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Old 12-04-2021, 08:44 PM
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Default New diabetic ,first at home curve. I need help understanding.

Hello,
Oliver is a 6 yr old, border terrier/possible cattle dog mix is 32 lbs. August his yearly visit and blood work was normal. After moving out of state in late August, two weeks ago he stopped jumping on the couch and bed. Then started drinking/urinating excessively, urine/blood work confirmed diabetics with his glucose level at 339. His doctor started us on Novilin N twice daily at 4 units. He now eats twice a day 3/4 cup dry 3oz wet (instead of his 2cups once daily) Natural Balance duck and potato (heís allergic to chicken). After the first three days of being on insulin he seemed fine and decreased his drinking/urinating. Two days ago the water /urinating increased to the point of waking in the middle of the night.
Today was his first at home curve using the Alpha trak2 monitor. His levels concern me, being new to this and am looking for help understanding how to better regulate and help Oliver . Also Iíve noticed moments of mental fog/confusion within the last few days. Thank You.
6am-349
6:30 food then insulin
8am-352. (8:30 a 20 minute walk)
10am-339
Noon-231. (12:30 a 20 minute walk)
2pm-482. (3pm my sons dog came over to play for 4 hrs)
4pm-346
6pm-85
6:30 food then insulin
8pm-367
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Old 12-04-2021, 11:29 PM
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Default Re: New diabetic ,first at home curve. I need help understanding.

Overall, the levels aren't bad. A small increase in the insulin could bring them down into the 100s to 200s.

I suspect the low of 85 was due to his playing with your son's dog. Exercise and activity can bring the blood sugar down sharply. Our diabetic dog took very sedate walks but his blood sugar was relatively tightly controlled and we always carried syrup with us because he experienced some low blood sugar on walks.

The mental fog / confusion could be related to low blood sugar as well.

And it may be that his blood sugar has been routinely going low at certain times of the day - something that can be fixed.

But given the big increase in drinking and urinating, it would be good to have him checked for something like a urinary tract infection, which can happen when there's sugar in their urine. And with the confusion... I think a veterinary visit is needed.

And you can check his blood sugar when he seems confused and see if it is low.

Natalie
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Old 12-05-2021, 05:10 AM
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Natalie,
Thank you.
This has been a stressful adjustment to our lives, i never want him to feel like Iíve let him down. Iím so grateful for this website. It has given me so much information , with the help and support I know I can continue to give Oliver the life he deserves.
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Old 12-11-2021, 02:41 AM
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This first part is the hard part. Probably doesn't seem like it now, but you can get to a place where the diabetes is no big deal.

Please let us know what you find out at the vet... thinking of you both.

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Old 01-06-2022, 06:34 AM
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Oliver update.
Iím sorry for the delay in update.
December 13, Oliverís curve at the vet ranged from 385-513 over a 8 hr time frame. His vet increased his insulin to 6 units. Oliver was also treated for an eye infection (conjunctivitis). Within days his drinking and urinating was under control, including sleeping through the night. After a week, the excessive drinking and urinating returned followed by the eye infection a few days later. I started the eye meds again, he keeps the eye closed and rubs it often. We have a vet appt today for his eye and a curve appt next Friday. I feel we are getting to a good place with routine and care. Iím concerned with this repeated eye infection since he is only 2 months in to being diabetic.
Thank you for help and support.
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Old 01-06-2022, 08:06 AM
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hi

can you post any curves done after december 13th, a more recent one?

seems Oliver could use an eye specialist to treat his eye infection. a protective hood collar will help so he doesnt scratch his eye!

any infection will raise Olivers blood sugar . increasing the insulin will help but needs to be decreased when the infection has cleared up.

i would think a 32 lb dog would need to be on a higher dose than 6.

for now the eye infection needs attention.

your doing great with your Oliver
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Old 01-09-2022, 02:02 PM
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Oliverís curve from December 13, he eats 6:30 am/pm followed by his insulin.This curve was taken at the vet. Oliverís insulin was raised from 4 units to 6.
8am- 364
10am- 426
12pm- 531
2pm- 379
4pm- 441
His next curve is Friday 1/14
Oliverís eye infection is a cornea abrasion and infection. Heís on new eye meds, hopefully this will work.
Thank you for your comments .
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Old 01-09-2022, 02:17 PM
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hi and thankyou for the update on Oliver.

it seems his blood glucose is rising because of the infection.. or the food is going ahead of the insulin or 6 units is too much.

waiting for the january curve!

was hecwalked and at what time?

do u have the 6:30 testing number for the curve?

please post what food and how much?

what type of insulin please?

yes, lets hope his eye is better soon!
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Old 01-09-2022, 04:03 PM
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Is it definitely just an infection? No damage to cornea? Or inflammation in the eyes?

Those kinds of problems contribute to the rubbing and the rubbing can damage the eyes.

Is he wearing a cone to keep him out of his eyes?

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Old 03-07-2022, 06:19 PM
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Can anyone recommend a cbd oil for arthritis ? Oliver a 30lb , 7 yr old border terrier mix has arthritis. Since he is a heart worm survivor and new diabetic as of 6 months ago, his vet said itís not safe for his heart or kidneys to take arthritis meds. Currently he takes 10 units of Novilin N twice a day.
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