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randy 07-01-2016 06:38 AM

My Maltese, Mimi is 15 lbs and right now using 15u of vetsulin twice daily. She is also cushings and is taking 15 mg of vetoryl twice daily. I don't understand what insulin resistant is. I know we have progressed to the max level of insulin. We haven't tried the Novolin NPH. and was wondering if she may do better on this insulin. Just wondering where we can go from here. I'm afraid she can't produce any insulin of her own. Can anyone give me some insight???

Judi 07-01-2016 06:45 AM

Re: Mimi
I think they do say a dog is resistant if they are using at least their body weight which is where you are. But cushings and dog breed add to the problem.

I thought I read that you are going to have her cortisol levels checked? I'd do that first.

Also, you can give more insulin but I would definitely discuss possibly changing types of insulin with your vet. It's hard because changing too many things at once can cause problems.

What about infections, could she have an ear or tooth infection? that raises blood sugar too.

We battled cushings and diabetes together also so I understand where you are at. If Jenny's cortisol was up her insulin needs were up. We used novolin and when she was first diagnosed she weighed 8 pounds and it took 7 units twice a day to even make a dent in her blood sugar. I think we went for 6 or 7 weeks, doing a curve every week with her in the 400 - 600 range of blood sugar. After the cushings meds started to work her insulin needs dropped from 7 to 3 1/2

So, definitely talk to your vet. If Mimi needs more insulin, she needs more insulin. But I'd discuss the option of trying another type.

Let us know how it goes. Judi

randy 07-01-2016 07:05 AM

Re: Mimi
Thanks , We just did a cortisol test yesterday and waiting for results now. She has been suffering from and ear infection for the past two weeks. I'm treating with drops but she may need an antibiotic. I'm with you, until I see the cortisol levels I don't want to change her insulin. It could be getting ear under control and upping her vetoryl may be what she needs. Will let you know what we find out.

Judi 07-01-2016 07:28 AM

Re: Mimi
With the long weekend here (are you in the US?) id definitely ask for an antibiotic

randy 07-01-2016 07:26 PM

Re: Mimi
Mimi's cortisol numbers were near perfect. Pre and post. My Dr agreed that the ear infection could be a problem. She called in an antibiotic. Also said the ear drops had a steroid so they may effect the glucose also. Started her on antibiotic tonight and doing a curve on wed. Have a peaceful 4th.

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