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What is High Blood Sugar?

A healthy dog has a blood glucose level ranging from 75 mg to 120 mg. A dog is diagnosed with high blood sugar, or as hyperglycemic, when it exhibits high blood glucose, or sugar above the normal range. Elevated blood sugar may be temporary, stress-induced, or a sign of a serious underlying disease such as pancreatitis or diabetes mellitus. High blood sugar is more common in female than male dogs, and is more likely to occur in older dogs.

Elevated blood glucose can occur transiently fairly often for various reasons (diet, stress, exertion, medications). Moderately elevated glucose can indicate infections (dental, kidneys, bladder), inflammatory conditions (pancreatitis) and hormonal imbalances (Hyperadrenocorticism). However persistent high glucose levels in the blood is diagnostic of Diabetes Mellitus. High blood Sugar causes increased thirst and urination. See a veterinarian promptly if your dogs shows these symptoms.

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Symptoms of High Blood Sugar in Dogs

The warning signs for high blood sugar are varied. If your dog’s high blood sugar is temporary or the result of stress or medication, you may not see any symptoms. However, if it is the result of a serious disease, you will likely see some of the following:

  • Wounds not healing; infections worsening
  • Depression
  • Enlarged liver
  • Urinary tract or kidney infection
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Cataracts
  • Extreme fluctuation in weight, gaining or losing
  • Obesity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Excessive thirst or hunger
  • Increased frequency of urination

Causes of High Blood Sugar in Dogs

High blood sugar can indicate one of the following issues:

  • Diabetes mellitus, caused by a loss of pancreatic beta cells, which leads to decreased production of insulin, rending the dog unable to process sugar sufficiently.
  • Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, which can damage insulin-producing cells, inhibiting the dog’s ability to process sugar sufficiently.
  • Hyperandrenocorticism, enlargement of or tumor on the pituitary gland, which causes excess levels of cortisol in the bloodstream, affecting the dog’s metabolic process.
  • Dental, kidney or urinary tract infections.
  • Reaction to certain medications.
  • Having just eaten, or eaten human food with high sugar levels.
  • Exertion, excitement, or stress.

Diagnosis of High Blood Sugar in Dogs

If your dog shows any of the symptoms of high blood sugar, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. As there can be many causes of high blood sugar, be sure to disclose issues the veterinarian is not already aware of, such as recent infections, changes in diet, or any abnormalities that may help with the potentially difficult diagnosis. The veterinarian will conduct a comprehensive round of tests in order to identify if your dog has high blood sugar, and what is causing it. These include a blood sample to be analyzed for a complete blood count, which checks for abnormalities in red and white blood cell count as well as platelet and hemoglobin; and a chemical blood profile, which measures blood sugar, blood proteins, and electrolytes. If high blood sugar is the only abnormality, the veterinarian can determine it to be temporary rather than a sign of something more serious. Further, the sample will be analyzed for elevated levels of certain enzymes that can indicate pancreatitis. Depending upon these findings, the veterinarian may or may not conduct x-rays and ultrasound to gain additional insight on the underlying cause.

Additionally, the veterinarian will conduct urinalysis, which can reveal elevated sugar levels, pus, bacteria, and ketone bodies, which in excess are evidence of diabetes mellitus.

Treatment of High Blood Sugar in Dogs

Treatment will vary significantly depending upon the diagnosis.

  • Diabetes mellitus will be treated with a combination of insulin and diet modification designed to optimize body weight.
  • Pancreatitis will be treated through hospitalization, giving the dog analgesics, antiinflammatories and intravenous fluids for several days. While withholding oral fluids and food in order to allow to pancreas to reset. Low fat nourishing food is now recommended as part of the initial treatment. (It will be gradually re-introduced). Pancreatitis can be life threatening, however most dogs will recover without long-term consequences.
  • Hyperandrenocorticism caused by enlargement of the pituitary gland will be treated with one of several drugs designed to lower the body’s production of cortisol. The veterinarian will prescribe the drug that best fits the severity of your dog’s condition. Most cases of hyperandrenocorticism are caused by a pituitary tumor. Fewer are caused by an adrenal gland tumor in which radiation or surgery may be necessary.
  • For high blood sugar caused by infection, the infection will be treated on a case-by-case basis, typically with antibiotics.
  • For high blood sugar caused by reaction to medication, the use of the medication will be stopped and an appropriate substitute will be found.
  • For temporary causes such as just having eaten, having eaten a high-sugar meal, exertion, excitement or stress, no treatment is needed, and the blood sugar will return to normal. In the case of feeding inappropriate food or causing the dog excess stress, take action to ensure this does not happen again.

