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Old 01-17-2009, 05:28 PM
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Name: Black Magic
Breed: Minature Schnauzer - 11 y.o.
Weight: 28 # before diagnosis, 24.5 # currently
Diet: Science Diet R/D, 1 cp twice a day
Insulin: Vetsulin U-40
Injections: Started at 6 units once/day, now at 10 units twice/day and BG at 400 last week - returning to vet

Black Magic did the norm, drinking excessively and urinating in the house, vet started him on Vetsulin in early November 2008. His weight dropped rapidly as did his muscle tone and at Thanksgiving he was so weak in the hindquarters that he could barely walk. Continued weekly testing and insulin adjustment - now his weight has stabilized and his energy level, alertness, and strength are improving every day. Blood glucose remains above 400 even with the twice per day insulin. More testing this next week. Two kinds of Cushings tests were negative. Looking forward to getting the B.G. back into normal ranges.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:02 PM
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Welcome to you and Black Magic!

Gosh, I'm starting to think that if I was going to get a mini Schnauzer I'd just lay in the diabetes supplies right up front!

Glad you're continuing to test and monitor - are you testing blood glucose at home?

Vetsulin rarely ever works once a day - I wish they'd stop trying to sell it as a potentially once a day insulin. There's really no reason to expect it to work that way. He's coming up now on an average dose for his size so you should start to see better results in the next few weeks.

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Old 01-18-2009, 10:40 PM
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Welcome to the board bontemp and Black Magic.
I'm glad you found us, in time things will all be ok.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:30 AM
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Default Welcome Black Magic

Name: Black Magic
Breed: Minature Schnauzer - 11 y.o.
Weight: 28 # before diagnosis, 24.5 # currently
Diet: Science Diet R/D, 1 cp twice a day
Insulin: Vetsulin U-40
Injections: Started at 6 units once/day, now at 10 units twice/day and BG at 400 last week - returning to vet

Black Magic did the norm, drinking excessively and urinating in the house, vet started him on Vetsulin in early November 2008. His weight dropped rapidly as did his muscle tone and at Thanksgiving he was so weak in the hindquarters that he could barely walk. Continued weekly testing and insulin adjustment - now his weight has stabilized and his energy level, alertness, and strength are improving every day. Blood glucose remains above 400 even with the twice per day insulin. More testing this next week. Two kinds of Cushings tests were negative. Looking forward to getting the B.G. back into normal ranges.
1-21-2009 update - B.G. tests showed 400 AM, 280, back to 400 in PM so vet said to go to 12 units Vetsulin 2X/day - energy level and alertness are good
3-02-2009 update - B.G. tests getting better, now ranging from 125-275 with 13 units 2X/day, weight 25#
5-18-2009 update - weight 25.5#, still at 13 units 2X/day, double cataract surgery this week and successful

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Old 03-03-2009, 11:49 AM
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3-02-2009 update - B.G. tests getting better, now ranging from 125-275 with 13 units 2X/day, weight 25
Congratulations!!!! I'll bet you are so excited about this!

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Old 03-03-2009, 09:18 PM
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Great News !
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bontemp - So glad to hear that Black Magic is getting into a nice therapeutic range. That has to be quite a relief to you. I notice a little bit of weight gain too - nice added bonus.

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Hi and welcome to you and Black Magic. Happyto hear that bg's are getting better. Good luck to the two of you.

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Old 05-17-2009, 03:08 PM
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Default Black Magic on the Road to Recovery

11 y.o. Black Schnauzer, diagnosed with diabetes in late 2008, lost weight and noticeable muscle mass in his hind legs until we got his insulin level stabilized. Around Thanksgiving he was so weak that he could not climb stairs and could barely walk. Has recovered his weight and his feisty attitude. Cushings tests, so far, are negative. But then -- he went blind in both eyes over a period of 4 weeks but double cataract surgery last week brought him back and it looks like he'll have good sight.
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That is good to hear..... I'm thinking of having the cataract surgery done as well (trying to stabilize my dogs bg's better though right now)- eye doctor appt. on Saturday as my dog has cataracts in both eyes as well. Please keep us posted as this is a topic I'm very interested in- I will do the same.
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