Thank you for getting back to me. It can take some time to get a diabetic dog stabilized. If it continues to be a problem, I recommend taking your dog to an endocrinologist. Often when a dog can't be stabilized, there is another health condition compounding the problem. A specialist would know about all the possibilities and how to test for them. Endocrinologists are usually on staff at veterinary teaching hospitals. This link will take you to a directory of them:
Another resource where you may get ideas and support would be other owners of diabetic dogs. Online groups are a good place to talk to them. This page has several groups with information on how to join:
You're right that there is a lot of information out there, and it's hard to judge what's good. The following site has lots of information on diabetic dogs. It is endorsed by Cornell University, and is reliable. There's a section on problem cases, which you can reach by scrolling down on the page that describes diabetes. It explains some of the conditions that can interfere with stabilization. There is also a list of links where you can find information on preparing diets for diabetic dogs.
On any homecooked diet, a dog needs to be given supplemental calcium. If you aren't doing that already, you'll need to start. This page has information on how to add calcium to homecooked diets (you'll need to scroll down just a little):
Chromium has been found to help human stabilize blood sugar, but no one has studied it in dogs. The same is true of cinnamon. Sometimes a helpful food or supplement in humans can be harmful to dogs. It's best to ask your vet about using any supplement for a dog that is ill. That being said, some people have added chromium to their diabetic dogs' diets. They didn't notice any difference. There is more information available in the links on the left side of the diabetes.org site I listed above. There is also a section on the homepage about "miracle cures" that you'll want to read.
Dirt-eating is often a psychological issue rather than a health issue. It could be that the added stress in the household of dealing with Tucker's illness has affected him in this way. Sometimes a parasite infestation can lead to dirt-eating, so if you haven't had a stool sample checked for worms recently, you may want to do that. More rarely, a diet deficiency can cause the problem. If your dog's diet hasn't had adequate calcium in it, that would be a possibility. If that's the case, supplementing with calcium would solve the problem. Too much calcium is also not good, so be sure to read the information at the above links, or consult your vet on the amount to feed.
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