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Aneng 08-17-2021 03:33 AM

Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
 
Hi.

My 12 year old baby boy has just been diagnosed as diabetic. It's not under control yet as despite 2 X 3ml injections of insulin daily, he's still drinking to excess and is peeing gallons. We've been told he can only have two meals a day, with his injections. This is proving impossible for him and us as a few hours after his first meal, he's yapping loudly and continuously for food. This goes on all day long until his evening meal. We are at the end of our last nerves with the continual yapping, not to mention he thinks we're being mean to him.

He's also mostly blind and needs carrying up and down stairs, so I'm up half the night taking him for a pee. I'm feeling unwell through lack of sleep and the stress of him yapping all the time.

What can we do ? I can't cope with this!

Riliey and Mo 08-18-2021 12:35 PM

Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!
 
hi and welcome to you and your dog.

first off feed only twice a day. once hes close to regulation he.ll stop barking and settle down nicely

take a deep breath his is along journey. consider home testing your dog you.ll be more in control of his blood sugar. i did. lots do.

please provide how.much he is eating, ? how much does he weigh?

if can post any recent curves done.

hang in there..lets get this peeing stopped!

does he have back leg weakness so u have to carry him?

k9diabetes 08-19-2021 03:13 PM

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I'm sorry your boy is having a hard time adjusting to two meals a day - and pugs do tend to make a fuss when they're unhappy! ;)

Two meals a day is best - how long since he was diagnosed?

How much does he weigh?

And it sounds like he's getting 3 units of insulin twice a day - presumably canininsulin.

Have any curves been done?

Best way to regulate your boy is to test his blood sugar at home. See the main website for information on how to do that - www.k9diabetes.com

If his blood sugar is still quite high, he is literally starving because he's not getting the benefit of his food. Once his blood sugar is lower, he should be less hungry.

And if stress is makiing his blood sugar worse, you could try low / no calorie snacks between meals. Vegetables like green beans and broccoli can work well (our diabetic dog wouldn't touch them...) Or very small bits of protein like white meat chicken... really small. But try to avoid it if you can.

In terms of blindness, he should adjust to that as time goes on and need less potty trips. Can you sleep downstairs for a while? Also, a ramp on the stairs could help him navigate it himself better. Stairs definitely can take a while to master.

Let us know more about him and his blood sugar at the moment.

Natalie

Aneng 08-20-2021 04:21 AM

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Hi Both. Thanks for your kind words and advice. He's 10Kg / 22lbs. I don't know the weight of the food we give him yet, but his morning and evening meals are quite substantial. He's on 3 units of Caninsulin, twice daily. His blood sugars must still be very high because he is drinking an enormous amount. I ordered an AlphaTrak 2 Starter Kit which should be arriving either today or tomorrow and I need to get his blood sugar under control asap as it's been two weeks now since he was diagnosed and I suspect he was diabetic for a while before that.

I have telephoned the vets to ask one of them to call me to advise on what the process is for adjusting his insulin dose but they take forever to call back - if they remember. Even trying to get through to them in the first place isn't easy.

So.... can I ask you fine folks what I need to be doing in order to work out an appropriate dose for Pugsley please ?

Here's the love of my life..... xxxx

(sorry - I can't seem to get the image to appear here but it's at this link:- https://i.postimg.cc/QdgKWhz4/20210307-172635.jpg )

Riliey and Mo 08-20-2021 08:58 AM

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good your getting the alphatrack. i used it too.

love his picture he is soooo cute.

thing is amount of food you feed your dog is just as important as insulin. everything goes by weight.

can you get a measuring scale. read the back of the bag for feeding instructionson a 22 lb dog or go to their website and check the feed guide.

food and insulin need to meet up to start the regulation process.

post his food and i can look it up for you.

check out the links in the forum telling you how to start home testing okay? i put Riles between my legs snug flippedup his upper lip.
i used the plain lancet not the device jabbed his inner lip with the test strip and meter. turn off sound on the alphatrack

we can help you let us know when the meter arrives but you need to know the right amount of food you feed first. we dont want to give insulin with not enough food.

