03-11-2010, 08:27 PM
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now is it the vetsulin he went down to 2 units on or the new nph?? if it is the nph, he is on the lower dose because it is a higher concentration insulin, they rec. starting MOST dogs on 1-2 units of nph twice daily. dogs with diabetes are best associated with people who have type 1 diabetes and cats to people with type 2, there is a big difference in type 1 and 2. for my diabetic dogs i always rec. hills w/d or the dco. as long as you are feeding him when needed, giving him his insulin and know how to recognize when he is low you are doing a good job. it is up to your vet to give you the proper insulin dosage. all diabetics, people and pets, type 1 and type 2 should be on a low carb diet, the two mentioned above of good examples of this. i also recommend feeding the canned versions of both foods as it is naturually lower in carbohydrates.
and again, whether testing at home or in the vet office a single blood sugar isnt going to tell you a whole lot, ideally sugars should be checked every couple hours for a period of 24 hours to give you the best idea as to how the pet is reacting to the insulin being given. You want to find out his nadir. In simple terms you want to find out when and what is lowest blood sugar level is, and the best way to do so is the sugar check every 2-3 hours for 24 hours. if his nadir is 60 or less your vet should decrease his insulin dose, if his nadir is 250 or higher then his insulin dose should be increased, i dont ever recommend increasing by more then 1/2 a unit twice daily. and i will probably say this in every post in this thread but, DO NOT do anything with out first consulting YOUR vet. i know you know better, but somepeople take matters into their own hands and that can cause tragidy sometimes....
ps...no problem, diabetes has become a very big part of my life and i really enjoy being able to help and educate others about it as well!!
Last edited by molliefan09; 03-11-2010 at 08:30 PM..