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Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 08-18-2020, 11:04 AM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Questions about Yuki

I'll second that, consistency is best. At 189, chances are in a few hours he'll be at 400 again, so I wouldn't wait to give the insulin.

You may have to adjust his regular dose to compensate for...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 08-18-2020, 10:44 AM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: New to this forum

5.8 is a good nadir. You would only need carbs if nadir was lower than that, and the rest of the 12 hours his numbers were good.

Meaning, if most of the 12 hours he was below 15, but his nadir was...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 08-09-2020, 06:39 AM
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Posted By Raysaint
Re: Questions about Yuki

Is there anything he likes that you can put on top of the food? Or put it on top if he leaves god on the plate.
With our chihuahua (not diabetic), I put little pieces of cooked chicken breast or...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 08-04-2020, 05:11 PM
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Views: 282
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Diabetes Now Hypoglycemia-Help

Hard to guess what is going on with just one number. You say his sugar was 52, when was that; morning fasting? midday? nadir time?

Knowing his 12 hour sugar pattern might help us theorize what is...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-28-2020, 08:54 AM
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Views: 99,424
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Lily - My English Setter

Congrats. Always encouraging to hear stories like this. Lots of good years still ahead, I'm sure.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-28-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,183
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New to this forum

Just bear in mind raw diets can be high in fat. Fat can be potentially dangerous for things like pancreatitis.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-23-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,183
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New to this forum

Remember, in diabetes, there will be times when sugar is high, and low, and everything in between. It will be a range over a 12 hour period. Especially when using this type of insulin. It matters...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-22-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,183
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New to this forum

Maybe check out the Softclix lancing device. It's probably the least painful. And after you lance, hold the device on the spot for a couple seconds, it acts a bit like a vacuum, to help draw the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-17-2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,183
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New to this forum

those numbers look good.
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 07-13-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 470
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Non-repeating BG numbers

bontemp, the shape of the numbers looks kinda like the bowl type curve, same as my dog. So it's good to know the insulin is working and is creating somewhat of a consistent pattern.

As for the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-20-2020, 04:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,560
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Commercial dog foods for Diabetic

Be careful with high protein, as it can be hard on the kidneys. And as others have mentioned, carbs are necessary. You could slightly decrease the carb percentage, but I wouldn't go low carbs.
Carbs...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-20-2020, 04:36 AM
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Views: 603
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Elderly long-term diabetic having weird episodes

you really need to stick with one dose. Her body will be confused and it won't be able to get used to how to metabolize the insulin. And her numbers will be erratic and unpredictable; that can be...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-20-2020, 04:28 AM
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Views: 25,822
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Questions about Yuki

Gum disease can cause some tenderness in the gums, so if it's painful to eat, soft food would be better.
But aside from that, some dogs, like mine, go thru periods where he has to coaxed to eat his...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-13-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,432
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Vetsulin vs. Novolin N vs. Novolin 70/30

With Lantus, you say predictable ( that makes some sense), but we're the numbers and curves good enough to say she was " regulated"?

Reason I ask is because a new insulin, Tresiba, is becoming a...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-09-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,712
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Newly Diagnosed, having issues

All my vets told me 0.5 units per kg NPH is the start dose, which is usually conservative.
I believe the AVMA diabetes guideline is the same.

My dog is just over 12 kg, start dose was 6 units,...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-26-2020, 04:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Best BG meter

I think you, or the vet, should be doing weekly curves. Testing in a month is a long time. A new dose of insulin could be making significant changes, and you should know what those changes are.
...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-21-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Urine test and confusion

I wouldn't worry. Kidneys seem OK so protein could be a one-off.

Many times numbers that are high or low in bloodwork or urine or whatever is an anomaly caused by something related to diet or...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-20-2020, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Urine test and confusion

Protein in urine can be temporary, or persistent. It should be tested more than once, over a period of time.

Did the vet suggest a possible kidney infection?
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-12-2020, 04:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,712
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Newly Diagnosed, having issues

my dog gets 9 units twice a day, after each meal.

If you do home cooked food, keep the meat low fat, i.e. chicken breast.

And absence of clinical signs is a good thing, my vet has to remind me...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-30-2020, 06:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 919
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Not sure what to do.....

Most vets do want to stay with prescription insulin, but not always for the right reasons.

Do what's best for your dog. Vets should be willing to try different things, that's how you find the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-30-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By Raysaint
Re: fructosamine testing

A curve is good for deciding if you can adjust insulin dose. And for seeing the general sugar pattern, and where the highs and lows happen.

Fructosamine, like others said, is an average, and is a...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-26-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,712
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Newly Diagnosed, having issues

keep the process going, increase a unit for a week, do a curve, repeat.
It takes some time, don't expect quick results or changes. It'll get there.
Diabetes will throw you some curves, but stay the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-17-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 788
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Setback after dog had an UTI

I think you've got some good from advice from others. The dramatic decrease in insulin probably let his sugar get high, which will cause excessive thirst.

Not giving insulin just because of...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-10-2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,560
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New owner with question about one time feeding

Consistency is usually best. Once you find the right combo of food and insulin, any change will probably throw things off. A different meal can have a different level of carbs/protein/fiber, so the...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-08-2020, 05:04 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,560
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New owner with question about one time feeding

I should have clarified, I was suggesting no carby treats right now in the early stage, until you see how the curves look with just food and insulin. As you get a perspective on sugar patterns, a...
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