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Soaphie & Sydney's Mom
11-18-2008, 02:36 PM
Anyone have any experience with a honeymoon period for newly diagnosed diabetic dogs? Thanks.

k9diabetes
11-18-2008, 02:50 PM
I may have already given you a link to Chris' case study (www.k9diabetes.com/k9diabetes.pdf (http://www.k9diabetes.com/k9diabetes.pdf))...

Chris honeymooned for about six months and then his ability to produce insulin ended within another month after.

It's somewhat unusual in dogs, I think mainly because the diabetes usually gets more advanced before they are diagnosed. In Chris' case, he was fine until being treated with a steroid-containing medication and that seems to have kicked his diabetes off. So we probably caught it within a week or two of it getting started.

I don't think I know of any other dog in my four years on these forums who honeymooned, at least that it was definitively shown that s/he did. But I consider it anytime a dog needs very little insulin to maintain good blood sugar. There was one dog who got by on one injection of NPH a day and I suspect that dog probably had residual insulin production because NPH just isn't supposed to last long enough to maintain blood sugar 24 hours.