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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by ExD, Jun 13, 2019.
Does anyone know anything about canine diabetes?
My Lady dog is diabetic
She was diagnosed last year, it took a good few months to find the correct insulin dose, having glucose tests every two weeks, upping the dose by a unit each time. She’s now on nine units twice a day, ten minutes after eating her breakfast and dinner.
In the last year she’s had two glucose curve tests, this is where the dog stays in the vets for the day and every hour they test the effectiveness of the insulin dose.
She has had a rough ride, staying in hospital for a few nights & then developing cataracts in both eyes (within a couple of months of being diagnosed diabetic she developed cataracts, diabetic dogs are prone to them). After talking with her eye specialist vet (at the Royal Veterinary College) I decided for her to have cataract surgery on both eyes. That’s been a very long journey, monthly trips to specialist. Lots of different types of eye drops. She’s now on two types of eye drops & an eye ointment twice a day (she’ll be on them for the rest of her life).
She’s still under her eye specialist, but now it’s six monthly visits instead of monthly visits.
She’s been through a lot poor girl but she’s doing well now.
Touch wood we have it all under control
No treats allowed, set meals, breakfast then dinner twelve hours apart.
A high protein diet.
I’d recommend buying some dog urine test strips (from VioVet or Amazon), as diabetic dogs are prone to urine infections, Lady’s had one since she was diagnosed.
I pay for a prescription from my vets & then buy her insulin virals online as it’s much cheaper.
I would talk with your vet and recommend your dog have a glucose curve carried out..
Lady will now have a blood glucose curve test once year, just to monitor her glucose levels and that her insulin dose is still working well
You can buy a glucose testing kit online (VioVet sells them, or human ones work as well), but I haven’t brought one yet. I’m happy going to visit her vets.
If you have any questions and I can answer them I will, no problem x
Thank you ebonycat. Thats really helpful. My grandson's girlfriend is a vet nurse at a clinic specialising in eye surgery, so next time she visits I'll take her out to see Jess and ask if there are any visual signs of cataract. The urine strips are a good idea too. The buying online is a bit complicated - really because we rely on the goodwill of the vet for the health of the rest of the farm animals (cows sheep pigs and horses, not forgetting 2 pigmy goats and 9 farm cats). I think he'll understand if we ask for a prescription eventually, but for the moment we're relying on him for monitoring Jess and supplying the drugs and advice.
(Do you still have an ebony cat? I love black cats and have a lovely little one called Ginny)
Yes I still have Ebony (she’s 14 this year). x
I have a dog on quite a lot of medication and had a horse on bute. I had a frank discussion with my farm vets and they dropped the price of all the regular medication. I do have to get a prescription for one item that I can get at Boots for £25 whereas it was £80 from the vets - but they obviously understand that one.
Lady’s eye drops are cheaper from boots (they are eye drops humans use after cataract surgery), her specialist vets give me a prescription for six repeats.
Her eye ointment & insulin come from VioVet & Animed, which my local vet gives me a prescription for
Example her eye ointment costs nearly £100 (for a tiny tube) from the vets but from Animed it costs £30.