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Old 06-10-2014, 04:52 PM
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Hi I've a recently diagnosed husky who is 9.5. The vet has struggled to get marked decreases in his blood sugar despite increasing the insulin to 2x 13 units. He's going into the vets tomorrow for a blood sugar curve. Really worried about my fur baby. Balto is on W/D dried food 560g a day. He went from 36kg (too heavy I know) to 29kg within a couple of months. His weight loss seems to be plateauing now we have upped the food levels. Already I've had a lot of comfort from reading the posts on this forum.

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Old 06-10-2014, 07:18 PM
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welcome Lorna! What is Balto's blood glucose running?
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:56 PM
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I think it is possible for a 63 pound dog on 13 units, that you may not have hit his dose yet. Many vets would have started him at 12 units so it is possible your vet started very conservatively and that is a good thing. It is important to start low and gradually go up. This process takes some time. I would love to see the numbers to see what is going on. If you can post those when you get a chance, we can take a look.

I know this is frustrating and overwhelming at first. When was he diagnosed exactly and what was his starting dose?
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:44 AM
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Hang in there it takes lots of patience my dog Murphy is 60 lbs almost 11 yrs old and has had diabetes for a year now, we are still having trouble regulating his BG. He started at 15 units when he weighed almost 70 lbs, since then he is now at 24 units twice daily. You probably still have a ways to go to get the right dosage, it's a long process but when you see your dog start getting better it is all worth it
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:35 AM
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Hello and welcome

It is very worrying at first. I think we have all felt like that - but being able to discuss worries with the group on here does help a lot. It does get much easier as you get used to it.

(And just to demonstrate the variety in dogs' insulin needs, our dog is also about 63 lbs and he started on 8 units and has ended up on about 14 ie a lot less than Murphy needs. When we started I had no idea that each dog is so different and you can't just calculate a dose of insulin as you do for other medicines.)

Hope it all gets easier as you go along.
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Thanks folks. Blood sugar curve didn't go too well today. Stayed around 33 then dropped to 28.6 at its lowest. The vet nurse got me to inject Balto in order they could let the vet know we were injecting right. Vet is going to get onto some helpline re the insulin and get back to me within 48 hours. Continuing with 13 units twice a day. Balto is sleeping just now as he's been awake all day at the vets. I'm lucky that he absolutely loves the vets.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:01 PM
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most of us hometest and also submit our curve results to the vet . based on the lowest number of the curve if its high like yours 28.6 we increase the dose by 1 unit wait 5 to 7 days and repeat the curve.

wondering why the vet needs to get a helpline re insulin. Seems he. Or she isnt that knowledgable in dog diabetes.
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Thanks my vet has experience with a lot of diabetic dogs and cats but I think he is trying to take it cautiously and he did want to see a bigger drop in the blood sugar. There's been practically no change despite gradually increasing over the last 3.5 weeks. He's on caninsulin via a vet pen.
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The biggest thing is to not raise the dose too fast or by too much. Your vet seems cautious and it is best to be patient. You are still virtually getting started. As I said, you may not have hit his dose yet and if the vet starts going all crazy raising the dose, you might miss the right dose and get into overdose, which is really a mess.
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Are you checking for ketones?

He's about 64 pounds so that dose is still fairly low for his size so I wouldn't hesitate to increase it.

Perhaps by 1 unit and hold for a week, then repeat until you see some movement downward in the blood sugar - not a huge drop but a start towardthe right dose, maybe 16-15 (300s and 400s) and then settle there for a longer period of time.

Is he on Caninsulin?

When was he diagnosed?

Are you considering test blood sugar at home?

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