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Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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Customer: just diagnosed with diabetes-480 blood glucose---12

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Customer: just diagnosed with diabetes-480 blood glucose---12 year old birman-last Thursday diagnosed having trouble bringing blood sugar down-which may be I am not getting enough of the insulin in---1unit twice a day- today a couple of times she was walking with her left leg,lifting like she was marching,and then her head went down,her front and one back leg went shift,what do you think is causing this
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. I'll do all I can to help. Did the cat have a fall?
Customer: no,she did not I think perhaps she is not getting all of her insulin do to my giving it and it comes out when I withdraw,probably not getting enough skin in my grab or
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the cat's name?
Customer: dickens
JA: Anything else I can tell the Veterinarian before I connect you two?
Customer: i do not think so
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
Hello. Thanks for the question. Sorry about the long wait. It sounds like you're probably not getting her glucose and electrolytes as tightly regulated as we'd like. I'd check some bloodwork as soon as you can, paying special attention to the potassium and phosphorous. That ventral flexion or hanging of the neck is a common sign of low potassium. This is a common occurrence after starting insulin in newly diagnosed diabetics. You'll probably have to leave her on IV fluids for 12-24 hours to correct any electrolyte imbalance. From there, potassium supplement may or may not be needed. Most of the time we can get things back to square one with fluids and then the body maintains from there. On occasion, especially with any kidney impairment, they will go home on oral supplements as well. At the recheck, the vet can watch you give the injections and make sure you're doing it right. It sounds like you're getting the insulin in, especially if the potassium is dropping. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

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

Dr. Gary