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Old 02-03-2015, 07:54 PM
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Although he has always been bonded to me, seems he hangs closer now than ever before ...... maybe it's the added attention!

Any time he sees me put on my shoes, grab a coat or hears the jingle of my car keys, he's ready to go! He knows a hike or a trip into town is about to be made.

And, he still does his self-hikes each morning for about 30 minutes to an hour. We live on a very low traffic rural road that dead-ends about two miles past our drive. So, vehicles is not an issue for him...
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:34 PM
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always carry some kind of liquid sugar with you like karo honey syrup those kind of things never leave home without it

its always best to be prepared
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:50 PM
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I feed him around 7:00 am and 5:30 to 6:00 pm, with injections about 15 to 30 minutes after each meal.

When would a sudden drop in Glucose Level most likely be expected?

As for a trail hike, we do them in the afternoon on weekends. So, he's generally into that morning meal 5 to 6 hours by the time we begin a hike. Could a drop in glucose be likely that long after a meal and insulin injection?

And, yes, we do keep honey in the vehicles in case it is needed. Seems someone noted that I need to be prepared for an episode of low to extreme low blood glucose incident should it arise.
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:15 PM
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Great report! One concern - If Scruff continues to lose weight, you might want to consult the vet or make the decision to increase his calories. Of course, you will have to most likely up his insulin as well. I don't know if it is an immediate worry, just something to watch out for. Since you guys are so active, you want to make sure he is getting enough food to maintain his weight.

Sudden drop would most likely occur during or after exercise.
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:59 PM
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We had a very active weekend. Saturday, February 7, 2015, we did a 4.5 mile hike and today, Sunday, we did a 3 mile hike.

Considering how dogs go out and come back as the hike progresses, I suspect Scuff hiked 8 to 10 miles total.

Scruff seemed to do just fine... plenty of energy! I took along some sting cheese and frozen (thawed) cut green beans for his snacks!

His appetite has stayed about the same. However, it seems his morning meal needs to be a little smaller, as he has not been eating it all. The evening meal is all consumed.

Unless you read the first posts to this Thread, we've always taken Scruff with us on weekend hikes! So, we hope to continue the routine until the obvious hits us in the face.

He does get considerable exercise everyday...
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:38 PM
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So exciting that Scruff just keeps on keeping on!
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:06 AM
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This is very difficult to report and I did consider letting this Thread about Scruff just fade off into history. However, I feel compelled to share the progress as it has unfolded since early January, 2015 so others can more realistically see what they "may" be facing with blood Glucose level testing.

Although a week or so ago, I was able to do a "curve" of the Glucose level for Scruff using the Alpha Trak test kit purchased from Amazon, the procedure has become, to say the least, extremely difficult.

Scruff absolutely hates the sight of the lancet and test meter ........ he now refuses to cooperate in any manner!

As of today, the plan is to stop putting him through something he does not like and that causes him such emotional stress.

I will continue with the urine test strips and maybe take him to the Vet periodically for a Glucose level test. As I stated in the intro, the Vet has managed several animals (with references that I did contact) that lived happy lives without daily or scheduled periodic blood testing via the meter.

So, this is how it looks and I see it to be:

-Scruff has adjusted to the new diet and related routine
-no indications of low sugar (will always be prepared if the need arises)
-appetite has stayed basically the same
-has adjusted to the new snacks (mostly string cheese and frozen/thawed cut green beans)
-he exercises daily with no indication of problems such as weakness
-still likes to play with his toys
-he is always excited to see the grand children come visit
-he does not mind the insulin injections at all
-obviously the 5 units twice per day is working as he no longer drinks loads of water, no more accidents, etc.
-the highest reading on the test strips was last Saturday when we took him hiking. For some strange reason, he did not eat much that morning but I did give him 4 units of insulin. Also, one of the hikers unknowingly gave him a treat. So, when we got home that evening, the strip test indicated 500 but the blood level test showed 290.
-since he is not neutered, "hiking" to mark his territory is his hallmark, thus, obtaining samples via use of urine test strips can be done pretty much throughout the day. Nightly, he wants out about two times... so, I don the appropriate attire and go out with him to obtain a reading. He seems to enjoy the new company as he investigates the surroundings!

So, a big thanks to this web site and all who have provided supportive comments and suggestions!

Lastly, we will know when it is time to give up the endeavor and face reality! Until then, we plan to allow Scruff the freedom he has always enjoyed, supported with little to no stress!

Again, thanks for all you've done for Scruff!
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:36 AM
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Aw, Give Scruffy a hug from me, I don't like needles either! As long as he is happy, nothing else matters, best of luck!
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Old 02-14-2015, 02:36 PM
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I can understand that. Well controlled diabetes is worth nothing if Scruff is miserable. It sounds like he's happy, having fun, and enjoying his life, and ultimately that's all that matters. We would love to continue to get updates on the little guy!
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Glad he is doing well and loving life!
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