Recovery of High Blood Sugar in Dogs

It is important to follow-up with the veterinarian in order to monitor blood sugar levels. However, frequency will vary depending upon your diagnosis. A diagnosis of diabetes mellitus will require in most cases, twice daily insulin injections and strict dietary changes, limiting the sugar intake and feeding high-protein, high-fiber, low-fat, and low-carbohydrate diet. Close monitoring of your dogs blood glucose is critical to make sure the dose of insulin is correct. Consult the veterinarian about proper level of exercise for your dog’s body type and health, and work to maintain optimum body weight.

In addition to dietary guidelines, strictly follow all of the veterinarian’s advice. In the case of diabetes, pancreatitis and hyperandrenocorticism, rechecks by your veterinarian are very important to monitor your dog’s recovery in order to catch possible re-emergence of symptoms or drug side effects.

High Blood Sugar Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sadie
Miniature Schnauzer
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Frequent Urination

My dog Sadie is a 9 year old miniature schnauzer. She has recently started drinking water more frequently, peeing in the house and losing weight. We think she may have diabetes/hyperglycemia but are unsure how to treat it. Is there something we can do at home to treat her since our vets office is closed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the short-term, there should be no problems waiting for your Veterinarian’s Office to open, it would be best to find the underlying cause before you start treatment in the dark. Excessive drinking and urination may be caused by numerous conditions including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, pyometra (especially in intact females), poisoning and other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Savannah
Min-Pin
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

diabetic

Medication Used

Novolin N 8units X2

In process of getting my Min-Pin blood sugar regulated. Have had 3 glucose curves done and near to getting insulin dosage set. My question is that inasmuch as I am not comfortable with anyone other than myself giving her the shots I am wondering how to handle an emergency situation when I am not available to medicate her. I am in process of learning about having our vet board her and give her the meds but if an emergency arises how many days can she safely go without her X2 injections before this hits a level that starts to be detrimental to her long time health. Hopefully this never happens but the possibility is there.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no standard ‘safe’ amount of time that a dog can go without insulin, as diabetes is a highly variable condition; some dogs may be able to go days others hours. Many variables such as pancreatic function, diet, stress, activity, consumption of treats, poisoning (if a dog eats chewing gum for example) and other things will throw off a good plan. It would be worth speaking with a friend or neighbour (or a few people) and getting them trained on giving an insulin shot to Savannah so if you are late, out of town, in police custody or anything else you know you can call someone to take care of Savannah if you are not going to make it home (they can also feed her and let her do her business in the garden). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bo
Black Labrador
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

blind, sweating, drinking lots of water
seizures, weak, foaming at mouth,no appetite, gas

Medication Used

insulin (21) twice a day

Heloo, We have our 12 yr old Black Lab (Bo) at the Vets office as I type . We took him there this morning after him having seizures the past week or so. He is diabetic and has been on a diet of skinless, boneless chicken breasts along with dog food that is low in grain, ect. He also get supplements for hips and health. He gets insulin twice a day, approx 45 mins after he eats. We were told to give him 22 units (marks on needles) twice a day.
He was resting and getting sleep after we gave him glucose, aspiring dissolved and mild sedative. We also just bought a meter from WM (relion) and assorted supplies but my wife thinks meter was off or she was doing wrong. When e took him in this morning, he was tested and it came back "hi" which we were told is over 700. We left him there, they dosed him and 3 hrs later his level is 500.
We are being told that he probably has a tumor on his pancreas and that is causing his levels to be high and that it will be quite expensive to treat because we would need to take him to U of M for testing. Bo was our late son's dog who passed 8 yrs ago from sleep apnea at age 26. Bo is part of our family. After the research I have done, I'm am more than a bit reluctant to put him to sleep which is basically what they are telling us we should do.
Their meter stops at 700 so how high was he? Don't really know and then it went down to 500 with a single dose. Is it possible that he could be treated to some sort of health or are we being told some sort of truth based on what I have told you so far?
Obviously, we will need to make some sort of decision but I will never forgive myself if we put him to sleep needlessly. He really is part of our family. The issue is I just do not have the money to get tests, more tests and more tests done. I have never really thought highly of this Vet Clinic as it always seems to come down to money with them. My wife does trust them which is an issue with us but for me, right now, the issue is Bo.
Please, Please advise us as to your gut thoughts on what is going on and let us know your thoughts as to what we should do. I would like to leave him there overnight, keep him comfortable and dose him again and check his levels, ect. Your thought? Thank you Jim Corcoran

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally pancreatic tumours cause low blood glucose, not high blood glucose; some tumours like glucagonoma (extremely rare) can present as diabetes. Whilst I understand your financial concerns and your love for Bo due to the connection to your late son, further tests would be needed to help narrow in on a diagnosis. An ultrasound examination or x-ray would be a good place to start as any masses or gross anomalies would normally be visible; a full panel of blood tests would help rule out other causes, but if you needed to choose one or the other, go for radiology. If you have a charity hospital in your town, you may be able to get Bo in there; it doesn’t hurt to ask. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Archie
Chihuahua
9.5
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive thirst & urination

