take?
If not, are you doing anything to help with it, other than trying to control the sugars? Do you give any sort of supplements/eye drops? Ive been giving daisy the Ocu-glo supplements, but they're pricey! And i'm not sure how much they're really doing.
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Old 12-08-2019, 07:44 AM
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Hi and welcome

Not all dogs go blind my jesse has kept her sight in over 9.5 years being diabetic . We have gone very different directions than most and one of them was a homemade diet (non processed ) Infused with veggies . Now i cant say our methods help or make a difference . Her blood sugar has had its ups and downs and was very high in the beginning . I always wondered if there was a diet component to loss of sight ? Its very hard to draw any conclusion with jesse . All I know is she has lived many more years with diabetes than not .

Must remember dogs sight is not that great to begin with . The other senses are more pronounced. So if a dog looses sight for the most its not a big deal but the caretaker should help with the transition and they can live happy dogs lives
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Jesse-26 lbs - 15.5 years old - 10 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 8 and 10 units of NPH insulin depending on her fasting number
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:22 AM
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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dog-s...ideo_n_6608118

My dog Max was diagnosed over a year and a half ago and still has his eye sight. This video was posted by someone on here and was very interesting.
It made me understand my dog a lot more....check it out
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Max is a 17lb terrier mix. Born 1/2014.
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6 units Novolin N twice a day.
Nature's Recipe Grain Free
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:17 PM
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Default Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!

yea I know what they're smell is pretty incredible, but I think their eyes are still really important to them. It would be so sad to see her bump into things and be lost, that would be heartbreaking!
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Old 12-09-2019, 05:37 AM
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Default Re: Diabetes and Blindness! Did your dog go blind?!

My maltipoo was diagnosed Feb. 2017, and so far so good. Has a small cataract in one eye that is stable.

I add foods that are high in betacarotene and other good eye nutrients. Sweet potato, wild blueberries, green beans, pumpkin.

I only add about a tablespoon of 2 of those at each meal. Breakfast he gets sweet potato or pumpkin, and a tblsp. of his pinto beans/oatmeal (for extra fibre.) Supper he gets blueberries and beans/oatmeal.
He's regulated accounting for that in his diet.
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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 01-31-2020, 03:31 AM
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My dog Romeo cataracts got worse about 9 months after dx. I was not surprised because he already had small cataracts at dx. His eyes have always been a weak spot for him. I put him on Ocuglo (yes it is expensive), I do think it helps with inflammation. I am trying to decide on surgery right now. Doc explained his sight is like he is looking thru frosted glass. He sees me coming, looks toward me. He does not however see where the treat is when I hold one out. He bumps into things occasionally, at first into walls, but he quickly figured that out and doesn’t walk into anything unless we move things while we clean. Snow is a problem outdoors, I think because it removes his scents, so have to be careful to leash him in fresh snow. He manages to find his toys on the rug to play. He adapted very quickly and he seems playful and happy.
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Romeo, toy poodle dx diabetic Feb 2019. Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato Bison, Whole Life freeze dried turkey snacks. Vetsulin 2.5 units every 12 hrs. Ocu-Glo supplement. Dry eyes: Tacrolimus 1.0 (max dose available) 3x day and Diclofenac drops 2x day, along with Genteel gel lubricant at least 3-4 x/day.
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:12 PM
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That's great to hear! How are you feeding Jesse vegetables though with diabetes, doesn't it make the sugars harder to control?
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Old 12-13-2019, 02:57 AM
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Can I ask what is in your homemade meal?
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:21 AM
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Jesse gets boneless chicken( cooked in a pressure cooker ) ,Mackerel ,hard boiled eggs ,pinto beans( cooked in a pressure cooker ),yams,Vegetables grind down in a food processor ( kale ,red char broccoli ,collard greens ,kale, beets ,carrots ,tomatoes ,cauliflower, Italian squash . I dont use all these at one time but mix and match ) . I add grind up to a powder egg shells for calcium . I also give her milk thistle to help with liver support .

I was told from the original vet when jesse became diabetic that she could live another 3 years at best and go blind . I decided I would put effort into making her life better with the disease and we were rewarded with that effort as she has kept her site and has lived almost 10 years with disease . She has a normal beagle life chasing rabbits with some limitations . She has never had a hypoglycemic event ( close but we caught it by testing her sugar )

Jesse is now over 15 and still doing well . Her seizures from epilepsy ( had since a puppy ) disappeared 4 years ago never was on medication

Most think its hard and inconvenient and some vets go along with that and thats fine but outcomes will be reduced. Its just common sense . To me It doesnt seem like work . Its just part of a daily routine and no big deal .
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Jesse-26 lbs - 15.5 years old - 10 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 8 and 10 units of NPH insulin depending on her fasting number
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