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Experience with a diabetic dog?

Our daughter's/son-in-law's Lab (Cody - almost 10 years old) lives with us most of the time due to allergies in their family. She goes back home for visits once in a while.

Cody has been with us for the last month and was losing weight and drinking almost a gallon of water a day so my daughter took her to the vet. Just found out today that she has diabetes and will have to have insulin injections 2x a day. I don't know any more than that because I didn't talk to the vet and only had a brief conversation with my daughter.

As the main care giver, I'm wondering what to expect when she is on insulin. Will she soon regain her weight and strength? As with humans, is there a balance needed between the amount of food she gets every day (I'm thinking about the extras like treats, bully sticks, cheese-filled bones) and her insulin? Giving her daily injections will be a challenge for me but I'm told that there is less chance of a successful treatment with oral insulin. Anything else I should be aware of or ask the vet? I think we all are going to meet with him in a few days.
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Talk to your vet about glucose curves. That will determine her highs and lows. You will need to drop her off at your vet early in the morning and they will then draw blood every few hours and get proper readings. Your vet should be able to explain it further and most likely would want to do one if one has not been done yet. He/she will then instruct you on nutrition as well. Dogs, when owner compliance is maintained, can live long lives on insulin without complication. Its getting the dog regulated and keeping in contact with your Vet and doing regular glucose curves, that must be a priority to acheive the best results. Best of luck to you and yours......
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be aware of the symptoms and how to treat Insulin overdose too.

Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes In Dogs - Canine Diabetes Guide - Treatment For Dog Diabetes

Diabetes in Dogs

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