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Old 09-29-2018, 03:05 PM
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First time posting here, found the forum while googling. Snowball is an 11 year old 8lb maltese female. She was diagnosed with diabetes about 3 months ago. Up until that time she was a normal dog, would run to you when you call her and play with her toys etc. We noticed she was peeing all over the house and not making it through the night which was very unusual for her so we brought her to the vet and got the diagnosis. Two vets actually. We started her on the Insulin from Walmart, whatever they sell for 24.88 and we have syringes from there as well. They started her on 1 unit twice daily and currently she is on 3 units twice daily. Even since starting the insulin its like we have a different dog. Up until the last couple of weeks it wasn't too bad, she just basically wouldn't play with her toys anymore which she used to do nightly on the couch with me to the point of driving me crazy sometimes. She did do it once in the past week, but that was the first time in at least 2 months.

Anyway, the past couple of weeks, she is just basically dead. She gets up and walks outside and goes to the bathroom and then comes back in the house and lies down. If I do get her to get up, she basically walks a little bit and plops back down and sleeps. She is still active if someone is eating food though.

Before we got the diagnosis of the diabetes she was urinating almost constantly and drinking lots of water. Now with the insulin she is still drinking tons of water and once in awhile she will make it through a 7 hour night, but usually we have to take her out in the middle of the night. I'd say about 3 hours she typically makes it. She also has lost a bit of control and frequently will pee on herself while lying down.

Sorry for the long post. I guess the main question is, I've read both things saying that increased thrist can be too much insulin and also not enough insulin.

We did about 5 times at the vet for glucose curves and each time they tell us to come back again the next week that they are still regulating it. The vet is very reasonably priced, but frankly we just don't have the money to keep going back. I suppose I could do it at home, but i'm not exactly sure how to draw the blood. Just hoping to get some advise so I can make her at comfortable as possible within the confines of the budget.


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