9.5 year old chihuahua weighs 10lbs. Diagnosed as diabetic on Tuesday. Taking vetsulin 1.5 units in morning and 1.5 units in evening.
Is novolin n better to give a small dog rather than the vetsulin?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vetsulin is the better product, but this may vary depending on who you ask. If Archie has started to take Vetsulin, it would be best to continue with it as switching isn’t as easy as people think; if Archie is doing well on the Vetsulin, keep him on it, if you have some concerns, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Rottweiler
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight loss, weak, drinking a lot, lazy, depresse

For about the last 3 or 4 weeks my dog has been acting depressed and we did loose a kitten and my thoughts was that Sophie led the kitten to the coyotes that run next door. And that Sophie is friends with. So I let it go as she was upset. Then last week I noticed she has lost a lot of weight. Then realized that she had worms. Gave her worming med pancur for 3 days i beleive she had tape worms or round worms. On day 4 she wasnt eating and had thrown up clear liquids 4 or 5 times from morning to the afternoon. I loaded her up took her to vet because she was very weak. They kept her over night preformed surgent on her first thing in the morning. Because after ultrasound told me that they thought she had cancer or thyroid trouble. Then when I get there today same day as cutting her stomach open 8 in at least they tell me its prancreitis diabetes. That they had given her pain meDs and insulin all day and that her levels had dropped. When I took her in yesterday there was no mention of her sugar levels being off her white cell count was high and red cell low. I am feeling they are guessing with my baby girl and now telling me that she will need insulin 2 times everyday. My bill is almost 3000 and I am really not sure that they are really sure. I think they are guess with the diabetes. Her levels have leveled out after 3 to 5 hours today. I just feel that is kinda fast and they really didn't find anything when opening her up. So are they just playing a guessing game with my baby girl. I just find it odd that they are saying her worms or deworming her has nothing to do with anything. Although prior to the last day of her med she was eating fine and I contribute the weight loss to having worms. But she was very weak having a hard time keeping her balance but she also may have had the worms for a month or so. Could the worming medicine cause any of the symptoms. She almost seems worse since yesterday when first taking her to vet but she also now has a ring around her neck has a 8in cut on her stomach. And has been left by me in some strange place and is being given pain meds. Also I have read that with pancreaitise that they are in a lot of pain. When she was being examined and having her stomach squeezed on she never showed signs of being in pain. She also when laying around always was laying on her side. Please help...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Panacur (fenbendazole) is a common well used wormer and is considered to be safe for use in all dogs; appropriate use of Panacur shouldn’t cause any real side effects, however if there is a large number of parasites their death may cause an intestinal blockage or other issues which may cause a reaction in a dog. Without examining Sophie, I really cannot think of anything which may be causing these symptoms apart from an obstruction caused by a death of a large number of parasites (which is uncommon). I would recommend visiting another Veterinarian and running blood tests with them to see if anything on their side shows up, obviously explain about the insulin etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mugzee
Havanese
10 yrs 8 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My dog gets sleepy after giving his insulin with his evening meal, he is currently getting 8 units of vetsulin. He is a havenese shitzu mix. Diagnosed with diabetes on 7/24/17. Waiting on my blood glucose monitor to be delivered
Should I talk to his vet about this,?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Regular glucose monitoring is important and setting insulin dosage can be a long process as each dog is different and glucose curves need to be analysed to ensure that insulin dosage is correct. If you are noticing lethargy or any other symptom, it would be best to pop into see your Veterinarian to be safe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jackson
West Highland White Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

High glucose levels

Medication Used

Vetsulin 4.5 Units twice a day

Jackson our westie has diabetes. He's a male Westie who is 8 years old. He had extremely low glucose 5 days ago. 56 down to nearly 0. Took him to the vet ER after I put Karo syrup on his gums to stabilize him. The ER vet suggested dropping the insulin to 5 units twice a day from 7twice a day. Then took him to his regular vet the next day. She Said to go with 4.5 units twice a day. All blood tests came back great and urine culture perfect. Problem is, his curve is showing glucose levels today were 242 6 hrs after food and insulin and tested again at 7:00 and now he's at 326 before his meal and insulin. I will call his vet in the morning. But we still have no idea why his glucose dropped so severely.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1201 Recommendations

Unlike many conditions, diabetes doesn’t respond the same way all the time; factors like food intake, general health, stress and other factors can have an effect on the glucose levels. This is why glucose curves are useful to assist in tailoring dosage to each patient. One off events may occur, but with regular monitoring Jackson should be on an even keel. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Basset Hound
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite
Lethargic

Have a 10 1/2 year old Bassett hound Sophie that was diagnosed as diabetic on Saturday her Bg was 435. Vet wants to start her on vetsulin but did not have any in stock and said would need to order it and it should be her Tuesday or Wednesday due to the New Year holiday. Today noticing Sophie very lethargic, not wanting to eat or drink where as before was eating normally and drinking excessively. Thinking she needs insulin now is there not another type of insulin that can be given? Hoping she is now not in DKA.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend you speaking to your Veterinarian to see if there is going to be a delay in receiving the Vetsulin, would they be able to write you a prescription for Humulin N. You would require a prescription for the pharmacy which is why you would need to speak with a local Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 63lb pit bull has been receiving vetsulin for about 4 months through the vet that I see.Can I give her insulin from walmart that does not require a prescription and is half the cost.

