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Old 10-28-2013, 11:45 PM
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Arrow Angel Penny 14 November 1998 18 January 2014

Dog's name,breed: Penny 14 now 15 in 16 days
Collie, Staffie, Kelpie X
Diagnosed 25 October 2013

Weight: Now 20.2 kg's

Diet:
Still trial and error, she only got home from the Vet yesterday
Madam Fusspot likes My Dog and Chunkers
Dry Food Purina for Mature Dogs

Insulin:
Caninsulin
12 Units
Once A Day
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:10 PM
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Hi,

Welcome to you and Penny!

I see she is currently on Caninsulin just once a day. I wanted to note that once daily dosing basically never works - probably 99% of dogs wind up needing insulin injections twice daily.

I actually wish Intervet would quit promoting Caninsulin/Vetsulin as once daily insulin and rather recommend a twice daily dose of no more than 1/5 unit per pound.

An unfortunate part of their once-daily dosing recommendation is that they suggest starting dogs on what is nearly always too much insulin.

At 20.2 kgs, that's about 44 pounds, so she's already been started at a little more than 1/4 of a unit per pound, not as high as some dogs I've seen but is too much insulin for many dogs. Our 62 pound dog needed only at 10 units of insulin given twice a day, for example.

In the U.S., Intervet reduced their recommended starting dose for dogs to be more in line with twice daily dosing but I don't think the UK / Canadian / Australian guidelines have been reduced.

Unfortunately, Intervet in the UK prohibits nonveterinarians from accessing their site. Even my old account there no longer works.

Here is the current U.S. dosing information:

http://www.vetsulin.com/vet/DosingOverview.aspx

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Starting dose
In dogs, the initial recommended Vetsulin dose is 0.5 IU insulin/kg of body weight.
That would put Penny at 10 units at most - much better. I would consider 8-9 units if it was my dog to see how she responded to that amount before giving 10.

And I would go immediately to twice daily dosing.

For a good example of a dog who suffered under once daily dosing, read Chewy's story:
http://www.k9diabetes.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3990

Natalie
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:28 PM
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We had to tempt with people food, so went with protein. Egg in the morning and a wee bit of chicken at night(and nuked it with a little water to make a fake broth)
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:58 PM
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Hi,

Welcome to you and Penny!

I see she is currently on Caninsulin just once a day. I wanted to note that once daily dosing basically never works - probably 99% of dogs wind up needing insulin injections twice daily.

I actually wish Intervet would quit promoting Caninsulin/Vetsulin as once daily insulin and rather recommend a twice daily dose of no more than 1/5 unit per pound.

An unfortunate part of their once-daily dosing recommendation is that they suggest starting dogs on what is nearly always too much insulin.

At 20.2 kgs, that's about 44 pounds, so she's already been started at a little more than 1/4 of a unit per pound, not as high as some dogs I've seen but is too much insulin for many dogs. Our 62 pound dog needed only at 10 units of insulin given twice a day, for example.

In the U.S., Intervet reduced their recommended starting dose for dogs to be more in line with twice daily dosing but I don't think the UK / Canadian / Australian guidelines have been reduced.

Unfortunately, Intervet in the UK prohibits nonveterinarians from accessing their site. Even my old account there no longer works.

Here is the current U.S. dosing information:

http://www.vetsulin.com/vet/DosingOverview.aspx



That would put Penny at 10 units at most - much better. I would consider 8-9 units if it was my dog to see how she responded to that amount before giving 10.

And I would go immediately to twice daily dosing.

For a good example of a dog who suffered under once daily dosing, read Chewy's story:
http://www.k9diabetes.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3990

Natalie
Gday Natalie

Thank you for the welcome
I know nothing about Dog Diabetes, (I live in Australia), Penny spent three nights at the Vets, was put on a drip immediately, she was pretty much knocking on death's door.

I knew she had arthritis, and she was being given injections for it. she is classed as a medium sized dog, who I was told ideal weight should be 19kg's, if you have ever suffered a weight problem (I do) you know how hard it is to lose weight. Penny weighed in at 25kg's. Nothing I did seemed to get her weight down.

Then all of a sudden she dropped 1.5kg's over 4 weeks, the following fortnight (2 weeks) she dropped a total 5kg's. She was drinking a lot more water than usual and had gone off her food and pet milk (the milk she used to throw a tantrum to get). So I knew something was up.

Made the appointment at the Vet, and the rest they say is history. Because I am not a Vet, nor have I had any personal experience with Diabetes, I am following what he is telling me to do.

She is still drinking a lot of water, is now asking for her milk again (sometimes she drinks it others she doesn't), her appetite has also improved, and she is no longer listless and lethargic.

Overall her health has improved beyond belief! As has her old self .

She has another appointment with the Vet tonight, where we will see what her levels are, and whether or not her dosage needs to be adjusted.

