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Old 10-01-2018, 03:35 PM
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Default Re: Diabetes, Cushings and Pancreatitis in my Dog

Hi again.

With Yukon just starting out with 4 units of Vetsulin every 12 hours, the standard protocol most vets would follow to get a dog’s blood glucose under control would be:

1. Wait 5 to 7 days, allowing your dog’s body to adjust to the current insulin dose.
2. Perform a 12 hour blood glucose curve, testing his BG before eating and continue to test every 2 hours up to his next meal.
3. Evaluate the results of the curve.
4. If his lowest BG reading is greater than 150, increase insulin by 1 or .5 units.
5. Keep repeating steps 1 to 4 until the lowest BG is below 150.

The goal is to get where his BG is between 150 to 250 most of the day and his diabetic symptoms are gone.

As jesse girl said, 4 units twice daily is a very conservative starting dose for Yukon’s weight, but that’s OK. It’s safer to start out lower than higher. And home BG testing is a great way to help manage diabetes.

Stay vigilant with the pancreatitis and watch the fat. It looks like his current food has around 17% fat. That should be OK.

Hopefully, you won’t see any insulin resistance. Proceeding slowly is really the only way.

Natalie(k9diabetes) has provided some great info on managing a dog’s diabetes here...

If you have any questions, we’re here to help.
Lily is a 62 lb English Setter, born 07-27-2007.
Diabetes: Aug 2013 - Hypothyroidism: Dec 2013 - Cataract Surgery: Feb 2014
Insulin: Novolin R/N mix - Meter: ReliOn Prime
Nulo Adult Trim Cod & Lentils, Pumpkin, FortiFlora, Dasuquin, Thyroxine

Last edited by MikeMurphy; 10-01-2018 at 03:42 PM.
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