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Old 11-02-2017, 04:17 PM
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Oh My Gosh!! Judi thanks so much!!!! Hunter is losing his hind leg balance and the cortisol dropped 2 weeks ago from 10.2 to 5. But they have maintained Lysodren dose. I will definitely visit the cushings forum. I am so happy to have people that I can share my info with and oh my gosh, I am learning so much!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you All!!!

NOTE: I just tried to register at k9cushings.com several times and it will not allow. Error message about the "Can you spell"

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Old 11-02-2017, 05:08 PM
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If I can reset my password over there I will message one of the admins about you! It's been a long time

I sent Harley Pom Mom this link and told her you are having problems registering.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:29 PM
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As far as day to day blood glucose management, I stopped consulting my vet once he was comfortable with my decision making. The best thing to do is monitor your dog, learn all you can about his tendencies and research this forum, ask questions and manage most of it yourself. I always saved the big problems for the vet. I realize the Cushings will require some vet interaction but I find many vets just aren’t very experienced with diabetic dogs that don’t respond the way the “books” say. If you have 4 vets, you will get 4 different opinions.

Maggie’s original vet was very nice but was just clueless. It took her near death experience to jolt me out of my false sense of security. I realized that my vet was way overdosing her and decided I was going to figure it out. I was not the most medically knowledgeable person but it was just something I felt I had to do. I was so upset that when I found a new vet, I pretty much told him that I was testing her at home and I was going to be in charge of her care. He was nervous but told me as long as I discussed everything with him before actually changing things, he was ok with it. And from there, we were a great partnership. Finally, he said I didn’t need to call him every time I wanted to change something because he felt I was going to be fine.

Usually, somebody here has experienced a problem or has some knowledge to help with any situation. You are doing great so far!
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:13 AM
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Thanks so much Amydunn19. Everyone's help means the world to me!! He is having a rough rough time right now. Doing a curve today will post when it's finished with all his other info later today.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:40 PM
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Hi K9D Friends,
I thought I would go ahead and post Hunter's results and my thoughts. The internist usually does his last curve at 2:00pm if the numbers are still elevated. I wanted to post two curves since the change to Novolin N. Which seems to be working very well and I am wanting to adjust at 7:00pm tonight to 10units.

Curve 1: Change to Novolin N 10-30-17
7:00am No Insulin and Fasting BG 530
7:30am Breakfast/Insulin 7units
8:00am BG 507
10:00am BG 465
12:00noon BG 539
2:00pm BG 538
4:00pm BG 568
6:00pm BG 555
7:00pm Dinner/Insulin 7units
8:00pm BG 513

He was increased to 9units 10/30/17

Curve 2: Today 11/3/17
7:00am No Insulin and Fasting BG 542
7:30am Breakfast/Insulin 9units
8:00am BG 354
10:00am BG 409
12:00noon BG 366
2:00pm BG 343
4:00pm BG 379

Like I said I would like to adjust to 10units tonight. I will recheck BG at 8:00pm after his dinner and insulin. I'm having a very tough time getting him to eat in the morning. Does anyone else have a problem w/eating? Would that be caused by the overnight insulin decrease as the body is waiting to get next dose? He does pretty well in the evening at dinner. I feel like with the numbers still elevated I would be safe to move up one unit.
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Old 11-03-2017, 02:18 PM
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one unit should be ok but be careful if having problems with appetite

definitely you have seen an improvement from the last curve

congrats on a job well done
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Old 11-03-2017, 03:35 PM
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Thanks Jesse girl!! It's so awesome have this forum to help!! I'll start a journal when I have problems getting him to eat in the mornings. He is acting like he is starving right now and ready for dinner.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:32 PM
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just keep an eye on things when resistance is broken for whatever reason it can be dramatic and numbers can keep going lower on that same dose
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:16 PM
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Shredded cheese, a little water packed tuna fish (not sure how this goes with his normal meal) mixed in helped Annie at times. She really liked https://www.amazon.com/Purina-Fortif...Dog+probiotics I used ½ packet mixed into her breakfast at times. If things get really difficult, there is a prescription appetite stimulant.

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Old 11-04-2017, 05:32 AM
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Hello Jules! I'm one of the staffers on the K9Cushings forum, and I wanted to pop in to let you know that your registration over there has now been finalized. So you can begin posting any time that you wish.

In advance, I can tell you that it'll help us a lot if we can find out the exact numbers for the testing that was done to diagnose the Cushing's, as well as any subsequent monitoring tests. I believe I saw you referencing a recent cortisol drop from around 10 to around 5?

You've also mentioned Lysodren dosing twice a week -- has this always been your dosing pattern? Lysodren treatment more commonly begins with a daily "loading" period, followed by subsequent "maintenance" doses given 2-3 times weekly.

As you've probably already gathered, it can be very tricky to accurately diagnose Cushing's when a dog is in the midst of acute diabetic control issues. The two diseases can indeed occur jointly, but we've also seen instances where cortisol elevation was actually caused by the diabetes as opposed to being a primary problem in its own right. So that's why accurate diagnostics are so important in this type of situation.

Anyway, I know you're in great hands here in terms of your diabetes questions. And we'll surely be watching for you to start posting on K9C!

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