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Old 08-03-2020, 09:28 AM
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My oldest dog is about 13 (rescue-birth date not accurate) and is diabetic. I give him insulin , 4 1/2 units twice daily. He has been stable for 3 years. On Friday , 7/31, 8 hours after his normal insulin dose he became lethargic, threw up twice and had myoclonic jerks. He was Hypoglycemic. His blood sugar was 32, heart rate 88 but his organs were NOT shutting down. I gave him some Karo Syrup so his sugar would come up and of course took him to my wonderful friends at Greenwood Vet Hospital that helped save his live. . If I just thought that my little buddy just had an upset stomach yesterday and I ignored it- he would have died. When we left the hospital -his labs were normal and his blood sugar came up to 55. Saturday , 8/1- blood sugar is 52 and no clinical signs of hypoglycemia.

He has not had any insulin since friday , and now time to take blood again for another reading.

I do not know what is going on- no more clinical signs but blood sugar in the 50's. That will catch up with him soon. I thought he may have a tumor on the liver or pancreas or even Addison's disease Any thought- insulin needed for 3 years and none needed. Make no sense. Thanks
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:20 AM
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glad to here your dogs back home.
please tell us more
his weight?
food and how much?
what type of insulin?
please post his bg readings.

karo on the gums followed by abit of food should bring his bg back up.

i.d suggest more indepth blood work up if his blood sugar doesnt come up over 100

your doing great
Riliey . aka Ralphy, Alice, Big Boy
20 lb male. 5 1/2 nph insulin. 1/2 cup fromms. black cockapoo, dx Apr 2012 . 5 1\2 yrs diabetic. 2000 to 2017
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Old 08-04-2020, 05:11 PM
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Hard to guess what is going on with just one number. You say his sugar was 52, when was that; morning fasting? midday? nadir time?

Knowing his 12 hour sugar pattern might help us theorize what is going on.
And the questions Riley Mo asked would also help.

Not likely his body is making insulin all of a sudden, so let's look at all the factors related to his daily routine. Lots of smart people here to help notice something that might be causing this new anomaly.
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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Old 08-05-2020, 06:37 AM
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I guess you could say your dog is not producing sugar to work with the amount of injected insulin you are giving . An upset belly points to something going on with digestion and that can affect sugar production . Not sure if your testing blood sugar at home and if not that should be a priority
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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