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Old 06-05-2011, 05:32 AM
 
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Right now he is on Blue Buffalo. He eats the dry most of the time. But then there are days where he'll eat the wet. He would not touch the science diet at all. He never was a picky dog, but he is now. His sugar is down to 407, needs to come down more. Then he has the thyroid problem. Vet just put him back on a low dosage of that medication yesterday. It's just frustrating, cause it's like as soon as we are on top of one thing, something else goes screwy.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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My dog has had diabetes about one year now, about 4months ago went competely blind, now that the weather is getting warmer it seems like his breathing is labored more..What is happening now?..His age is 9 years old. insulin 2x's a day with special dog food..Please help me understand what is going on in his body......Dog was acting fine, still acts like a young dog once in a while,but has changed since the weather is warmer.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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My dog has had diabetes about one year now, about 4months ago went competely blind, now that the weather is getting warmer it seems like his breathing is labored more..What is happening now?..His age is 9 years old. insulin 2x's a day with special dog food..Please help me understand what is going on in his body......Dog was acting fine, still acts like a young dog once in a while,but has changed since the weather is warmer.
It may be from the heat, heat can speed up the absorption of insulin especially lying in full sun which is not good for a diabetic pet. I don't know if you test your dogs blood glucose at home, it's a good thing to do and saves some time and worry on your part not to mention the costs of taking your dog to the vet for a bg check, when you feel something is wrong with your pet, testing his bg will show some answers.

This is some info about heat & insulin: I have pasted the info you need, it was taken from children with diabetes same applies to pets, it is mentioning short acting insulin but same applies to NPH or Vetsulin because we are talking about pets.

Insulin absorption
The absorption of insulin from the injection site can be influenced by a number of factors. Heat will
increase the absorption. If the room temperature increases from 20 to 35 C the absorption of short-acting insulin will increase by 50 - 60 %.

Most likely the part below does not pertain to your pet but it does explain about the heat and I don't think your pet is on short acting insulin or taking a sauna.

A 85 C sauna bath will increase the absorption by as much as 110 %! In other words, there will be a risk of hypoglycemia if you inject short-acting insulin shortly before the sauna bath. A hot bath (42 C) in a bubble pool may double the insulin level in your blood while a cold bath (22 C) will decrease the absorption of insulin.

For further reading you can click on the article but again it's help and information for diabetic children and their diets.

http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/...as_insulin.pdf

I hope this helps, you may like the k9diabetes forum all the info you need is there as well as any questions you may have. I send you a PM

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Old 03-29-2016, 07:24 PM
 
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jamerschris, I'm in the same boat you are. I've cried like a baby all night from getting the same news, although my very active and happy dog is only barely 5 years old. He was absolutely "fine" and normal on Saturday when we took a hike in the woods. By Monday, he was lethargic, lost a lot of weight, dehydrated and constipated. He got better for a few hours last night so I thought everything was ok and he just had a bad stomach ache. Today was much worse and the vet said his sugar was 685 when it should have been 70--100, and the only solution is insulin 2x/day very regular for the rest of his life, (maybe 8 or 10 years) at around $100 per month, or to put him down. I'm in this alone and I already work 2 jobs and erratic schedules, but yet I don't want to give up on my "son". I want him to feel good and be happy again. I'm struggling so much with my decision. Reading others posts that have gone through the shots, checking the sugar levels and diet and life style changes are not easy to read, but help me in thinking and weighing the odds. I am hurting so bad and just so upset, and I feel hopeless.
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:47 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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That's NUTS! I get my dog insulin at Walmart 6 weeks supply is $28 Bag of 10 needles/syringes $1 Katies get Shot at Noon & Midnight. 12 hours apart. All you need is a Rx from the vet take it to Walmart.

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