The growing epidemic of canine diabetes is a very serious issue. Not just once, but twice. Veterinarian Sheri Morris, DABVP, of Willamette Valley Animal Hospital in Keizer, Ore., offers a few thoughts about welcoming a new furry friend into your life. Many processed foods have little nutritional value and lots of salt and simple carbohydrates. The fourth ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. road traffic accident), even some drugs or toxins. Meet my vegan doggie, Daphne.
When this occurs, the solution is to LOWER, rather than to raise, the insulin dose. He also developed a thyroid condition post diagnosis but I don’t know if that had anything to do with the diabetes or not? The company is hoping that it will allow pet owners to care for their diabetic animals more effectively and enhance communication between the pet owner and the veterinarian. The second, Misty, lost all her vitality by age 5 and the last, Cody, developed cataracts around age 1. If you have a nursing dog, she will probably be fed by the free-choice method. Now, it is recommended that we feed a low carb diet. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
Pancreatitis can often be detected by your vet based on physical examination, detailed history from owner (especially questions about diet), as well as running laboratory tests including testing general levels of amylase and lipase enzymes, and canine specific pancreatic lipase– a useful and reliable diagnostic tool. Boil the water. We did BGs every so often and if it showed high we’d do a curve. It always ran in the mid to high 200s at low point. Of course, management of your dog’s insulin levels is one of the most vital parts of managing his diabetes, and Pet Diabetes Tracker can help with that too. Heck I wasn’t completely convinced myself. If you’re doing it this way, split the suggested amount found on the bag or you’ll feed it double what it needs.
Some dry diabetic dog food is healthy and safe for your dog, but these tend to be organic products and should be chosen carefully. However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet. After an episode of severe or chronic ‘grumbling’ (recurring) pancreatitis, this new feeding regime may have to remain permanent to prevent further episodes. Place 3 to 5 servings in your refrigerator and store the rest in the freezer. She was on 9 ½ units twice a day. He was willing to let me give her the a.m. Insulin is a hormone in the body that helps break down the carbs.
Imagine if you were forced to eat dried cereal every day for the rest of your life. This kept me from stressing her –not being able to eat at 5 a.m. The only way to fight this epidemic is to keep these processed foods out of our diets. Her glucose was high 300s at 8:30 a.m. and was flat all day mid 300s at 4:30 p.m. We upped her to 11 units for a month and did another curve. She was than low 300s to mid 300s .
We upped it again to 13 units and after a month did another curve. She was mid 300s and by 4:30 had dropped to 173. Grains make up a large percentage of dried commercial dog food. He thinks the insulin is lasting 14 hours instead of 12 and overlapping. He told me to use sticks before her 5 A.M. shot for three days. It came out as Neg.
as it could—the sticks turned blue and not green Neg. No blue on the chart. I bought new sticks and it was the same. She was Neg. The waiter gives you two dishes. Three days later her did a mini curve—5:30 P.M. no food –7:00 P.M.
food and shot-9:00 P.M. She was high 200s and at 7 dropped 30 points and at 9 went up to 285. He put her back on 11 units for now (for fear of overlap) but our choices are 13 units in A.M. and 9 in P.M. or changing to Vetsulin. I have read about crashes on Vetsulin and like her I am not fond of change. Because when your dog gets real dog food, he/she will be so much happier and healthier over the long run.
The strips only tell me she is dumping sugar. Does anybody else use Vetsulin or heard any bad things about it or should I go with two different doses and try that. I don’t want her border line crashing and don’t want her too high. I really need to get her system right. I just found out last week my 6 1/2 year old chihuahua has diabetes as well as 90% blindness due to cataracs. He was very fat but we figured it was due to him being fixed. His yearly visit to the vet went well last July.
Vet just said we needed to put him on a diet. Just in the past 2 months we noticed he was losing weight. We thought it was a good thing until he wouldn’t stop losing weight. Then we noticed his eyes were getting cloudy looking. I took him to the vet last week and that’s when he was diagnosed. The cataracs are from the diabetes and the weight loss is due to everything he eats turns to sugar and basicaly he was starving himself to death. I feel awful that we waited so long.
He requires insulin shots twice a day with a meal. It is very hard for us because we have a doggie door and another dog and they are used to the door being open constantly and my little man gets up before I do in the morning and starts roaming. I hate to shut the doggie door since he is only barely seeing through cracks in the cataracs, for fear he will run into it and not know when it is opened or closed. I don’t want to confuse him now. We leave real early and don’t get home till after 5:30 or 6pm. Not to mention he is not willing to stand still for the injection. Being a chihuahua he does try to nip.
I guess we will have to buy a muzzle for him. I hate to do that. I am so upset over this I don’t know what to do. Even though he is blind, he still seems to find his way around pretty good. We live on 7 acres and he moseys up the private road to the neighbors during the day. I am going to get something like a medic alert bracelet to put on his colar so everyone will now he is sick and blind. That way they can help him get home if he gets lost.
I’ve not lost hope but if there are any words of comfort or advice to help us with the injection nips and inability to give the shot twice a day, I would greatly appreciate it. Go to Barnes and Noble and get this book. “The Nature of Animal Healing” by Martin Goldstein, DVM. Pages 195 & 196 are on diabetes. Then think about finding a holistic vet in your area. They may/can develope a regimen to get the pancreas back working normally. I’m so sorry about your dog.
I just read your story and it’s very sad. Broke my heart to know you found out about the diabetes after he went blind. How sad. We found out our dog has diabetes last week. He’s always been a heavy drinker. . .
: ) (of water) and we thought that was strange. His brother doesn’t drink near what he does. . .our vet said that’s just because they’re different like people. Turned out after he quit eating and began peeing alot and couldn’t get enough water we found out he’s diabetic. The shots are kind of scary. He’s 6.
We pray he’ll get to live alot longer. We just found out our dog’s a diabetic last week. He’s a 6 year old black lab. Our vet started him out on Vetsulin. His initial sugar reading was 422. So far, he gets a shot at 7am – and 7pm – we got a glucose meter to check his blood with too. My husband checked him just before his shot and he was at 198.
8 hours later he was at 428. He had to go on a 12 hour fast and his reading was 123 today. But that was with no food at all. He’s lost 20 lbs in 2 weeks. I guess we don’t really know any other insulin’s except the Vetsulin. We haven’t heard anything bad about it. But so far, it he hasn’t leveled off any.
. . We’re supposed to go back to the vet Tuesday. I’ll ask our vet the negatives and positives of it. Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum.
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