Aneng 08-20-2021 09:30 AM

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Hi. Thanks for that. I'm so relieved to have more experienced folk to discuss this with. I've been so stressed about it all. Thank you!

His food is usually a mixture of stuff but I'm becoming aware that we need to remove as many variables as possible so a standard diet of the same food every day might be required. I'm not sure what is best as he's always been a very spoiled pug and a picky eater although he's a lot less picky now he's only getting fed 12h apart!

Right now, he's getting 2 X pork sausages, a small handful of dry kibble, a large slab of "Naturo" Turkey & brown rice wet food and a tablespoon of a fibre supplement. We're in the UK so brands will differ if you're in the US or elsewhere. He also gets a chew treat or two immediately after his meals.

I spoke to the vet today about what to do with the meter when it arrives and she said that we should do a curve test on Wednesday as it will be two weeks since he started on insulin by then. I am concerned about the amount of water he is drinking though that the vet did not seem very bothered by that.

Thank you for all of your kind words and help. I am sure Pugsley and I will be regular visitors here :-)

Thanks again,

keV

Riliey and Mo 08-20-2021 10:36 AM

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yes thats correct to do a curve right away
drinking alot of water and frequent peeing still after 2 weeks is not good.
3 units doesnt seem to be enough and a low dosage to start on.

.25 times the dogs weight to start insulin so for 32 lbs x .25 equals 5.5 units.

do the curve then adjust the insulin only according to the lowest number.

you need a good quality dog food low fat
remove the sausage and dog chew treats add in frozen chopped green beans.

choose one food the dry or the wet turkey then give the recommended amount according to the feed guide.

test after feeding only inject when hes over 200.

Riliey and Mo 08-20-2021 10:51 AM

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22 lbs is 9.8 kg which is 1 3/4 tin of wet

divide 1 3/4 by 2 every 12 hours (7/8)??

https://www.naturopetfoods.com/adult...elly-390g-x-12

this looks like the best one

Aneng 08-22-2021 12:22 AM

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The vet told me that we have to wait until Wednesday to do the curve as it takes the body two weeks to settle after a dose change (in this case from zero to three units). I知 really not looking forward to getting blood from him every two hours, even though most of the tests will be done by my wife as I知 in work all day.

On a personal level, I知 really struggling to cope with it. I知 getting little sleep as he needs to be carried to his water bowl and downstairs and out the back to pee at least twice a night. He doesn稚 seem to be able to hold it for long either now... last night I heard two barks and that was it.... puddle time.

I知 getting very very stressed about it all, not helped by the fact I知 a worrier and suffer with anxiety that I知 on meds for. His sight seems to be getting worse too.... what little there is left of it. I知 absolutely dreading the day we lose him. He痴 our first ever dog and we have no kids so he痴 slipped into the role of being our child.

By far the hardest aspect for us at the moment is the barking for food.... the endless piercing 土ap yap yap yap yap. I know it痴 bad for him but sometimes I give in and give him a chew or a small snack, in an attempt to silence him until his second meal. Our entire lives are focused on and revolving around him. My wife is stressed too. I have started having the occasional cigarette which is a stupid move for an unfit 57 year old with a heart attack behind him. I love him dearly but this is extremely stressful for me right now.

jesse girl 08-22-2021 08:09 AM

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So at this point you don't exactly know the blood sugar level but its probably high . In the states you can by strips to test for ketones at home which that is something to keep an eye on

A week to 2 weeks to let a new dose settle is normal but with the symptoms a week maybe more appropriate

Dogs usually do just fine with the loss of eyesight and usually can handle high sugar for sometime but ketones can be problematic as I discussed .

Most caretakers get there dogs to a better place and mostly live normal happy dogs lives with some limitations . It can take up to 6 months but a few months is about normal

Aneng 08-22-2021 08:15 AM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!
 
goodmorning

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

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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

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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

Aneng 08-29-2021 01:28 AM

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All hell broke loose yesterday. I took him to the vet who said his ulcer was really bad and the eye was in danger of popping. She discussed euthanasia but I'm not giving up on him that easily. She said it was an emergency so referred me to a specialist eye surgeon, 90 miles away. She injected him with morphine and I set off. Luckily he slept most of the way. The eye surgeon said the ulcer was perforated and in any other dog, she would have removed the eye there and then but because of his adverse history with general anaesthetic, she thought there was a high risk of death if she put him under, so we have an aggressive treatment regime to follow, 4 different eye drops, 6 times a day, antibiotics etc. We are finding it impossible to get the drops in him though. He fights so much. Before my wife left for work this morning, we manage to get all 4 drops in, but not without a fight and he bit both of us.

