Diabetic cats and dogs. How do you cope?

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Re: Diabetic cats and dogs. How do you cope?

Postby Tootsie » Dec 9th, 2014, 11:13 pm

And to the throwing up...see my post above.....we found that we have to wait a bit till buddy-boy has enough stuff in the gut (about an hour)...then no puking.
Sighhhhh...yes we'll see our furbabies through ! Takes it's toll on moms though !

Stay strong Mama DC (diabetic cat) !

** As per the insulin pen thing that you're doing...just wanted to say that we worked it out 2 weeks ago with out vet (we thought about the pen thing) & we figure it's more cost effective what we're doing now. Your situation may differ with the dosage -what dosage are you giving ?

At any rate, feel free to PM me or post otherwise.

It's an expensive adventure to keep our babies healthy & I for one, welcome any first-hand advice others can give so I hope I'm helping you.

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Re: Diabetic cats and dogs. How do you cope?

Postby gardengirl » Dec 19th, 2014, 10:05 pm

If you are not using a lot of insulin, I would definitely recommend the pen. Once a bottle of Lantus has been punctured, it loses its effectiveness in a month or less. You're cat's blood sugar will start to spike and you won't know why.
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Re: Diabetic cats and dogs. How do you cope?

Postby thomasgunnar » Dec 14th, 2016, 9:37 pm

My rottweiler is diabetic. She has been since Oct 2014. We have a daughter that is diabetic as well. We figured we kept her alive while she was living at home we should be able to handle a dog.

We use a human insulin, two shots a day. Once we got her food down pat (hungry at meal time but not starving) we tailored her insulin to that. We do regular blood testing. The best place for her is in the lip, probably not good for a cat though.

We had her into the vet a few months ago to have a skin tag looked at. After looking at it and some microscope work the vet determined it was just that, a skin tag. Her heart, lungs were good. They sent some blood off and it came back good. The vet said she had the blood of a puppy although they did say her sugars were on the lower side of normal.

I think once you have been at it a while it will be as natural as your morning or evening coffee.
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Re: Diabetic cats and dogs. How do you cope?

Postby Lillyjack » Jul 19th, 2017, 11:36 am

Treatment, typically, is required for 3-7 days, and includes the following:

A special intravenous catheter called a “central line” (placed to aid in frequent blood draws)
Aggressive intravenous fluids
Electrolyte supplementation and monitoring
Blood sugar monitoring
A fast acting or ultra fast acting insulin, regular or Lispro, typically given intravenously or in the muscle
Blood pressure monitoring
Nutritional support (often in the form of a temporary feeding tube)
Anti-vomiting or anti-nausea medication
Long-term blood sugar monitoring and a transition to a longer-acting insulin

Thankfully, with aggressive supportive care, many patients with DKA do well as long as pet parents are prepared for the long-term commitment (including twice-a-day insulin, frequent veterinary visits to monitor the blood sugar, and the ongoing costs of insulin, syringes, etc.).
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