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RJoy 12-03-2014 07:47 PM

Is my dog beginning to fail?
Bailey is 9 years old this month. He was diagnosed 3 years ago. We self test on his ear 3 times a day and inject twice a day about 12 hours apart. He's a mix breed and weighs 24 lbs. (Close to his ideal weight) I've been able to keep his reading fairly consistent for a long time. His monthly average has been 168. Oct 20th he had a growth next to his eye removed, and they went ahead and cleaned his teeth while he was out. All went well and he bounced right back. The problem started 2 weeks later. His readings went to 400 in the evening and sometimes over 300 in the morning. I've been increasing his insulin and usually get the level down but this has been going on for well over a month and it's like riding a roller coaster. My Vet says I'm doing everything I can but this is a gut wrench. My fear it that my dog is beginning to fail. Is there anything else I can do? Do I just ride this out and continue to increase his dosage? In the morning he now gets 7.25 and up to 12.25 in the evening. Last September he was at 6 and 9. I welcome your advice. Thank you.

Cara Sandler 12-03-2014 08:29 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
Hello, and welcome! I'm sorry to hear that Bailey is having some trouble.

I think I would first rule out an underlying infection. It's possible he has an infection from the growth that was removed, or sometimes bacteria in the dog's mouth can enter their bloodstream and give them an infection. So that would be the first thing I would consider. See if a round of antibiotics takes care of it (and some dogs do experience fluctuating glucose while they're on antibiotics, so ride out the full course before deciding whether or not it worked).

jesse girl 12-03-2014 08:43 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
hi and welcome

i can understand what you are going through my jesse has a few additional challenges including diabetes

my jesse has always meandered with her numbers. lucky to get a couple months of consistency . we have quite a few things we use in jesses bag of tricks . i call it tricks because they dont last and we continue to rotate around . i am sure its the other challenges affecting her blood sugar . she is happy and doing well on the outside . dont know whats going on with the inside .

for me when jesse goes through periods of needing more insulin i don't like raising her normal insulin which is nph . i would rather use a fast acting to correct the higher sugar to a more respectable level . early in her DX i would give a fast acting every 6 hours . these period end up being temporary . i worried giving her a larger dose because she could change pretty quick back to the lower dose so the fast acting does not stay in her system to long like NPH

infection seems to be a major reason for a change in blood sugar in a higher range for many . UTIs seems to be the major culprit . something to test for if you havent . it seems you saw the change after the procedure . i am sure your pup needed antibiotics maybe a probiotic maybe helful

how are those poohs ? any change in digestion will affect blood sugar . its troubleshooting the problem . there is a reason just have to find it

my jesse is over 10 and was diagnosed at 5 and her fluctuations i guess wernt a sign of her failing but i really didnt think she would last 6 months but she proved me wrong over and over again . we just take it a day at a time no expectations and jesse enjoys her dogs life

RJoy 12-03-2014 09:16 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
Oh. I never thought of an infection. Thank you and thank you to Jesse Girl as well. I really have no idea how to reply to posts so please forgive any faux pas. I will get our sweet boy to the vet tomorrow to check this out. God bless you. Really. I am about in tears with relief. yeah well, I am in tears. Thank you. I'll let you know what happens.

RJoy 12-03-2014 09:30 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
Jesse Girl, I have never given a fast acting insulin. I wouldn't even know what to ask for at the pharmacy. Can you steer me towards some info on that? Thank you for the info on possible infection. I'm on that first thing in the AM.

amydunn19 12-03-2014 09:50 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
Hi and belated welcome! I agree with the others about the infection- that would be the first step. Let us know how it goes!

k9diabetes 12-03-2014 10:07 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
I think a vet visit is wise also to see if something else is going on. Infections, allergies, and inflammation can all raise blood sugar and increase resistance to the effects of the insulin. And there are other conditions, such as Cushing's disease and thyroid disease, that can affect blood sugar levels as well.

When did you last start a new bottle of insulin?

Occasionally you can get one that's been damaged in shipping. So if you haven't tried switching out to a new bottle since this started, that's worth trying as well.

Where are you injecting?

Any sign of scar tissue or thick areas building up where you are injecting?


RJoy 12-03-2014 10:28 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
I just started a new bottle yesterday. The previous one spanned the weeks of good to bad readings. I inject in the scruff but I move it around a lot and watch out for that scar/thickening skin issue. I took his temp a while ago and it was 100.3 but that probably doesn't mean a lot coming from me and my old thermometer. I do want to give a big thanks to the folks on this site and say what a great & patient being this pal of mine is. I'll write when I get more info.

chucksmom 12-03-2014 11:28 PM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
Thoughts, prayers and healing wishes going out for you and Bailey!

amydunn19 12-04-2014 04:36 AM

Re: Is my dog beginning to fail?
I have always heard insulin loses potency after a month to 6 weeks so I toss mine and replace every 30 days.

Also, the scruff can yield uneven absorption so you might try another area like the sides or back(not over the spine).

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