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Aneng 08-22-2021 08:15 AM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
The Alphatrak 2 meter arrived this morning and I've just taken his first reading, exactly 12h after his breakfast. It's high.... 26.1 mmol = 469.8 mg/dL

I rang the emergency vet (Sunday) who said it was high but manageable for now and to do a proper curve tomorrow, which is what I'll do. Meantime, I'm out walking him now as I believe exercise helps to lower the glucose levels.

Riliey and Mo 08-22-2021 09:04 AM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
my vet tested at 6pm once a week. one test a week is wrong. no testing when first diagnosed is wrong.

congratulations on getting your first test done. your dog will thank you.

you need to get his blood sugar down then the peeing and barking and lifting will be over.

i wouldbe inclined to take him to a vet asap if you cant do a curve yourself. itsokay lots dont do curves a home.

469 is too high for too long and i.m sorry your stresed asi was too. he needs to get below 250 to avoid organ damage thats why i.m suggesting you takehim to the vet.

for now keep testing. you got this!!!!!

i just read your doing a curve tomorrow thats great....tomorrow you can raise his insulin 1 unit if all goes well with curve and there is No really low numbers

please post it.

Aneng 08-23-2021 12:26 AM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
I just took the first reading of his curve - BEFORE he had any breakfast (ie he'd just woken up). It's insane - 31.9 (571) ! I'm trying to get through to the vet now

Aneng 08-23-2021 12:42 AM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
I just spoke to the surgery and the receptionist asked the vets about the reading and they weren't worried - they said it was because he hadn't eaten and hadn't had his insulin. They advised me to feed him and give him his insulin as normal.

I have to trust them. In any case we'll have his curve data by the end of the day and he'll be getting a much bigger dose of insulin tomorrow which should get us moving significantly in the right direction.

Riliey and Mo 08-23-2021 09:49 AM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
yes your on the right path. good job. it can be scary at first

were all sleeping over here when you posted. i didnt here you

you got this

Aneng 08-23-2021 01:15 PM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
Hi. Almost there! We have managed to get 6 readings from him at 2h intervals - 7am, 9am, 11a, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm. My wife wasn't able to get a 7pm blood sample as he was so fed up of having his ears pricked by then, he bit her!

In any case, it wouldn't have helped any as all of the readings are between 460 and 560. It reached the lowest, 460, around 6h after his morning insulin jab then slowly crept back up.

I'm taking the readings and a urine sample to the vet first thing in the morning (8am here, 2am US Central Time) and I'll be waiting on their call then to tell me what his evening insulin dose should be and hopefully we'll be heading in the right direction and he'll start to feel a bit better. I have noticed a slight decline in him over the past few days or so, so I am pretty desperate to get this turned around as soon as possible. He's a little weak... things like scratching his ears with his back leg - he struggles to manage more than a few weak scratches before giving up whereas before he would sound like a drum beating. I'm terrified of losing him. He's my best friend and comforted me so many times when life has been less than kind to me. If I could only bottle the feeling I get when I'm laying in bed and he comes alongside me for a cuddle.... bliss. I'm never more at peace than those moments.

Thank you so much for responding to me here - I'm very grateful. It's just a relief to have someone to chat about it to. Pugsley is our first ever dog and we never had children so he's kind of become our only child. I'll update you when I hear back from the vet. Thankyou again.

Riliey and Mo 08-23-2021 02:05 PM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
i remebered theres a 6 hour difference from canada to the uk when i watched the wimbelton tennis

great you two got the curve done

looks like Pugleys should feel better soon.

upping insulin by .5 will or shouldl ower the bg by 50 points which isnt enough.

raising by 1 unit is 100 less which might be enough to make hm feel better.

my dog was 21 lbs and on 5 1/2 units of the more concentrated nph insulin.
caninsulin i used also and Riles needed 1 unit more.

your vet will.probably raise it by 1 to 4 units.

i would wait 3 to 5 days take more readings and adjust again to the lowest number.

post what the vet says okay

Riliey and Mo 08-24-2021 10:28 PM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!

i think its 7:30 your time. just thinking of Pugsley. how is he doing? did you see the vet?

Aneng 08-28-2021 12:26 AM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
Hi. Sorry I've been offline for a few days. I've been struggling with various things. The vet increased his insulin to 5 units twice a day and although I haven't checked his bloods, he seems a lot better on that. The drinking has reduced a lot, but not quite back to normal yet. We have other problems now though - he's developed a corneal ulcer on his blind eye and has a bad infection in both, so he's going to the vet again in an hour. His ears are smelling terrible and producing waxy discharge. I'll see what she can do to help.

jesse girl 08-28-2021 05:29 AM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
Yeah the high sugar can cause a growth in yeast and bacteria

I think if your dog has diabetic cataracts they need to take drops to keep the eyes from ulcerating and things like that which you are seeing . Sometimes talking to a specialist in matters like this can be helpful.

Good news the dose increase seems to be reducing diabetic symptoms. That is also important with testing blood sugar in managing the disease . Especially in the early stages.

The eye problems and the medication that goes along with it may affect blood sugar up or down so something to be aware of .

It can get a bit rough in the beginning . You two will get through this together

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