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Old 07-04-2013, 09:46 AM
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My conversion would make that 69 about 104, a good number. Guess I wouldn't take corrective action until Annie went below 60ish on the Prime (90ish true). Of course that's based on my conversion.

Have you thought about the $60 AlphaTrak2 promo?

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:09 AM
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Actually Craig, I should be getting my AlphaTrak2 tomorrow!

I'll let you know what the next number is at 2...corrective action being some Karo syrup or carb?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:19 AM
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That's a "every dog is different" sort of thing. With Annie (small pup), I would just give 5-6 pieces of her kibble to stop a drop. For years I'd do the yo-yo thing: she would go a bit low, I'd give honey + food, and two hours later she would be pushing 300 this would be something you will have to learn on your own because Vinny will react in his own way. Sorry

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Old 07-04-2013, 11:12 AM
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Well, we just came in to check on Vinny and he was very wobbly. I told my daughter we needed to do a check right then and it had only dropped to 66, but because of him being wobbly I did give him a little Karo syrup. Maybe since he's a big dog he's reacting to the drop this way? Right now I'm wishing I had that AlphaTrak today!

We're going to stay in and watch him for a bit now to see how he does.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:28 AM
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Hi!

You will definitely want to lower his next insulin dose.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:29 AM
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Better safe than sorry. You gotta make decisions and not second guess. Looking forward to the following tests

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Old 07-04-2013, 11:59 AM
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its not a good thing to see affects of low blood sugar but it does give information for the particular meter you are using and the level you do see hypoglycemic affects .

so i would say at this point in regulation and the symptoms your are seeing i would reduce the dose as tami stated and you would like those numbers above a 100

the problem with those levels it doesn't give much room to play with if you see some spontaneous activity
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8am 156
10am 118
12pm 69
2pm 66


I would be suspicious that in between 12 & 2 he dropped lower and was possibly on his way back up.

If you have another curve that will give you some indication of whether he had hit bottom. Sometimes if I saw a similar lowish number on the Prime and if I wasn't sure if Ruby had hit her lowest point yet I would test at 1 or 1/2 hour increments.

For interventions it is good to give a fast acting sugar and then a carby treat. That way the sugar goes to work quickly, but when it leaves just as quickly the carb will kick in instead of the dog going low again.

I had to give Ruby a fair amount of syrup and then treats, where as Patty would just rub a drop of.....honey?? on Ali's gums. You will need to see how your guy reacts. I would probably give him a small sized dog biscuit in addition to the syrup.

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Vinny's 4pm number is 86. I guess I was expecting more of jump since at 2 when his number was at 66 and was wobbly we gave him a bit of Karo and some of his food. Looking at your posts, maybe a cracker would have been better since we don't have dog biscuits? And when you say reduce his insulin dose...educate me on why and how much if you could?

I am looking forward to getting the AlphaTrak2 just so I know how far I'm off with the Prime!

I can't tell you how thankful I am for all your input! Now it's just for me to absorb.

Oh and I didn't mention that it appears Vinny 'twisted' his left front paw in the first joint playing with our other dog. He's limping a bit, but quits after walking on it a bit. Could this be affecting things one way or the other?
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:24 PM
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Tight regulation is a great thing IF you're always going to be home with him... Such as catching the lows. I for one work full time and both my dogs go in and out as they please. Which means barking and running the fence with the mailman, ups guy, squirrels etc. and you know what all that can do to a bg!!

I use the One Touch and have always taken the readings at face value. No conversions. Tiggy has been between 125 and 250 now for a couple years. That 125 has given me enough wiggle room to not even worry about her when I'm gone 9- 10 hours in a day. You might want to consider this for when you go back to work

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