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Old 11-23-2008, 10:45 AM
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Default Patty's Ali - my precious, beautiful angel

Hi everyone! I am new to this board. I've been doing some research in the archives for information on basal insulins.

A little background...I have a 9 y/o golden retriever. She was diagnosed with DM in May '08. She is my allergy girl. The end of June, she developed a hematoma on her ear and needed surgery to drain and repair it. Since then, we've been struggling with regulation and getting her allergies under control. My holistic vet recommended a raw diet to 'give her pancreas a break.' She's done well on it but needs to be fed multiple times to carry her through the peak of her insulin. She is on Humulin N 12 hours apart, 8 1/2u at night and 8 3/4u now during the day. She has also had a couple of UTIs we are dealing with. I do home test with a OneTouch UltraSmart meter.

I am researching basal insulins right now. It looks like there's just one dog here on Lantus, but maybe you know of others on Lantus or Levemir and can give me some feedback on how well they've worked in other dogs. Ali does get a rise from her food but not nearly as much as she did on kibble and I'm wondering if she might do better with a flatter profile insulin.

From what I've read, some dogs can wind up on a roller coaster with Lantus and others do well. Levemir is a bit more predictable but is 4x stronger in dogs than in humans, so making an adjustment from 1u to 2u is like going from 1u to 4u and could be a little tricky in trying to find the right dose.

Does anyone here have experience with this? or could direct me to more information? or even have stories of a dog you know?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Patty and Ali 13.5yrs 47lbs diagnosed May '08 Ali earned her wings October 27, 2012, 4 months after diagnosis of a meningioma ~ Time is precious ~
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