My Dog has Diabetes, So now what?

Your life or your dogs life isn’t over with. My Dog, Bender leads a happy health life. He goes for runs. Plays with his sister Luna, Eats and gets treats. But he also gets shots twice a day and his blood sugar checked.

First I must say Bender’s diabetes is different from most dogs. There is as of right now some thing else affecting him that we can’t figure out. The vet doesn’t know nor do I. This has caused Bender’s diabetes to be an extreme case. If your dog has major problems like mine, please let me know.

Because there is some thing affecting Bender beyond his diabetes, it is hard to control. He is getting close to 80 units from a U100 needle a day which is a lot for a 50lb dog on special food.

- Get your dog on your vet’s recommend food for your diabetic dog.
– Get a glucose meter and supplies
– Find insulin that will work for your dog
– Find a good place to get supplies
– Get on a schedule

- Get your dog on your vet’s recommend food for your diabetic dog.
Bender is on Hills Science Diet W/D
- Get a glucose meter and supplies
AlphaTrack Blood Glucose Monitoring System Meter
AlphaTRAK Blood Glucose TEST STRIPS – 50 Count
LANCETS – Not all lancets are the same buy a decent quality one, it will probably run you $10-15 for a box of 100. I’ve used the cheaper ones – $5 for a box of 100 and they suck.
- Find insulin that will work for your dog
Bender was on Humilin, my vet since switched him to Vetsulin. Ask your vet for options. I pay $25 for a 10ml bottle of vetsulin.
- Find a good place to get supplies
I buy from http://www.americandiabeteswholesale.com/ I get U100 needles for humans.
- Get on a schedule

If you have to give your dog daily shots get on a schedule that works for you and your dog. Bender eats Hills Science Diet W/D twice a day, 8am and 6pm. He gets a set amount almost 3 cups a meal. 6 cups a day. He doesn’t get to eat from his bowl all day. If he doesn’t eat it all in 10mins, which is very rare that he leaves any, I pick it up. He gets a shot right after he eats at 8am, and after he eats at 6pm.

For you it might be different. You might find 7am and 7pm works with your schedule and your dogs schedule.

I give Bender his shot right after he eats because his blood sugar skyrockets really fast. This I found out from checking his blood sugar. For you, your dog’s sugar might go up slower. So you might find a shot 12hrs a part might be better for you. The important thing is is to get a good profile of your dog’s blood sugar, and ask your vet what the best schedule is and make sure it will work for your dog and you.

Just remember to always ask your vet about changes. If they aren’t helping you out ask much as you feel they should, fine another vet.

Let me know what your schedule is like for your dog and their shots.

54 Responses to “My Dog has Diabetes, So now what?”

  1. Patricia

    Just got my 6yr old Zeke back from vet yesterday. His two week stay at the vets has been rough. He is currently on 24units insulin and 2 baytril a day. He didn’t want me testing him at home but I’m not sure if that is good. He wants him back in 2 weeks for blood work. I have him on a 7-7 feeding schedule with pill and 12 unit shot to follow but he seems to be fluctuating. He gets really tired about 30 mins after shot and lays around. Is this normal. Vets isn’t sure if glucose levels are causing high white count or an infection is causing glucose fluctuation. What course do I need to head.

  2. Jeff Mendelsohn

    Patricia,

    How long has Zeke had diabetes? Just some thing you found out about?

    I’m not a Vet so I would listen to your Vet on what Zeke needs. Beyond that, if your dog is on baytril (anti-biotic) , then I am assuming he is sick in some way. This will have an affect on glucose levels. How much I don’t know.

    The glucose fluctuation could be caused by stress of being at the vet or the type of food he is eating or both.

    What food is Zeke on? If it is something like Hills Science Diet W/D or Purina veterinary diets DCO, then you will never get him regulated. But if he is on a good diabetic friendly food like Wellness Core Grain Free Reduced Fat, then it probably isn’t food.

    I would get Zeke well again and after his baytril run evaluate this glucose levels. If he is not of a diabetic friendly food, then get him on one. Some structured daily exercise if possible.

    If you Vet doesn’t want you to test at home ever, then that is a red flag. Testing at home will help you regulate insulin needs. It will be less stressful and in general a better long term solution.

    Bender has always taken a nap after eating. But you know your dog the best. Has he always done that after eat? Or is it something new in the last few weeks?

    -Jeff

  3. Patricia

    The vet has him on Hills w/d wet and dry. He went in because of frequent urination that was abnormal. White count was extremely high as well as glucose levels. Liver and kidney numbers were up as well.

    He was usually really active until his stay at vet. Now he is less active and “just tired”. My mother is diebetic so I can see the similarity in symptoms.

    I would like to try moringa but vet doesn’t want/believe in homeopathic help ( I won’t use remedy because I am not foolish enough to believe is a cure but maybe it could help).

  4. Jeff Mendelsohn

    Patricia,

    Getting Zeke off Hills w/d wet and dry will help big time. It is a terrible food for diabetics. Lots of fillers (corn & rice) = sugar. Finding a good food like Wellness Core Grain Free Reduced Fat or similar will help you get Zeke regulated.

    Diabetes in humans is very similar to diabetes in dogs. The only difference is a dog can’t tell you they don’t feel good or have high or low blood sugar. So you have to be the one to pay attention. Garbage in, Garbage out. You have to be the one to feed health food to your dog.

    The key is keeping to a schedule, good food diabetic friendly, and daily structured exercise. Regularly checking blood sugar levels and adjusting when necessary.

    As for moringa, I would get Zeke off of Hills w/d wet and dry first and onto a good diabetic friendly food, then regulated before exploring that route.

    Also, if your Vet didn’t check for cushings and pancreatitis, have that done too. It also doesn’t hurt to call around and find a Vet that knows more about canine diabetes. It makes a huge difference.

    -Jeff

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