I hope I can write this one without starting another battle.ha I talked to my vet about Max's insulin today and she basically told me the same thing you did awhile back about them doing away with the Humlin N. Do you know if changing him over, which we will have to do, to the animal insulin will make him sick? There are 3 vets where I go and my vet was going to see what see could find out from the other two because she is not familar with the animal insulin. Have you seen some change over without any problems?
I have mini schnauzers. One male and 2 females. Its the male that has diabetes. He was diagnosed last Feb. He started drinking alot of water and going to tee tee alot. I was pretty sure that was what it was,and sure enough when I took him in he had diabetes. He takes two insulin shots a day. 16 units each.
Does your vet use a diluted form of insuln? My dog only used 6 units per injection. What type of food do you use. When we switched to Hills Presciption diet. He needed less insulin. It can be a roller coaster. Has your dog gone into shock yet. Very scary! Salems bladder had weakened and was having alot of accident in the end. He was also blind. But did very well for not being able to see. We miss him terribly
Yeah, it has really been an experience. He has to have special food, and we just found out last Friday his colestrial is over a1000 and should be in the 200's. He is supposed to be kept on a low fat diet because schnauzers are prone to pancreatis and Cushings disease. We are doing everything we can for him. It is really stressful at times because sometimes he doesn't want to eat and he has to eat to have his shots. He is really good about them now where in the start he tried to nip us when he saw the needle. Now I tell him to get up on his pillow to take his shot and he just jumps right up on the couch and takes it with no problem.
Salem was the same in the beginning. I didn't think I would be able to do it but he adjusted and even seemed to know when it was time for his shot, he would come to the kitchen without being called. I think he knew it made him feel better. It was worth it as we got to have him around for 2 and half more years. Although it was bad timing. I found out he was diabetic 2 weeks before we moved across the country. Like I didn't have enough to worry about. But we managed.
lol.....your other topic was great. gave me much needed comic relief.
we have actually not started switching anyone over yet. but from the literature we have gotten from the company, they suggested redoing glucose curves on the animals we switch to monitor the level of insulin given. from what i understand a lower dose on the animal specific insulin is what they are finding is working well for the dogs. so it is going to be another trial and error period for awhile until he is re regulated. not great news i am sure for you since you had some problems with max.....but ti shoudlnt be as bad as getting him regualted in the first place was. if i run across any more info i will be happy to pass iton to you. good night =)
Thanks, I just didn't want him to get sick and start throwing up. If he eats too much, or not enough, or even worse, won't eat and can't take his shot he will start throwing up. I just hate to see him be so sick and have to go through so much. We thought we had him pretty well stablized on the insulin thing and now this. But, from what I hear maybe the animal insulin will be better. Hope so.