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Am I giving to much insulin to my dog her glucose reading is

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am I giving to much insulin to my dog her glucose reading is low after i gave her insulin shot
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? How long has your lab been diagnosed with Diabetes? Which insulin is your dog is on and how much? Did Bambi eat before being you gave the insulin?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Bambi has been on insulin for about two months vetsuline 30 units and she ate before shot
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

Okay thanks for the additional information. Has she been on that dose of Insulin the whole time since she has been treated? 30 units seems like a large dose of insulin. Since blood glucose can vary with dogs throughout the day. I would recommend asking your veterinarian about having a blood glucose curve performed which allows to measure the blood glucose at different times through out the day to get a full understanding of how the insulin is affecting the body.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she stared @ 24 units and then the vet increased to 36, so too much can make her sugar be low???
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

Yes it can. Usually when we increase a dose of Insulin we don't know if it will be low until we run a blood glucose curve or when they start showing signs of lethargy or weakness from the low blood sugar. If that is the case then it is likely she will need to have her insulin lowered again.