PetMeds® Regulating Blood Sugar Levels in Pets (Diabetes)

 
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Diabetic pets require insulin and glucose monitoring to help control their blood sugar Increasing numbers of dogs and cats are being diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, which in most cases in both species is due to a relative lack of insulin production in the pet.  This can have many causes from dietary to secondary complications from diseases like pancreatitis, hormonal diseases like Cushing’s disease, or genetic in origin. Once a diagnosis of diabetes is made by documenting both high blood and urine sugar, most pets are usually started on one of the many available types of insulin.

However, after teaching animal guardians about insulin injections, there is far more that needs to be done over a long period of time to try and insure optimal health for their diabetic animal companions.  For many years veterinarians have relied on measuring blood sugar levels throughout the day after AM insulin injection at the animal hospital, initially quite frequently after the diagnosis in the coming weeks and months.  Usually a 12 to 24 hour sugar curve is generated and recommendations for insulin dosage adjustments are made.

In recent years a blood fructosamine test was made available which is a single blood measurement which allows veterinarians to assess the average blood sugar for the previous 3 weeks. However, both of these techniques have several shortcomings, including not accounting for the daily fluctuation in blood sugar levels. Especially in a veterinary hospital environment many factors from dietary inconsistency to emotional stress can affect the accuracy of these sugar curves. Over the past year or so more and more animal guardians are now purchasing blood sugar devices for at-home monitoring of blood sugars to allow for more accurate management of their pets and adjustments of dosages by the veterinarian.

Veterinarians can teach clients to get a drop of blood from various capillary sites on the body from the ears to the oral mucous membranes to areas on the pads to measure blood sugar levels at home. With these newer technologies, sugar levels are better able to be monitored and diabetic complications such as cataracts, neurological issues and secondary infections can be minimized and/or better managed over time.

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2 Comments

  1. maribeth
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    i am concerned with my yorkie 11.5 years old she is now dieabetic taking novo insulin she was taken 2 units now 8 units theyre now saying she may have cushing disease but no test was done my question one is she on dry royal canine dieabetic food and she stopped eating it can she be given chicken and greenbeans and brownrice the other question is how can i check her levels a home funds are not that great right now

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    They do make at home blood sugar monitors for dogs which you can ask your vet about. Also I would consider home made diet for diabetics. See book by Donald Strombeck phd on home canine diets which you can find on line. Also see website http://www.k9petchef.com for home recipes for pets and ask Chef Loreen about diets. Tell her I referred you.

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  2. pat odonnell
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    My Yorkie is 7 and1/2. She was just diagnoized with diabeties, pancreatitis and colon problem. He has never been sic and I think the cause is the junk we give him. The vet bill was $1538 and neded one more day of blood testing, We are older dog owners and this amt of money is killing us. Please help me with some homeopathic remendies. Pat Odonnell

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Hi Pat. Best to start by feeding a “proper” home made diet, such as ones in book Dr Pitcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, dvm, phd. I also would refer you to home recipes by my friend Chef Loreen, whom you can reach at http://www.k9petchef.com Loreen has OUTSTANDING recipes for these conditions. Use my name as referral. These fresh diets are SO much better than processed expensive commercial foods, and can help improve health. I would also put her on good supplements such as naturevet enzymes and fast balance probiotic from 1800petmeds. I also strongly recommend a GREAT antioxidant called Canine Health by Life Vantage. They also make a wonderful antioxidant for people called Protandim. To learn more about these products see the video on http://www.abcliveit.com To order Canine Health or Protandim, go to http://www.mylifevantage.com/drdym

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