Took Sophie back to vet today and unfortunately my suspision was right she was in DKA. So is now hospitalized and being treated. Thank you for your response.

We buy our insulin at Walmart without a prescription for under $25. SAMs club also sells it for that price.

Do you need a prescription to buy the insulin at WM? I've been buying Humulin-N at Walgreens for about $150. 😱

Humility N can be bought over the counter along with syringes without a prescription at Wal-Mart. Cost is about $28 for insulin and about $10 for 100 syringes.

I buy my poodle's insulin at Wal Mart and it's around $20.00. I bought it the first time and paid over$90.00 @ Walgreens. I purchase all of her needles at Foster and Smith and get discount for volume. There are some states that you have to send in your vet's prescription for needles if your in one of those states.

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Bindi
Bichon Shih Tsu
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Thirsty
Frequent urinating, even through the night

Medication Used

Insulin
Antibiotics

Hi there! Our 10 year old, female Shi-chon was just diagnosed with diabetes. We initially brought our pup in for frequent urination (she even leaks her full bladder while sleeping), and to check a tooth that looks infected. Right off, vet agreed she had a tooth infection and seemed she had a UTI. She took blood and urine. Next day, vet called to say her blood glucose level was at 300mg so she had diabetes as well as a UTI. This was her only blood test. It wasn't monitored. Her blood was also taken the morning after a day of over-excitement and stress with people at our house (including a baby that she is extremely jealous of and barks at constantly) and over indulgence of snacks and people food. Was our vet too quick to diagnose her with diabetes? Shouldn't we monitor her glucose levels before sticking her with insulin? In general, our pup typically over eats and the snacks we give her are high in sugar (our fault of course, and this will change), and she is an angsty dog. But overall, is happy and playful. Her weight is fairly normal as she gets plenty of exercise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Bindi continually has treats and an excess of human food, it is possible that her blood sugar level maybe high due to diet rather than diabetes; when a blood sample is taken from an animal for blood glucose measurement, your Veterinarian would normally ask how long has it been since her last meal so that it can be determined if a postprandial spike in glucose has occurred or if it is due to diabetes. You may ask your Veterinarian to take a few blood samples at different times of the day (or ask them about doing it at home); but make sure that you stop all treats and human food days before you try further blood tests so that results aren’t skewed by them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I also have a 9 year old dog in a similar situation but my dog doesn't receive all the human treats (only carrots and sugar snap peas). My vet also diagnosed after taking one blood sample and one urinalysis. She also had a UTI. He didn't ask about her last meal and I feel he was quick to diagnose. I want to do what's best for my dog but she has major anxiety about going to the vet, even riding in the car, so how do I know for sure she has Diabetes without running her to the vet every two weeks? What happened with Bindi?

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Stella
Husky/Springer Spaniel
2
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic, Not eating, Heavy Drinking, Urinating.

Medication Used

Insulin

I have a 2 year old Female Husky who is not spayed. She was recently diagnosed with Diabetes with ketones. According to our vet her ketones were off the chart they were so high. Stella has been hospitalized since Tuesday and it is now Friday. Her ketones are gone treatment stopped on Thursday afternoon :). However, her glucose has not seemed to drop much. When we brought her into the vet her glucose was around 350 they dropped to 290 on Wednesday and rocketed up to 450 the next day :(. Now they are back at 330ml on Friday. On Tuesday and Wednesday they gave her 7ml of insulin Thursday they bumped it up to 15 ml of insulin and today they gave her 17ml of insulin. She is a 40lb dog that should weigh closer to 48lbs but she is underweight due to the diabetes being so bad. Is this something I should be worried about? They are sending her home today with a glucose reading of 330-340ml and they are not sure if I should see a internal specialist or if the dog is just stressed from not being home. Shes never been in a create before nor never stayed the night at a vet so she may be a little stressed. What would you recommend? is this normal or should I go see a specialist asap? Should we try different insulin? Do you think something could else could be causing her to have a high glucose reading and we should get her rechecked out, such as a tumor? Also, at first she was not eating and would consistently vomit. She is no longer vomiting and seems to be eating and drinking normally.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diabetes can be difficult to manage but unfortunately each dog reacts different depending on their internal physiology, diet and responsiveness to insulin. In cases of DKA, this can be further complicated. Regular monitoring and even glucose curves can help determine dosage of insulin and feeding regimen. Glucose will normally rise after a meal and then decrease overtime, aiming to get close to physiological range. A Specialist may be required if levels are not stabilised or further investigation such as x-rays or ultrasound of the abdomen. Dietary changes, insulin and supportive therapy have to work in a balance to keep the glucose levels low. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dr Callum, thank you for your advise. Stella was wrongly diagnosed with diabetes as far as we know. We took her to a specialist today and we ran a bunch of test to find out that there is a very low chance of diabetes in Stella, because she has no sugar in her urine along with other factors/test that came back normal. However, we did notice that Stella has high hemoglobin's. Do you know what could cause her to have a high blood sugar and high count of hemoglobin's? Thanks for your help

