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Old 08-15-2009, 11:19 PM
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He's 144....2:13AM

I know 151's perfect but if he's been high for a while, he never stays there just flies right past it. I'm not adjusting any of my figures. I'm using the One Touch Ultra.

It's not the numbers so much as the way he's acting, he will react to a fast drop the same way was if he was super low.

He barked at me for food and then went out and peed, now he's pacing.....
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Old 08-15-2009, 11:23 PM
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I meant it to come out, if he stayed at the 150,140's that would be fine and I wouldn't feed him but he never ever stays there... he only passes it on his way to 75 or something.

It is amazing how much more like himself he is on NPH
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Old 08-15-2009, 11:34 PM
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So if it's 151 on the meter, it could be as much as 200 - I think you will have to resist giving him food when he does that. Otherwise, you will never get settled into a routine and it will never get better!

He may be uncomfortable but he's not in danger.

Sometimes they get used to having high blood sugar and they don't like it when it's lower but they will adjust after spending some time at better numbers. He can't ever adjust to better numbers if you don't let him stay there.

I don't mean to sound unsympathetic... but consider what you're "treating" when you're giving food in this situation. You're not treating low blood sugar or even normal blood sugar. 200 is still high blood sugar, which is now going to go a lot higher now that you've given him a bunch more food.

There's only one way for things to settle down with Devon and that's to settle into a routine that's safe in terms of avoiding actual risk of hypoglycemia so blood sugar no lower than 100 as an actual adjusted reading, maybe 80 on the meter to be safe. A routine where he gets the same amount of food and the same amount of insulin every 12 hours and he only gets "fix it" food if there's something that truly needs fixing, as in he's at risk of seizures, etc. from hypoglycemia.

I know you're worried and emotional from being exhausted by this. Truly I do understand. But I also know there's only one path to getting out of this situation.

In truth, we don't know why Devon is acting this way... maybe it's the blood sugar, maybe it's something else. Maybe he's responding to your exhaustion and worry over the low numbers!! So try to take at least the blood sugar at face value and not read anything into it.

And go to bed Snow!! That's what I'm going to do.

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Old 08-15-2009, 11:38 PM
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Default Re: Devon, aka Mr. Fussy

I didn't see your clarification until after I posted... you're on a new insulin and a fairly new diet I think. I would throw out whatever you've known about Snow before and look at this as a whole different situation, which it is.

If you get 151 and you're afraid he'll go lower, set the alarm for an hour from then and test him again and see what you get BEFORE you "fix" it with food. He may not go low and if he doesn't then you've piled on a bunch of food he didn't need.

At 144 on the meter, he was a long way from low blood sugar. NPH is a different insulin with a different action and it is going to take time to see what the pattern is now.

In fact, it would have been ideal just to set an alarm, get up and check him and see what happened.

But for tonight, I think sleep would be good for all! The extra food is in and I don't see any reason to worry more about it tonight.

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Old 08-15-2009, 11:48 PM
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Have a great night and thanks again for your help.

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Old 08-17-2009, 10:31 AM
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Hi Snow,

Never met you yet but, wanted to asked about the Blue Newman's chicken you are giving your dog is it canned food or the treats? I give Baby the small treats and it doesn't raised her bg's only a couple a day after shot or food. Just wonder about the canned food. the one I used is 2.29 a can so it is costly and with the dry w/d it is getting expensive, but I loved her so we are doing our best she eats better than us. Nice to me you. Ida/ Baby yellow lab 7rs diagnosed in Jan/09 spoiled rotten the princess of our home.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:41 PM
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Hi Snow,

Never met you yet but, wanted to asked about the Blue Newman's chicken you are giving your dog is it canned food or the treats? I give Baby the small treats and it doesn't raised her bg's only a couple a day after shot or food. Just wonder about the canned food. the one I used is 2.29 a can so it is costly and with the dry w/d it is getting expensive, but I loved her so we are doing our best she eats better than us. Nice to me you. Ida/ Baby yellow lab 7rs diagnosed in Jan/09 spoiled rotten the princess of our home.
Hi Ida nice to meetcha

I feed Devon twice a day. He gets 1 1/2 c Blue Buffalo Senior dry food, and 1/2 can Newman's Organic Chicken canned food. That stuff's expensive isn't it . He won't eat the Chicken much anymore, so I am alternating it with 1/2 can Wellness 95% Chicken and 95% Beef canned foods, and Newman' Organic Beef canned. I am really hesitant about the latter because I find lots of fat at the bottom of the can so he only gets it once a week. No wonder he loves it so much, yummy grease burger... anyway all canned is 1/2 a can per meal.

He eats the dry but only if it's got canned all over it but he's always been that way. The dry food is quite high in carbs but Devon was on Vetsulin so he needed more carbs at the time. He just switched to NPH so I will probably have to switch dry food again.

The only treats I give him are bits of dehydrated chicken breasts, maybe 3 times a day. We are talking like thumbnail size. He doesn't need a big treat, just an acknowledgement that he's A Good Dog.

You have to be very careful if you get dehydrated chicken, some are irradiated, some have soy/teriaki sauce on them (super high sodium and possibly sugar), some are made with sugar or corn syrup. You see them at Wal Mart and the grocery store all the time. I get ones made in the USA by a company called Aunt Jenni. www.auntjeni.com. The texture is perfectly crunchy and savory, and the only ingredient is chicken.

I get a 10 oz container from his old dog day care, and it lasts a long time. Devon adores their chicken. So does my fiendish foster cat, when Devon gets a smidge she's sitting right next to him waiting for a bit. Probably bite me if I didn't give her some. The wench.

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Hi Snow,

Just checking in to see how Devon is doing with the NPH.

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Default diabetes isn't the end...

I used to post here a while ago. My dog Devon had diabetes. He passed last night but that is not why I am here.

Like Natalie's dog Chris, diabetes was the least of Devon's problems. He didn't die from complications from diabetes but from internal bleeding probably from tumor on his spleen. It had zero to do with with diabetes and everything to do with genetics, age and being such a big dog. He was in his 90's in people years and his diabetes was well controlled.

So newbies, I remember when it would freeze my heart in Devon's early days to see so many dogs passing. I wanted to say to you, don't be scared, and you aren't alone. Diabetes is, as Natalie says, not a death sentence. It can even bring you closer to another soul which will enrich and bless you. Devon and I were already joined at the hip so it made no difference to us, just something to deal with and get used to.

Best wishes, and good bye.

snow and devon at the bridge
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Well said.
RIP Devon

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