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Old 12-04-2014, 03:34 PM
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Hello all! I am new to this forum thing and also new to dealing with a diabetic dog. My name is Jesse and my dog is Cowboy.

Recently I have noticed a dramatic change in Cowboys appearance and overall health. He began losing weight, them came the excessive water consumption and frequent urination. He has now become extremely skinny and will beg for human food over his dog food. My friend and I did a blood test on him via a human glucose meter (Relion Micro). The number was 589, so we called a vets office to find out more information. They say that dogs blood vs human blood is way different. I have read through some of the other post here and some say that these meters can be used to do this in dogs. I am utterly confused and am at a loss ....
I have an appointment set up for an initial visit with a vet tomorrow morning at 9am. Can anyone please help me out with what a meter reading between dogs and humans blood differences are? Thank you in advance!:confused
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:22 PM
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Welcome to the forum.
Only have a minute, but wanted to answer your question about meters and dog blood. Human style meters generally read dog blood lower than true. So your 598 is really probably over 700 true. A very rough conversion I've used with my Relion Prime meter is to divide the meter reading by .7 to get a reading that is somewhat close to true. Using the .7 conversion, your 598 would be 850. I'm not sure this .7 conversion is accurate at such high numbers, my tests are usually in the lower 100s and it's likely the conversion isn't the same at such high numbers. Even 598 is WAY too high and you are wise to see your vet ASAP.

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Old 12-04-2014, 04:35 PM
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Thank you so much, Craig! I absolutely appreciate your information and help!!
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:49 AM
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Hello and welcome to you and Cowboy, Jesse. Will be most interested in what your vet has to say.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:32 AM
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Welcome Jesse and Cowboy!

First rule... don't panic I know this is easier said than done, but to me you've already done one of the most important things, home testing. Now you just need to work with your vet to get Cowboy's blood sugar regulated. It takes time, but it also gets easier.

Hang in there, and please keep us updated.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:54 AM
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I don't have much advice to offer as I'm new to this also, but I wanted to say welcome, and that you have found the right place. Hoping you and Cowboy get things figured out quickly!
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Old 12-05-2014, 01:27 PM
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Looking forward to your report.

Tell us all about Cowboy: weight, type of insulin, starting dosage, what you have been feeding (and if you plan to switch), other medical conditions / medications, etc..

You might be at "overload" this afternoon, but realize many of our pups have had good, long lives with diabetes. My Annie is approaching 7 years diabetic, and although went blind last year, is doing GREAT.

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Old 12-05-2014, 02:19 PM
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With a high number like that and not on insulin, I would suggest getting your dog into the vet tonight. I think at the least, it would be good to test for ketones using ketone test strips that you can buy at the pharmacy, walmart, target, etc. Very important. Ketones need to be dealt with immediately.

So good that you tested and know that the glucose levels are too high.
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