I have no idea how I'm going to cope on my own.

Riliey and Mo 08-29-2021 06:40 AM

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really sorry your going through a rough time with Pugsley.

with the diabetes very hard to control and more insulin needed because of the infection i would of opted to take the risk and remove the eye.

there is an easy way to give dogs medication, needles etc. they cant bite

heres some links to Hammocks slings, you can make your own. sit him on a table then lift him up into the sling with 5 holes in it. take blood sample, inject insulin, put in eye drops
all done.

https://thesimplecraft.com/diy-dog-grooming-hammock/

https://www.amazon.com/dog-grooming-...grooming+sling

https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/92183123606742326/

Aneng 08-31-2021 06:27 AM

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You think that having him in a sling will make it easier to get eye drops in? He will still be free to move his head away from the dropper - he fights like a cat at the moment - you really think a sling will stop him doing that? I'll try anything!

Riliey and Mo 08-31-2021 08:33 AM

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Rob3ddd got a hammock

read his post

pugsley would bemore relaxed in a hammock i think. youd havemore control

Aneng 09-01-2021 07:43 AM

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We're taking him back to the eye hospital tomorrow for an assessment. If his eye hasn't progressed as they hope they will have to remove it under general anaesthetic. They've already warned me that he's very high risk from the anaesthetic plus if there is anything of his thrombocytopenia left, the eye socket could bleed and not stop and they don't carry blood as they are just an eye hospital.

I've already convinced myself I'm going to lose him and I'm in bits. He's everything to me and more.

jesse girl 09-01-2021 09:04 PM

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Its not uncommon to see this problem with diabetic dogs .I wish your decision would be easier for you .

My jesse was on deaths bed over 11 years ago with complications from uncontrolled diabetes and miraculously she pulled through and proved me wrong on many occasion that her time was up in the 11 years she was diabetic

There is always hope . The vet needs a good plan and have them discuss that with you before any surgery

Aneng 09-09-2021 04:05 AM

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He's been drinking a lot lately again and my wife has just done a blood test - 30.8 (560mg/dl) - and that is 4h30 after eating and 5 units of insulin. She's phoning the vets now. We messed up last night and couldn't remember if he'd been fed and injected, so in the end we fed him and on the advice of the emergency out-of-hours vet, didn't give him any insulin in case he'd already had one shot earlier.

jesse girl 09-09-2021 10:54 AM

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That has happened to all of us from time to time .You just give the normal dose at the next shot time . Not much you can do but give plenty of access to water . The numbers should go back down once insulin is reintroduced .

Aneng 09-12-2021 05:55 AM

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We are finding this impossibly stressful. It wouldn't be too bad if he was the kind of old dog that slept all the time but he's fairly active and it's hell trying to follow him everywhere as his eyesight has gone completely now. He bumps into everything, he has to have his cone on most of the time. I'm at work in the day and my wife works from home. She's finding it impossible to work and watch over him. She's getting really depressed over it and we are arguing. I don't know how much longer we can keep on doing this. It's not so much the diabetes - I know we haven't got his bloods under control yet - it's the blindness. We are both desperate to offload him onto the other one at the first opportunity - which sounds awful as we genuinely adore him - but the stress levels are very high. At this rate I'm genuinely not certain which of the three of us is going to die first. I've had a heart attack in the past and my wife is diabetic herself with high blood pressure.

jesse girl 09-12-2021 02:00 PM

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My Jesse developed canine cognitive dysfunction(doggie dementia) in her latter years. The diabetes was hard that first year but after that it was a breeze .CCD was very difficult . It is a progressive disease and gets more and more chalang9ing to deal with . Now I am semi retired and have not worked for over a year so keeping an eye on her was doable and I was happy to do it as she has done so much for me . Its the least I could do .

