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Old 04-11-2011, 06:31 PM
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I completely agree with Sandy and Tiggy - best inject AFTER Hattie eats, and I like waiting between 15 and 30 minutes before injecting, just to make sure Hattie doesn't vomit her meal.

Also, it's recommended not to inject in the scruff, as insulin tends to be poorly absorbed from that location. There are some diagrams and pictures that show where best to inject insulin in a dog. I can point only to one, but there are others as well; you would have a lot of flexibility about where on the body to inject.

The one I can point to right away is here:

http://www.coherentdog.org/vek/backscruffinj.php

You could extend the "saddle blankets" in that picture most of the way down the dogs' bodies, and come out with good places to inject.

Others might point you to another picture that shows some of the other places.

I'm SO bad with numbers, I can't really judge that recommendation for dose - just wanted to mention that maybe it's a bit high - maybe not!

I'll let Natalie, Patty or Peggy comment on that.

Is this Humulin-N again, that Hattie is on? I hope so! It's a very good insulin!

I'm really thrilled that Hattie's blood work turned out so well!

During the coming week, before Hattie's next curve, you might work on learning to do the blood glucose (BG) tests yourself, at home. If you're lucky, you might actually learn to do that during the week. Then you could do the curve yourself (we can help you with that), and take the numbers in to the vet when you take Hattie a week from today.

I am SO GLAD you got her to this much more capable vet!

If you can't learn in a week (it takes some people longer to learn - don't let that worry you, if it does take longer), you can have the vet do the curve, and keep working on learning.

If you can get Hattie's curve numbers from the vet, and post them, that will be good!

Please do keep us posted.

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:30:53 (PDT)
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:57 PM
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Or....if you want a laugh, take a look at my thread on "Making injections Fun" I too used to inject in the scruff until I found my new diabetic family...just one more thing I learned on here!!

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Old 04-11-2011, 07:00 PM
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I agree with the others shot before food is not a good idea I know some do it and they are season veterans and know there dog well .

the problem especially at the beginning is will your dog eat the whole meal half or nothing and you have given a full dose of insulin and you cant take it back
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:35 PM
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Well .. I think Hattie has a good Vet.. My birthday was today so maybe that will prove to be my birthday present....I will post the curve,, I was so overwhelmed today I forgot to get a copy.. Go back next Monday.. Thanks for all your help!.. I will feed her first and then the shot.. and will check out the other injection sites....
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:37 PM
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Actually it wasn't the scruff..I just saw the diagram.. more like by the shoulder blades!
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:03 AM
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Actually it wasn't the scruff..I just saw the diagram.. more like by the shoulder blades!
Oh, that should be just fine! It's good to change the location a little bit with each shot, so you don't build up scar tissue. I also used to alternate sides on Kumbi - left side in the morning, right in the evening (or vice-versa). And on subsequent days, I'd move just a bit more down his body, and then start all over again.

Your vet does sound capable, and I'm greatly relieved. Keep up the good work!

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Hattie did fine today...She actually comes and stands by me waiting for her shot...she is so even tempered I am very lucky..What about giving her canned salt free green beans? She won't eat the prescription type food. I have been feeding her 1 cup of poached white meat chicken and 1/2 can of little caesers 2 x a day......I hope that is going to be okay,, and that she doesn't get tired of it.. Can you feed them like a cube steak??I know probably stupid question.. I want to do this the right way so she feels good and I can have some peace of mind...
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:54 AM
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I forgot to wish you a happy birthday! But - it seems you had one, with Hattie's improvement! So, two days late - Happy Birthday!

I'm REALLY not an expert on food, but I wonder if you could give frozen, rather than canned, green beans. I believe the nutrition is likely to be far better. You could cook the beans if you want (haha). EVen human food they put in cans has had quite "relaxed" requirements in the last decade or so, I think - such as, allowing irradiation of the food WITHOUT PUTTING THAT ON THE LABEL!

So the QUALITY may not be there.

And I'm suspicious of "salt-free." That may not mean free of sodium of some sort - in canned beans.

You could cook up a batch of frozen beans for a few days ahead.

I think the Caesar's food is supposed to be good, though how suitable for diabetics, I have no idea. I think the principle, though, is, work first with the insulin, getting the dose adjusted, and then after that, you can tweak food.

I'm really pleased that you and Hattie are doing so well together. It's not JUST luck, though of course, Hattie's nature being so good is a bit of luck to begin with; let's say you chose well, when you rescued her [happy smile]. Also, you must be doing well with the "painless" part of "painless injections," since Hattie is coming to you for them!

Congratulations on your good work, and on getting to the right vet!

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:09 AM
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Regarding the canned beans - we buy the bagged green beans that can be microwaved, and we have found some that we steam. All of our dogs (3), get these as treats, together with steamed baby carrots (Mickey doesn't get the baby carrots anymore, because of the sugar content). In fact, we keep two or three green beans on the counter where Mickey can see them while he gets his shot. After his shot, he gets his beans.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:04 PM
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Called the Vet and told him I was feeding her first before she got her shot.. He said fine.. just give her the shot soon after. Then I had him call the prescription for insulin at Walmart...almost 25.00 but the other places wanted 65.00...She is doing well.. just feel bad because she can't have her treats.....She has tried to outsmart me.. eats the chicken first and then doesn't want her dogfood.. so I give her the dogfood first and then the chicken....Everything is going pretty good.. Just keeping my fingers crossed. Bringing her back in Monday at 8..Thanks everyone!
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