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Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 06-20-2020, 04:43 AM
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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
Replies: 8
Views: 318
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: 22,300
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: 3,430
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: 1,815
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: 285
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.
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Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 05-21-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
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: 270
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: 1,815
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: 10
Views: 522
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: 239
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: 1,815
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: 492
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: 14,544
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: 14,544
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...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-07-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,544
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New owner with question about one time feeding

Trying to overdose to compensate isn't the way to go. It takes at least a week for a dog's body to adjust and settle in to a new dose. That's why it's recommended to stay consistent with a dose, do a...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-06-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,544
Posted By Raysaint
Re: New owner with question about one time feeding

Currently, what are his morning fasting sugar levels?

That might give you an idea if overnight period is working out as is.
It's normal to have a spike after eating, not sure I'd be trying to...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-03-2020, 10:54 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,815
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Newly Diagnosed, having issues

This is a good read for basic education. Combine that with advice from the good people on here and you'll do well.
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Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 04-01-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,815
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Newly Diagnosed, having issues

vets try to maintain control, and some don't like owners doing things themselves. Home testing is crucial, doing your own curve is quite ok.

This whole process of regulation takes a lot of time,...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 03-24-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 22,300
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Questions about Yuki

From anything I've read on rhinitis or sinusitis, it sounds like a bacterial infection, maybe a fungal infection.

Has Yuki been on antibiotics yet for this?
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 03-23-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 785
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Problems with wetting in house

Home testing is so important, and gives you better tracking of sugar levels to know what is and isn't working, your progress, and to identify possible issues.

Vets usually want patients to keep...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 03-20-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 785
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Problems with wetting in house

Welcome. This is a great place to be for you and your dog.

High blood sugar causes a lot of peeing, so this can be normal. As blood sugars start to come down on a consistent basis, the peeing will...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 03-19-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Weight Loss

My own thoughts. White pasta, even for humans, is high glycemic, so it'll spike sugar and doesn't provide a lot of lasting nutrition. The sugar spikes could cause extra peeing. And it won't help gain...
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 03-13-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,716
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Cataract surgery? Romeo update

Have you considered a limited ingredient dog food?
Forum: Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog 03-09-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 22,300
Posted By Raysaint
Re: Questions about Yuki

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/testing-for-sneezing

Some good info.
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