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Old 05-03-2020, 07:36 AM
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Default Re: Dog diagnosed with diabetes 4/28/20

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The dose at 7 units is a low staring dose which normally for an 80 pound dog would be about 16 units . Now seeing a number at 159 with such a low dose may point to Natalie's comment about temporary diabetes from taking the steroid . Once the steroid is removed sometimes blood sugar goes back to normal . Now the problem for you is you may not catch this because of not testing sugar at home . The uncomfortable feeling at night and the heavy breathing can point to sugar going low or going to high . They have pet meters which can be expensive for the strips which is generally the larger cost of testing . Human meter are allot cheaper depending on the brand . I have used a discount human meter for jesse for her 10 years of being diabetic and never used a pet meter.I have tried maybe 6 human meters and had similar results but its not going to be perfect and it doesnt have to be as they become more accurate at lower levels when you really need to know .

Another thing to look into with weight problems and skin condition is a missed thyroid problem and you may want to check on that as there are different tests that can miss a diagnosis depending on what you get . They say methyl b-12 can help with leg weakness . Ask any question and search the site and read read read . Education is your best way to get your dog back to normal and diabetes will not prevent that as most who have come to the forum got their dogs back to normal with some limitations and you enter a new normal . Also managing diabetes at home is not expensive .

The prescription foods seem to do well for blood sugar but some dogs get tired of it . Many do use toppers . My jesse gets a homemade human grade food so she is always happy to eat . She likes yeast flakes as her topper which is a replacement for cheese but many sprinkle Parmesan cheese maybe add some boiled chicken . You can add most anything that your dog may like as long as you keep it consistent . Most times you may want to hold off snack until regulated and you want to keep the dog motivated to eat at mealtime and once regulated you maybe able to relax that .Now its not required to feed prescription food and many dont.
Jesse-26 lbs - 16 years old ,10.5 years diabetic, one meal a day homemade and a vitabone snack . 3 shots of Novolin a day . Total insulin for a 24 hour period is 6.5 units of NPH insulin .
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