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He is a cavalier with diabetes and has recently lost a lot…

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He is a cavalier...

He is a cavalier with diabetes and has recently lost a lot of weight but is ravenous for food.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help with the diabetes. What is the dog's name and age?

Digger, age 9

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Digger

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Digger?

He has now started getting in the trash and jumping on the table to get food. He eats 2 cans of food a day plus snacks and all he can sneak. He has lost 20 pounds and is still losing.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Digger. Is this behavior in spite of his receiving insulin for his diabetes?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I give him insulin twice a day, 14 units
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you. How much does Digger weigh and which insulin are you giving him?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
20 pounds, and the insulin is Novulin N 100
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

The dose would seem to be appropriate but nonetheless he's poorly regulated and showing signs of persistent hyperglycemia. When was his last glucose curve performed?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I don't know
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Then he needs a glucose curve performed by his vet at your earliest convenience. You're going to lose him to diabetic ketoacidosis (a severe and life-threatening form of diabetes) if his blood sugar can't be managed properly. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok, I'll take him right now. thanks so much.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Good to hear. You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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