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Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you and Zoe today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you.
Did Zoe perk up after the honey?
How long has she been on insulin? What is the type of insulin that you are using?
What is her normal dosing of insulin? Do you normally give it once or twice a day?
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It is always better to error on the side of caution and let her run high on her BG than to chance her being low. If she will eat more, I would give her more. If not, yes give her a little more honey?
Do you have the ability to check her BG at home?
Do you have the ability to measure her temperature at home?
If she has a fever, her panting and listlessness may not be due to her diabetes at all, but she may have something else going on.
Dogs with a high blood sugar do not usually have any obvious symptoms except the increased drinking that develops. Dogs that have a low BG can act listless, but what I am saying is that I am worried that she may have a fever and may have something else going on that is causing the panting and the lethargy. If she has developed an infection or even an inflammatory process is going on (like a pancreatitis), that would throw off her BG regulation. I am worried that may be what has happened.
Do you have a digital thermometer that you can use to measure her body temperature rectally?
You will not hurt her by giving honey or food, even if her BG is high right now. I would not give any more insulin until you have her BG checked. If you take her temperature and she registers anything over 103, especially if the panting continues, I would consider seeking emergency services tonight.
If she starts acting sicker or becoming more lethargic, I am worried she may have developed ketoacidosis and this can be a serious complication of diabetes that requires immediate attention.
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I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.
Just following up to see how Zoe was doing this morning.