I figured ways to work with the new challenges to make it a bit easier for Jesse and me but I was limited in terms of time leaving her alone but she had no problem giving me 4 hours

Now with her gone since the beginning of the summer I am traveling extensively which I have not done since she became diabetic some 11 years ago but I would give all that up to have her back in my life even as she was .

As My mom always said who I lost early in the year no one ever promised you a rose garden . You do the best you can with what you got . Figure ways to make things a bit better and live life within that moment.

Judi 09-14-2021 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Aneng (Post 169001)
We are finding this impossibly stressful. It wouldn't be too bad if he was the kind of old dog that slept all the time but he's fairly active and it's hell trying to follow him everywhere as his eyesight has gone completely now. He bumps into everything, he has to have his cone on most of the time. I'm at work in the day and my wife works from home. She's finding it impossible to work and watch over him. She's getting really depressed over it and we are arguing. I don't know how much longer we can keep on doing this. It's not so much the diabetes - I know we haven't got his bloods under control yet - it's the blindness. We are both desperate to offload him onto the other one at the first opportunity - which sounds awful as we genuinely adore him - but the stress levels are very high. At this rate I'm genuinely not certain which of the three of us is going to die first. I've had a heart attack in the past and my wife is diabetic herself with high blood pressure.

Dogs are really adaptable with the blindness. With my Jenny once she bumped into things she figured out her territory. We fenced some areas off like stairways. Natalie has a video somewhere of her Chris who I think she compared to a bumper car. Watching that video helped me when Jenny first went blind. Hang in there. I took my blind Jenny to visit my parents in a very crowded house. She figured out where her food and bed were quickly, her nose did all of the work.

I'd try to block off the scary areas and let him bump around a little. We put some extra rugs down to try to give our dog things by feel to help her gain perspective.

Aneng 09-14-2021 09:24 AM

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Thanks so much to everyone replying. It helps to know I'm not alone. Pugsley's blood glucose has not shifted much at all from the 500's. Although a test today put him at 15.8 (sorry can't convert at the moment) which is the closest to normal he's got so far. The vet doesn't know this new figure yet but advised an increase to 6 units twice daily. She was warning me that she wouldn't want to take it much higher as he might suddenly crash. She also warned that he's on the edge of going into ketoacidosis and suggested euthenasia might be a kinder option soon.

I've changed his diet as I read that his original food contained brown rice which is not the super food it's claimed to be as it's still carbs. His fibre supplement he got every day was also made with sugar beet fibre and other things with fructo-something so I've stopped that too.

I need ideas on what to feed him as I'm clueless. I'm happy to cook anything for him or buy commercial food if that's better.

I have this terrible sinking feeling that I'm going to lose my best friend and I'm going to have to take him to his death. I'll do anything to save him.

jesse girl 09-14-2021 12:15 PM

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I think raising the dose to what is considered insulin resistant which is your dogs weight total to the amount of insulin for one dose of insulin . An example would be a 10 pound dog getting 10 units of insulin per dose .So you raise or lower based on the lowest number in the curve

I have seen dogs on this forum including my jesse have high numbers like your pup and once on insulin never went ketoacidosis. If not showing fairly extreme symptoms of thirst and urination I would not be concerned about it and have not heard a vet make that comment before .

Dogs crashing with testing at home is actually quite rare . It would take allot of insulin above what was needed for that to happen in most cases. So onc3e agin focus on regulation and you dont need a vet to accomplish that . I gave up on jesse vet over 11 years ago and went it alone with the help of the forum to guide me .It not complicated.

As far as food I home cooked for Jesse . I grind up green leaf and other vegetables in a food processor ,hard boiled egg ,canned mackerel , pinto beans, chicken and garnet yam sweet potatoes ( carbs are a necessary component in k9 diabetes ) . This diet worked well for Jesse living 11 years with the disease to an age of 16 and diabetes did not affect her life and she did not die from it

You can post some curves if you would like and we can have a look

Judi 09-14-2021 12:28 PM

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Jenny was high for a few months too. It turned out she had cushings but my vet just slowly kept raising the dose. Like JesseGirl said, you are monitoring him. He shouldn't go into ketoacidosis.

