We just found out our chocolate lab, Sugar is diabetic and may have some kidney problems. They are hospitalizing her overnight to give her IV's to make sure she isn't dehydrated. Does or has anyone here have/had a diabetic dog? If so, were there lots of problems?
Thank you so much IR. I'm worried about the diabetes of course, but way more worried about the kidney problems. Seems the diabetes can be pretty easily managed.....the kidney problems not so much. I can't even say how worried I am and how badly I'm stressing over this.
I only have experience with diabetic cats. The best advice I can give you is to educate yourself about canine diabetes, home test(extremely important no matter what the vet tells you), and make sure you have a vet who is supportive of you being proactive and home testing. Sugar's life depends on it.
Becky, home urine tests, blood glucose tests or both? She's had her first two insulin injections here at home and seems to be doing well so far. She goes back to the vet next week for a (something) curve, can't remember the exact name but has to do with seeing if she needs any adjustments to her insulin, so will talk to the vet about home testing at that time. Thank you for letting me know about that.
Home testing at home is done with a human meter on a drop of blood. The results are so much more reliable as the stress of being at the vet can cause higher readings,in cats they can be as much as 100 points higher.
With my diabetic cat, I found a forum that was so much help. I did her testing curve at home and by the second day she was off insulin and has been diet controlled ever since. It will soon be 2 years. It is common for cats to do this, but I don't know about dogs.
Also,learn about foods. I found that R X foods were higher in carbs than a good quality canned food. Mine now eats Friskies Pâtés and Fancy Feast Classics. There should be some food charts on the net for dog foods too.
Many vets although well meaning are not up to date on these things about pet diabetes. Mine wasn't but is very supportive. But I hear some are not.
Thank you so much Becky for the help and the information. I've been reading as much as possible online about diabetic dogs and caring for them since yesterday. It seems where as humans and cats can sometimes come off insulin, once dogs are put on it, it's pretty much for life. I would like to check her blood glucose here at home though and I'm diabetic so already have a human meter. Again, thank you so much for the help and will talk to the vet about all of this next week. I'm so glad you were able to get your kitty off the insulin, that's awesome!
Thanks for the well wishes! I think I too, have heard that about dogs. One thing that helped me learn to home test was watching a video on YouTube. You might want to see if there is one for dogs there. I sure you'll come across this, but make sure the insulin that you use is the best one recommended for dogs. My cat was on the worst insulin you can give a cat because the vet didn't know any better.
Please keep us updated on how you and Sugar are doing!