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Old 02-07-2020, 04:13 PM
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Default Any ProZinc users?

Hi all,

Our diabetic mini Schnauzer Dexter (dx September 2016, 6.8 kg) has been poorly regulated on Caninsulin, Novalin and (to a lesser extent) Levemir. His body appears to metabolise the insulin too quickly and usually has very high BG readings in the 2 or 3 hours pre-feed.

Our Vet in the UK has suggested a switch to ProZinc now that it is licensed for use in dogs. However, she has suggested an initial dose (0.5 units per kg body weight) every 24 hours (rather than every 12 hours with other insulins). I'm worried that the stated effective duration of ProZinc of 10-14 hours will not be enough to get him through the night if he has one shot per 24 hours.

Question - has anyone used ProZinc with their dogs and is willing to share experiences?

Many thanks,

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Old 02-08-2020, 08:26 AM
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Default Re: Any ProZinc users?

Hi an welcome . You probably wont find any prozinc users on the forum . I have been here for ten years and dont remember any members using it . I think it was generally used for cats and thats why your vet may want to go with one dose a day as I believe thats the strategy with cats and how they metabolize insulin but dogs usually need 2 doses a day . Most dogs using levemir needed 2 doses and thats suppose to be a 24 hour insulin which you said you tried

can you give a bit more history on when and how long you have tried to regulate . The food you are feeding , how many units of insulin you topped out on of the 3 insulin's you tried ? How much you dog weighs?. If you can post some curves with the type of insulin used and amount

Usually when you do all these things everything gets muddled and you loose focus and direction . I like to make things simple in my mind and dont over think . Big swings in my jesse either indicated to much insulin and or an imbalance with food and insulin

With my jesse i give her 3 shots of novolin a day and one meal so you can see we had to get creative to regulate her which has almost been 10 years

You look at whats problematic within a curve then work to lessen the problem slowly one step at a time . Jesse was hard to regulate . It probably took 8 months till we finally found what worked which is unique to her .
Jesse-26 lbs - 15.5 years old ,10 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 8 units of NPH insulin .
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:26 PM
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Default Re: Any ProZinc users?

has his thyroid been checked? Overactive could be metabolising too fast.
Riley, 8 yr. old maltipoo, 25 lbs., diagnosed Feb 2017, taking thyroid meds, had pancreatitis and DKA mid March, eating Wellness Senior formula can food. NPH dosage now at 9.0 units Humulin N. Adding either pumpkin, spinach, blueberries, yams, or green beans to his food. Also omega-3 oil.
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