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Eclipse
Husky/Springer Spaniel
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time
Depression
Hunger, polydipsia, polyuria, weight loss.
Lathirgy

Medication Used

Insulin

My dog was diagnosed with diabetes about a month ago. She went through treatment and now is insulin dependent and is on a diet. When we feed her she eat like she is starving. She was looking good and was gain weight back, but now she is loosing it again. She looks lethargic, depressed, and now she sleeps a lot. We are going to the vet school but I was just curious what you thought. Oh yea and she is a husky, when we first got her she had so much energy and now none at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diabetes is a condition which needs to be constantly managed and treatment adjusted, it isn’t like many conditions where a pill a day will keep the Doctor away. Dietary changes and changes to the insulin would need to be done to get the right balance; obviously there are other causes for increased appetite and lethargy which would need to be ruled out as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luigie
Schnauzer
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Listless
Confused
Confusion/Anxiety

My Schnauzer 14 male Diagnosed with diabetes Sept 2016 Been trying to get insulin regulated Have done curves at vet office and now I have done one
Insulin Novelin N 2 x aday been doing 12 hrs apart but I feel by test results 10hrs seem better
1st question how much food is sufficent to get a good glucose reading? 19 lbs I give him 4oz of food 2x a day

I was given a chart to follow based on glucose reading

under 150 NO insulin
Under 150 NO INSULIN
150 300 5 units
300 to under400 8 units
400 10 He has been all over the board from one meal to the next I would like to give him a noon to 1p m treat When doing curve noon reading was 90 I knew it would be way to low by dinner so I gave him a treat and it worked ! I feel not all dogs can go the 10 to 12 hrs between meals You thought on that also greatly appreciated
When he doesn't eat told not to give insulin ?

Thank you for your time My pup has a great will to live and I'm devoting day and night to help him . I am blessed to be able to do that !

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diabetes is different in each dog and isn’t a one fits all solution. If Luigie hasn’t eaten a meal, insulin shouldn’t be administered as his blood glucose can get too low. Unfortunately there isn’t the right amount of food as again, each dog is different, and the ingredients in pet food varies from brand to brand and even within brands. Also other medicines, conditions and stress can affect blood glucose levels. By using a prescription diet and regular monitoring, you should be able to get glucose levels under control. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Piper
Poodle
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fecal incontinence
UTI
Vomiting

Piper was exhibiting signs of a UTI and was lethargic, not eating well, and generally not acting like herself. But the strangest symptom I've not encountered before was fecal incontinence. Her vet did a complete exam and physically she seems well - no bloating or belly tenderness. Urinalysis showed glucose (160) blood showed glucose (480). Doctor wants to start insulin. Waiting for results of fructosamine. My biggest concern is can these levels be a result of severe stress? We are living a hectic life right now due to a death in the family and big changes in routine and environment. How can I be sure she is truly diabetic? Can it be a temporary issue due to the upheaval? I am willing to do whatever is needed to get her well but I would like to be sure insulin is needed right now. I'm afraid to start it and then start more issues. And how does the fecal incontinence fit in? Doctor examined and said muscle tone and nerves are not an issue. I am so concerned, perplexed, and scared. Any suggestions you can offer are appreciated. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each case of diabetes is different, but generally when we are seeing an increase in blood glucose we would be looking at management options; obviously no two cases are the same but dietary management would be a good first step and then see how insulin can work around. There are many causes of an increase in blood glucose, but persistent increases in blood glucose need to be controlled; reference range for glucose in blood is around 75-120mg/dL depending on which textbook you check, 480mg/dL is significantly over the higher reference range (we would expect benign factors to increase blood glucose only marginally). Urinary and faecal incontinence are a known symptom of diabetes and has been documented in animals and people. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for the follow up. Piper has improved somewhat with antibiotics and she will begin insulin injections in 2 days. Hoping she is back to her usual antics very soon.

