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Our 13-yr-old MinPin/Chihuahua is diabetic. He started

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Hi, our 13-yr-old MinPin/Chihuahua is diabetic. He started throwing up in the middle of the night and continued thru the morning til it was only very liquidy yellowish consistency then stopped. He's been sleeping all day (nothing new) but he won't eat. He's been drinking quite a bit. Not as much as he did before we got the diagnosis of diabetes but more than usual for such a sedentary day. He's usually chicken crazy but is not interested at all in the chicken. We've not given him any insulin today but we're wondering if he can go til tomorrow w/o insulin or should we give him two units or so tonight. He gets 6 or 7 units twice per day. Thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. In general, one missed meal indicates no change in insulin dosage, two consecutive missed meals indicates halving the dose, and three consecutive missed meals indicates stopping insulin administration. I hope you've had him attended to by his vet at this time. His increased water intake (polydipsia) is a danger sign for an unregulated diabetic but also for chronic renal and hepatic insufficiency at Croûton's age. May I have an update on Croûton, please?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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