I obsessed over food for a long time. Felt like it had to be perfect. My vet recommended one of the canned foods that everyone criticizes. My dog's eye doctor recommended another canned food. The bottom line is that you want to feed them what they will eat. Dogs that won't eat are harder to regulate.

We used both of those canned foods for a couple of years until she got sicker and wouldn't eat them.

Fiber is good to help the insulin last. Consistency matters so the food goes with the insulin dose.

So, pick something that he will eat, stick to it, and give him the same amounts every day. I had special duck jerky treats for when I gave insulin. I was consistent with it! LOL

The bottom line is don't drive yourself crazy. You don't have to be perfect. Just be consistent.

Judi

Aneng 09-15-2021 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by jesse girl (Post 169006)
As far as food I home cooked for Jesse . I grind up green leaf and other vegetables in a food processor ,hard boiled egg ,canned mackerel , pinto beans, chicken and garnet yam sweet potatoes ( carbs are a necessary component in k9 diabetes )

Could you give me quantities for that recipe please ? That sounds very nutritious and if it worked for Jesse, it should also work for Pugsley. Thanks !

Aneng 09-17-2021 07:23 AM

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He was 558 yesterday and is 378 today. This is like six weeks or more now of high glucose levels. I'm getting really scared that he might go into ketoacidosis.

How long can a dog stay with these levels before it becomes a serious risk?

jesse girl 09-18-2021 05:10 PM

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It was a third of a cup for the chicken ,pinto beans and greens and vegies . the caned mackerel was a big spoon of it . She got 2 hardboiled eggs but switched to one last year . the yam was a big spoon of it . I used powdered egg shells for calcium that i grind up in a coffee grinder . Had plenty of shell from the hard boiled eggs

One blood sugar number has little meaning as its just one moment in time

How are physical symptoms as far as drinking and urination ?

Aneng 10-23-2021 07:49 AM

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Just an update.... after talking to one of his previous vets, who advised increasing his insulin to 8 units twice daily, his blood sugars have finally come down to normal levels. Unfortunately, he is now almost completely blind and deaf. The biggest problem we have now is that he will not tolerate being left alone. I don't mean 'left alone in an empty house' - I mean 'have nobody physically next to him for more than 30 seconds'. He barks and barks and barks until someone sits next to him to smooth him.

We can't do anything... we can't go anywhere... I can't even cook a meal if I'm in the house alone with him, unless I have him in my arms and try to prepare food one-handed.

How can I get around this ?

Riliey and Mo 10-23-2021 02:22 PM

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hi

sorry your having this problem. he must be scared. but on the other hand you have a life.

you could try borrowing a good sized open crate and put him in it for a few minutes at a time maybe put it in the kitchen. leave the door open for a few times then give him atreat and close the door for say 15 minutes at a time.

getting him a friend might help more work for you though.

getting him a dog sitter maybe

so glad your getting him regulated.

MomtoMax 10-24-2021 03:18 PM

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We were diagnosed (Max my Corgi) and me his caregiver about the same time. While I don稚 have Max under control by any stretch, I do understand a lot more about this trying condition! You really need to do more frequent curves to understand what he reacts to, and BTW, stress is a big one easily felt thru you! If you haven稚 read it, 典he other end of the Leash taught me a lot in dealing with my rescued GSD who was probably ex-military or a peace officer痴 dog based on training received before we adopted him. He has PTSD and I致e read a LOT about this in dogs
I don稚 recommend home cooking either as you are stressed out enough about cooking for yourself, let alone your dog Diets need to be balanced and this, in cooking for a dog, is way more difficult than cooking for a person, IMHO. That said, you can add fresh foods to your dog痴 kibble! And I致e found this can make a big difference in BG numbers! I feed Acana Heritage meats, which is grain free. I also add grated zucchini and baked, skinless chicken breast to his kibble. He痴 done really well with this, but PLEASE pass it by your vet before you choice to go this route as you6池e now looking at Ketoacidosis!
If you do really want to do the total home cooked diet, please consult a professional! One suggestion would be Monica Segal as I trust her, she痴 has a background and a degree in animal nutrition.
Hang in there!
Donna and Max the Corgi


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