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Old 08-05-2017, 06:11 PM
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Another food change for Annie!

She still likes the FreshPet (refrigerated tubes), but was picking out the added kibble and scattering them throughout the kitchen area. There's 3-4 varieties of FreshPet that I'm cycling through. I think the kcals per cup are close, so no modification to the insulin dose.

I'm now adding HonestKitchen dehydrated. There are several varieties and I'm choosing the ones that are labeled for adult-senior dogs and not the ones labeled for puppies and adult. The ones I'm selecting (adult) are slightly higher in fiber, and lower in protein. Honest Kitchen, being dehydrated, needs to be mixed with warm water for a couple of minutes: comes out a little like oatmeal / grits in consistency, and a very green color? She's been on this for two weeks and has cleaned her bowl, except when I try to sneak a few pieces of kibble into the mix (have bag of kibble that I'm trying to get her to finish!).
https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/verve

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Old 08-05-2017, 06:16 PM
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Ingredients look yummy!
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:33 PM
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wow craig your amazing what you do for that wonderful girl
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:05 AM
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It is wonderful that you and Annie are going strong.

Abby loved Honest Kitchen, I seem to remember, we used Zeal and Embark. I continued adding Honest Kitchen to Duncan routine, but he was not a fan of all of the varieties, so I use Preference or Kindly and add different proteins.
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:47 AM
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Yikes! 69 blood glucose reading at +5 hours.

Annie has had a "mountain" shaped curve for years. This is when the blood glucose rises for about 6 hours, and then comes down and the lowest reading is at, or just before, the next meal / injection. I've made changes in her meals before and the curve remained the mountain shape, so I generally test before meals and just assume the blood glucose will increase after the meal.

We were bored yesterday afternoon and tested at +5 hours and was shocked to see a 69. I fed a small meal and let her go until the regular dinner time where she tested a typical 150ish. I reduced her dosage by unit, and slightly increased the size of her dinner. I failed to test before bed, but she tested at 135 at breakfast this morning. I reduced her morning insulin another unit (from 8 to 7 units (total decrease)). Surprised when I did a test at +5 hours and she tested 70! Dropped about 10-12 pieces of kibble into her bowl that she ate right away, so I doubt her blood glucose will drop any more.

Fun times ahead. Glad I have several boxes of test strips on hand!

Guess the new diet makes a difference !

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Old 08-12-2017, 06:16 PM
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They do seem to like to keep us on our toes! About the time we get all comfy with where Vinny is, BAM! He throws us a curve just to see if we're paying attention! 😉 Sounds like Annie is doing the same to you! Gotta love them!

Good luck finding that 'sweet spot' again!
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:17 PM
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Things can get a little crazy with these seniors, huh? We got some crazy highs with Chris when he was quite old - showed up out of nowhere and gone just as quickly.

Hope Annie's feeling well.

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Old 09-05-2017, 09:19 AM
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Hate to report that Annie has an appointment with the vet later this morning to help her cross the rainbow bridge. We could live with blindness and being deaf, but the dementia and two recent seizures were just too much. She had a seizure yesterday morning and had a terrible day / night. Linda, and our son (vet tech), thought she was "ready" months ago, but I had problems giving up on my buddy. Yesterday's seizure, and aftermath, convinced me the time has come. By the way, I don't think the seizures were directly diabetic related, she tested 139 at the end of the seizure, and tested in the 125-200 range after the other episodes.

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Old 09-05-2017, 09:24 AM
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Oh craig,
I am so sorry to hear it is Annies time..my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ..
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:36 AM
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Craig... So sorry to hear about Annie. You've done a wonderful job caring for her. She is quite a character and will be missed.

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