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Peaches
Poodle
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drinking more water

I have a female mini poodle 11 yrs, and was diagnosed w/diabetes. She was started off with .2 twice a day, and was ok for a while than, she started drinking and urinating a lot so I took her back to the vet and her sugar was 307, so it was put at .3 twice a day, and was checked again and now it is at 288, so they raised it again to .4 twice a day. Is this normal? Her kidneys are good from 1/28/17. I just doh't want it to be more than just her sugar going up because her cells are dieing. She's actually doing good right now. But her sugar is still high they want to bring down to 200. thank you in advance for your response.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to find a balance when dealing with diabetes since not all patients respond the same way to insulin therapy. Have you changed Peaches diet? Have you or your Veterinarian performed a glucose curve to monitor glucose over time after meals and insulin administration. This can be useful to help determine dosage and efficacy of treatment. Physiological range for glucose is 75-120mg/dL in dogs, but in diabetic patients we try to keep the glucose at least below 200mg/dL. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco, Cash, Chloe, Zoey
Miniature Pinscher
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Coughing

Medication Used

Vetmedin 10 mg's 2x a day, Salix 50 mg's 2x a day
Furosemide
Benazepril

I have a Yorkie (5 yrs), a Min Pin (14 yrs), and two Min Pins (11 yrs; pups of the 14 yo) and they all have had a chronic cough for several years. The 14 yo was diagnosed with CHF and a collapsed trachea about two years ago and is on meds but what are the chances the other three have CHF too? Could it possibly be Kennel Cough?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chronic cough may be induced by congestive heart failure or collapsed trachea (collapsed trachea is quite a distinctive honking cough). Other causes may be an infection, allergies or environmental irritants; many dogs may have problems with cleaning chemicals or other pollutants in the air, does the cough(s) get worse after a certain event? Use of a certain floor cleaner for example? Otherwise it would be a visit to your Veterinarian for an auscultation and examination to see what is happening. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
American Cocker Spaniel
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hind end weekness

Medication Used

Insulin

I have an 11 year old American Cocker Spaniel, who is diabetic. She is on two shots of insulin per day and recently I have noticed she is having issues getting up and walking around. Her hind legs seem very week. Her glucose readings the last week have been between 14-17 mmol/l. Should I slowly increase her insulin dosage?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Having trouble getting up and walking around may be attributable to the diabetes but also to getting older and musculoskeletal disorders. Stella would be under your Veterinarian’s duty of care and I legally cannot recommend increasing the dosage of insulin without examining her first. If you are seeing these symptoms and an increase in blood glucose levels, it would be best to speak with your Veterinarian for an examination and review of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cat
Bullmastiff
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Crying
Decreased Appetite
Smells
Increased thirst

Medication Used

none

My dog has been off her food for about a week now, drinking a bit more than usual, not particularly urinating more, but she has the same smell my cat had when she was diabetic. Could the smell be an indicator that she is diabetic too?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1201 Recommendations

Smell of urine varies depending on concentration, hydration status and some internal conditions; I doubt the smell from the presence of glucose in the urine could be detected by a human nose. However, in severe cases of diabetes with ketoacidosis it may be able to smell a difference; a simple urinalysis test would clear this up, pick up a specimen pot from your Veterinarian for analysis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tucker
Jack Russell Terrier
12.5 yrs
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Odor
Unable to lower FBG

Medication Used

Potassium bromide 500mg once /day
Vetsulin 4.5 Units twice a day

Dog diagnosed almost 3 weeks ago with diabetes. If the dog has dental infection, could that cause problems getting his diabetes regulated? He is 22.6 lbs and was started at 3.0U of Vetsulin and is not at 4.5U. His FBGs remain in the mid to high 400s.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1201 Recommendations

Dental infections, as with any infection, can have an effect on a dog’s glucose levels and should be addressed with antibiotics and possible scraping and cleaning of teeth. Vetsulin is dosed at 0.5 units per kilogram which would mean Tucker would require 5 units per day (22lb = 10kg) if given in one dose per day or two doses of 3.75 units each (totalling 7.5 units per day) if given twice per day; it may be worth trying two doses per day as well as having a glucose curve done to check the efficacy of the insulin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr. Turner. When we saw the vet today, we scheduled a cleaning. He is currently on 2 doses with home monitoring. Again, thank you.

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Abbie
Miniature Schnauzer
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diabeties
Drinking lots of water

Abbie my 10yr old miniature schnauzer was just diagnosed with diabetes. Her level was 679 and I had noticed that she was drinking lots of water. The problem I have is that they want me to feed a Purina diabetic diet. I looked at the ingredients and I personally would never feed this to my animal normally. The first ingredient is corn! The chicken is chicken bi-products which is not chicken! I am disabled so money is limited but there has to be a grain free, gluten free real chicken, fish, duck liver or something like that out there that I can feed her. I called the vet with my concerns and they acted like this was my only choice. I am epileptic and I had bypass surgery so my stomach is very small. I have to pick and choose what I put into my stomach. I pick good food and eat until I am full and screw the rest. Just because Abbie is diabetic should not mean that she should spend the rest of her life eating sub par food because it is easy to regulate her blood sugar. Isn't there some food Raw or not raw that is high quality for a diabetic dog?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concern, but there is no substantial scientific evidence to suggest that corn is unsuitable for dogs; dogs are just as likely to have problems with meat. There may be a diabetic diet out there that is grain free, but all the big brands which are available everywhere have roughly the same ingredients containing corn meal. Please check the article below from Tufts University regarding grains in general. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://vet.tufts.edu/wp-content/uploads/DecipheringFactFromFictionGrainFree.pdf

