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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our Dachshund is diabetic and on 8 units of insulin. Lately

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Our Dachshund is diabetic and on 8 units of insulin. Lately he is drinking more wated and urinating more. Should insulin level be increased? He weighs 16 lbs
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Most likely, yes, but when the current dose of insulin isn't doing the trick it's best to have a glucose curve performed first in order to determine where his blood glucose levels are throughout a 12-24 hour period. While his polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyuria (increased volume of urine) usually indicate a need for more insulin, it can also be caused by chronic renal and hepatic insufficiency, Cushing's disease (an important differential in doxis), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, calcium) imbalances, and rarer disorders such as diabetes insipidus and Addison's disease. Hence, his vet may recommend diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in addition to a glucose curve. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Really a vague answer. I want a refund and definity do NOT want your continued service. I should have checked for commentary related to your site before putting up my money. Man up. Return my money so I do not have to take this further.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please contact***@******.*** for any issues other than your doxi's health.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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