She also has an unknown growth, but the Vet wants to treat one thing at a time, she will be 15 next month, and I maintain that while she is no pain, I will do whatever is necessary for her to remain the happy dog she is.

(once I am allowed to I will post her picture)

Cheers

Susan
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:34 PM
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Vetsulin (in the States), and Caninsulin (in the rest of the world) are the same insulin. Here is a link to the new Vetsulin webpage that has some pretty good info. http://www.vetsulin.com/dog-owner/default.aspx

Guess the "WA" is Western Australia, and not Washington state

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Welcome Penny and Susan

Wow 15 years young, what an accomplishment, your doing great with your Penny. Hope to see her soon. My dog is 13


You found us, ask away any questions you have!

My dog got regulated on caninsulin soon after his dx but injected twice a day!!

How did it go today at the vet?

Really hope she is


on insulin twice a day, every 12 hours , Inject right after food.
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I wanted to hand out a belated warm welcome to you and Penny
Are things are going well after your recent vet visit? Just out of curiosity, have you and your vet discussed home testing?
We hope to hear from you soon
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Welcome Susan & Penny, I haven't been on site in about a month. I remember how terrified I was for my pup when first diagnosed. I can tell you that I learned so much from this site. Everyone is so great to share their experience. Invaluable to me. I highly recommend getting a glucometer & home testing. I was reluctant at first, but It is so much nicer not to be in the dark about my Abbie's progress.
I use a Alpha Trac 2. It is the same type my vet used. He was great about my home testing & I checked my meter against his. I was reluctant to put my girl on special food & made homemade & used lite. I have recently changed to Science Diet WD & the Canned WD & it has made a big difference. Wishing you & Penny the best with this new adventure! Know it is a scary time while they are getting regulated. She will be like a new dog in no time!
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:43 PM
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Default Re: Penny newly diagnosed a few days ago

Wow thank you everyone for your responses and welcome

ABBIE'SMOM Yes it is very frightening more so for me than her.

Auddog No, I want to purchase a home testing kit for her, at the moment she is being taken to the Vet weekly, where they do a blood test and also use a glucometer. Her overall "health" has improved beyond belief, she is still drinking a lot of water.

Riliey and Mo Her second trip back, Friday just gone, her sugar levels were as high as when she was first diagnosed. She wouldn't eat in the morning (have since sorted this), the Vet seemed concerned her levels were as high as they were considering she was basically only eating once a day. He upped her dosage to 14 units, and suggested it may have to be a twice daily injection.

CraigM BINGO! You win a Gold Star the WA is for Western Australia

The Vet said to buy some Glucose Syrup for her, which we have done, I am very to report to date it is still unopened.

Okay question time, I have googled for a glucometer here in Australia for pets (the Vet uses blood tests and a glucometer designed for humans). I want to be able to have a more hands on with her healthcare. I rang the Vet's office to see if I could purchase one, the Vet has yet to bring it up. I did discuss it with my partner, who said "leave it to the Vet".

Not that I would have a clue what to do if her sugar levels were high anyway.

Although I hate to admit it, I just cannot bring myself to jab her with the needle, my partner is playing the role of the bad Guy at the moment, and doing the jabs. I know I have to overcome this especially if she is put on twice daily injections. (I have regular blood test's and can watch the needle go into me), but every time I get close to Penny with the needle my hand just pulls back it's like an automatic reflex.

She is due back at the Vet's again on Friday, where I suspect he will put her on twice daily injections. Other than the fact she does what dog's do best SLEEP!, her overall health as I mentioned earlier is so much better .

Thank you for your support, I know I speak for everyone when I say our dog's become like our children, the only difference is they don't back chat.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:19 PM
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Welcome to you and Penny!

You've received some very good advice here, but we all have our own perspective on things, so I'd like to share mine. My husband sounds like your partner. He would have never thought to do the kind of research I did to the extent I did it. He has more than once said "Did you check with the vet?" and to that my answer is usually "No, I checked with the board."

You see, most vets do not deal with what all of us deal with on a daily basis. My vet had told me that home testing was not necessary, but I had bought one glucometer and had another ordered within a week. I had already found this forum and knew that blood testing at home was the best course to keep Vinny healthy. I do all of Vinny's testing now, then share it with our vet. Our vet has now become a bit of a convert to home testing.

There is so much info on this forum; what are low's and high's, best places for testing, how to give shots, etc. There is a lot of help here. You just have to convince yourself that what you are doing is saving Penny's life...because frankly, you are.

On last thing, before raising insulin on a 44 lb dog, please try going to twice daily injections! I'm not sure when your vet is testing Penny, or if a curve has been done...if a curve has been, it would show that two injections are needed, not just one. Natalie knows more about this than I do and she is the guru! When she speaks, people listen. I would strongly advise you to listen!

I'm sorry this is so overwhelming...we are all here to help with whatever knowledge we have! Hang in there, it does get better!!
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