Thank you from responding. I want to feed my Abbie a quality diet, not something that resembles cardboard... if you were in my place what would you feed? I was feeding something called RAWZ but it is strange that when she was almost finished with her first bag she got diabetes. I don't mind going raw but have no idea where or what kind to get. This Purina food is making her poop so much that I feel that it its just passing through. I have always feed a food with the first ingredient being a lean protein. I cringe that the prescription food has chicken bi-products. Beaks, wings, ect. Isn't there something out there to feed a diabetic dog with real food and needed vitamins and minerals?

I have been feeding my Gigi Hills chicken n vegetable stew... She loves it but it is $3 a can... My vet said she can eat lean meat if I need to feed her something else... I have always cooked my dogs chicken thigh and chicken breasts... You know exactly what you are getting when you cook it yourself... My problem is breaking her of her treats...

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Jake
Cocker spaniel
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Low Blood Sugar

My dog has diabetes I am not able to take blood test but monitor by urine dipstix for ketone and glucose
I think he might have a UTI again as he is prone to them
I'm concerned that I have had a negative reading for glucose could the UTI be affecting his glucose readings and should I not give his insulin tonight

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Monitoring the blood glucose level using urinary test strips are not a reliable indicator as there are many factors which may give a false reading; with a blood analysis of blood glucose, you get a true reading at that moment (a small prick with a needle on a hair less part of the ear will yield enough blood for a glucose test, speak with your Veterinarian about this method). Checking urine is less reliable as kidney disease may affect glucose in the urine; and more importantly the glucose level in the urine is an indicator of the average blood glucose level since the last time a dog (or cat) urinated and may mask a current hypoglycemia event with a current hyperglycemia even and vice versa. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailee
terrior mix
8
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

high blood sugar

Had Bailee's teeth cleaned. Finished antibiotics but still got infection. Then his blood sugar was high so diagnosed diabetic. I have been giving insulin but his blood sugar stays high. 461 tonight 11 hours after eating.I took him off insulin for 3 days and he was only 250 but he was sick and throwing up. Changed food to great weight management brand. I am so confused and the vet just wants to keep testing (bought my own tester) and it doesn't get better. Could there be another reason for his high blood sugar?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Not all dogs respond the same to insulin, some dogs respond well and some require more fine tuning. Dietary management is an important part of managing diabetes and cutting out all human food and dog treats; commercial diets like Hills and Royal Canin are market leaders and are available everywhere. Your Veterinarian will want to continue testing to find a balance, they will most probably perform a glucose curve to determine the best dosage and interval; regular monitoring until glucose levels reach physiological range is important, but cannot be achieved without insulin. Other causes of high blood sugar may be if Bailee is in contact with a sugar substitute (alcohol based sugar) which can cause high peaks in blood sugar. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abel
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 5 month old pit/blue healer mix puppy he is always sleeping and drinks and urinating alot is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1201 Recommendations

Lethargy (or excessive sleepiness), frequent drinking and urination are common clinical signs which we see mainly in endocrinology cases like Diabetes Mellitus or Cushing’s Disease. Sometimes in some diets which are high in salt; these clinical signs may be seen. A visit to your Veterinarian for diagnostic tests (blood, urine etc…) would be required to determine the actual cause of the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 9 year old male blue healer, we took Boomer to the vet 7 weeks ago and was diagnosed diabetic. Started at 12cc xday back every week and had curve test, have increased dosage every week, 2 weeks ago he was at 523 increased again. This last week he was 358 he is currently at 20cc xday. He was 68 pds when we took him in, has been on Hills w/d and has lost 5 pounds. What is the most insulin you have seen given to a dog? this seems high?

What should my insulin depended dog eat is cooked chicken and canned chicken ok also tuna fish, plus low calorie kibble!

