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Old 08-05-2021, 04:00 PM
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hey everyone, haven't been on in a while, I miss it, hope you all are doing well, and well with your pups.
For a few weeks Riley's sugar has been high in the mornings. That usually happens with a new vial, seems to cause rebounds overnite. However, it carried on for 3 weeks, then as the vial got old, sugar improved, with a pinch extra insulin in his supper dose.
He may just need a slight increase.
But, he seems to sometimes struggle with stairs, but still jumps on the couch, long walks, etc.
Could his run of high sugars have caused weakness in his hind end? And what is that specific B12 that dogs get.
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Old 08-06-2021, 01:49 PM
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Ray its Methyl b12

have you done a recent curve to see if he needs a change in insulin or could be an adjustment in food needed and check his weight
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Old 08-19-2021, 03:20 PM
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Dogs usually have to have sustained high blood sugar for a while to suffer from neuropathy. BUT, if they are having issues with nerve transmission across the spine already, moderately high blood sugar can lead to neuropathy as well.

Do you have access to a veterinary neurologist?

They are the BEST route for sorting out these kinds of issues. GP vets generally have limited knowledge of precise tests and responses used to diagnose neuropathy and other nerve issues.

At one point, Chris had what looked like vestibular disorder. An exceptionally good vet tested him in person (can't be done over the phone) and some symptoms fit vestibular, some didn't, so he sent us to a neurologist. It cleared up within a few hours and the neurologist believed it was a transient clot.

Veterinary neurologists use specific sets of tests to determine where the weakness is coming from.

Could be it's arthritis. Certainly worth testing his proprioception - that's a basic test related to identifying neuropathy. Has to be done correctly.

https://www.vetfolio.com/learn/article/proprioception

https://www.dvm360.com/view/causes-a...gs-proceedings

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