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Lady
Cocker Spaniel
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

diabetic

so my dog was taking to the hospital 2 days ago due to vomiting and slight diarrhea. so they checked her out and found out she is diabetic.when she entered to the hospital, it was above 400 then it went down to 260 I believe. yesterday it went up again to 400. today I spoke to the doctor again and tells me no more vomiting, or diarrhea and eating great but her sugar level went up above 600 now!! I asked him if they were put her on a diet like dog food for diabetics and he said no and it wasn't necessary. shes suppose to come home this sunday but now he said since it so high, they want to hold her until the bring it down. im super worried because I feel they are making the situation worse now and I need a 2nd opinion.. please help me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally with diabetes, dietary management is used regardless of the use of insulin (not all cases require insulin); it is normal for blood glucose levels to peak after meals (it is normal) and to reduce over time, the problem comes if the blood glucose is consistently high. Your Veterinarian should be monitoring blood glucose levels regularly (glucose curve) to determine whether Lady requires insulin or not; most cases of canine diabetes require insulin to keep blood glucose within an acceptable range and the amount of insulin is different for each patient, again this is where a blood glucose curve comes in. Sometimes, regardless of treatment, blood glucose can be difficult to maintain within an acceptable range and would then require Lady to stay hospitalised for longer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you dr.turner..Well the good news, she was released today because it went down to 253 :) but this is my other question. The dr. Prescribed her with humilin n, 7 units twice a day. Is it true that dogs with diabetes can also use vetsulin insulin?

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Sasha
English Cocker Spaniel
68 Days
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

high glucose

Hi, I have a Cocker Spaniel Puppy , He is two month and 8 days old , We have him since he was 52 Days and 3.50Kg . We notice he drinks his urine and yesterday we took him to a Doctor , he checked his blood sugar level and it was 138 . Now we stop the dry food and we just feed him with cooked chicken filet , Carets and low fat probutice yogurt . We are so worried about him . His mom and dad don't have any kind of blood sugar or other issues . Is it something that can cause future problem ? We live in a country that we don’t have that much good Doctor.
Please advice. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1201 Recommendations

Blood glucose level of 138mg/dL is high but only slightly above the reference range of 75-120mg/dL; an increase in the blood sugar level may occur when measured after eating, diabetes, Cushing’s Disease, infections, kidney disease among other causes. Dogs may drink their urine due to it being sweet, salty or bad habits. It would be best to feed a commercial diet which is balanced to ensure that Sasha is getting all the nutrients he needs; also it would be best to check his blood glucose every few months to ensure that the levels don’t rise too much. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Shih Tzu
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive thirst & urination

How long should you wait after a dog eats to give them their insulin shot. Also, do you have to change their dog food after they are diagnosed with diabetes. Sophie was diagnosed about 4 weeks ago and having a hard time getting her glucose level down. Her cataracts seemed to get so bad so fast and also seemed to go blind almost over night. Other wise she seems happy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1201 Recommendations

Generally insulin is given at the same time as meals depending on the instructions given by your Veterinarian; it would be best to speak again with your Veterinarian to make sure that you understand the instructions as no two cases of diabetes are the same. It is important to feed a diabetic diet to Sophie to help with the diabetes management; there are many commercial diets available for diabetic dogs, both Hills and Royal Canin (universally available) have diabetic diets available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetsulin.com/vet/DosingFeeding.aspx

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cabo
Labradoodle
11 1/5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

irregular eye movements?

11 1/2 female lab, 78 lbs, with diabetes and already elevated blood suger suddenly ate a chocolate candy bar - what is to be expected other than blood sugar rising? will she experience any changes in mental statis or vetibular system? or other body effects??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am more worried about the effects of chocolate on Cabo than the blood sugar; which only complicates matters, especially if the bar contains artificial sweeteners. Chocolate contains theobromine which causes vomiting, diarrhoea, changes in heart rhythm, seizures and death (in some cases); also artificial sweeteners have an effect on dogs multiple times that in humans which can cause an higher spike in blood glucose. Please visit your Veterinarian immediately for supportive treatment; if you have hydrogen peroxide (3%), you can induce vomiting (you may wish to do this outside or in the bath) if the ingestion was within the last two hours before you go to your Veterinarian, four tablespoons should be sufficient for a 78lb dog. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Crush
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Infection

My 9 year old lab was diagnosed with diabetes 4 months ago. Her blood sugar was over 600 at that time, she was in DKA and had pancreatitis. She also had persistent infections- ears, eyes, skin, feet. We have done glucose curves since the beginning. Shes on a prescription diet. She's now at 12 units twice a day. We started at 6 units. Her blood sugar is still between 450-650 every time we test her. She still has infections. As soon as one gets better, it comes back in a different place. She's lost 30 lbs and has gone blind in both eyes. I'm wondering if it's time to put her to sleep. She doesn't do anything except lay around. She still eats and drinks. She still goes potty outside alone although she does sometimes step in it. She does get excited when she hears the leash, but doesn't really interact with the family. How do i know if she's in pain?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is a very hard decision to to decide when it is time; there are many factors which need to be considered, but the two most important ones are welfare (includes pain) and behaviour. If Crush is not behaving normally, this may be an indication for pain or at least discomfort, lethargy etc… Living a life of just going through the motions isn’t a full life, but if there is no pain why should it be ended. The blindness, may play a big part in the lack of movement; this would be something to discuss with your Veterinarian at your next check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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