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Ask the Vet About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

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Ask the Vet About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 24, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Nutrition

Question:What types of food is available for diabetic cats at 16 years old our kitty was diagnosed with diabetes she is currently taking 2.5 u of pro zinc 2 times per day.

Answer:The food I have had the most success with over the years with cats is Purina DM. If they will eat only this food, I can often wean them off of their insulin. (There is no bias in recommending this food on my part - Purina doesn't pay me anything to endorse their food. . . unfortunately, lol)

Date: Apr 10, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diabetes

Question:good morning. Our 12 year old miniature schnauzer has been dx with diabetes, cataracts now and loss of hearing within the last 4 or 5 months, he eats well and is on 4units of insulin 2x day. We can always feel his bones, sometimes, prominently. His other functions are normal. Thank you for any help.

Answer:Diabetic older dogs can get really skinny until their blood sugar is well regulated. Work with your veterinarian to get his blood sugar well regulated - it may take many rechecks to find the perfect dosage of insulin. You should see a drop in the amount of water he drinks when he starts to become more well regulated. Using a prescription diet formulated for diabetic dogs usually helps. Since he is eating well, adding a third meal in the middle of the day may help - you don't want that meal to make him not hungry for the meals that you give him the insulin though, so if you find that happening, just increase the amount of food you are giving him twice daily.

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diamicron mr

Question:My vet has prescribed 15g of diamichron mr in the morning and now night. After 17 days in the morning vast improvement to his excessive water consumption and urination. Only been three days taking at night, but improvement very slow and still having urination accident during the night if i don't hear him to let out. How long before I see an improvement during the night. Thank you

Answer:I have never used Diamichron in my diabetic patients so you will have to ask whoever prescribed it - it isn't commonly used in veterinary medicine. The prescription diets for diabetic dogs help regulate their blood sugar as well, so hopefully you are using one of these diets as well.

Date: Apr 7, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Insulin

Question:My 45 lb 4 yr pitbull has been given 20 units of vetsulin twice daily. She is on this http://myuntangledlife.com/homemade-dog-food-for-diabetic-dogs/ diet since diagnosis 4 months ago. I add 3 lbs. WD prescription dog food to the mix. Her glucose levels have never been below 400 but they stay pretty level throughout the day. Her eyesight is failing. Vet says she's already at her max dosage of insulin. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions? Is this all we can do for her?

Answer:"Her glucose levels have never been below 400" = this is really worrisome 4 months in. I would consider going to see an internal medicine specialist - make sure they are board certified in internal medicine - they are often at Veterinary Schools.They may change her type of insulin. They will almost certainly put her on a diet that has been proven to help millions of diabetic dogs. Looking at the ingredients of the homemade diet is not enough - you need to see how hundreds of diabetic dogs respond to the diet.

Date: Mar 27, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Others
Topic: both my cat and dog have diabetes

Question:I'm giving them insulin twice a day... but what else can I do to help them? My vet suggests a special diet for my cat... the only problem is I have 2 other cats so its difficult to feed my diabetes cat (male about 10) separately. Is there anywhere else I can purchase this food, besides my vets office.

Answer:I would definitely get them on the prescription food - sometimes, especially with cats, the diets work so well you no longer have to give insulin after a while. You can find the prescription food online through lots of retailers but you will need a prescription from your veterinarian.

Date: Mar 17, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hyper thyroid and diabetes

Question:We had a 20 year old cat that has been treated, at the maximum dose, with methimazole for hyperthyroidism for the last 2 years. At that time it was the only ailment detectable after exhaustive blood and urine testing. Now, he is drinking more, has gotten thinner and is urinating a great deal...all the symptoms of diabetes. Due to his advanced age, we are wondering if it is even worthwhile to treat diabetes at this time. He eats VERY well...though still thin...and is affectionate and social. We are at an impasse, financially and morally, and we love him bunches and only want him to not "suffer". Is there any treatments, sans insulin and daily blood monitoring we can persue? Looking for your opinion, here. Thank you for any help or suggestions you can render

Answer:I would worry about kidney disease as well. And, yes, to directly answer your question - there are really good prescription diets that help tremendously with diabetes, especially in a cat, and kidney disease. So I would recommend taking him in to see if it's diabetes or kidney disease and get him on the appropriate diet +/- change his dosage of methimazole +/- other medications.

Date: Jan 14, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  Toy poodle with diabetic

Question: What's the best food without a prescription it's hard to get to the vet to get a prescription for the dog food do you have any recommendations for buying any type of food at Petco without prescription

Answer:In my opinion and experience, I am NOT fan of most of the prescription and often overpriced diabetic diets. I much prefer a PROPER home made diet as you can see on the website www.k9petchef.com or those recipes in book Dr Pitcairn's Guide To Natural Health For dogs and cats by Richard PItcairn, DVM, phd. You can also try STARCH free diet Wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds.

Date: Jan 9, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: food

Question:what do i feed my dog for dieabetic

Answer:In my opinion and experience, I would feed your dog minimally processed, low carb diets such as Wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds. I am not big fan of processed commercial pet foods sold by many vets. I also like proper home made diets such as those in book by Dr Pitcairn on natural health for dogs and cats

Date: Aug 28, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetic Dog - Diet

Question:My Tekel Is 12 Years Old And I Have Been Giving Her Insulin Shots For Diabetes Twice A Day For The Last 4 Years. She Is Doing Well - But I Live Overseas And Getting Her Medicine Is Difficult. I Also Give Her Vetoryl Once A Day. Are There Dietary Options And/or Other Options For Treatment That I Might Want To Consider?

Answer:See The Information On The Lignans For Pets Which Will Discuss Holistic Options For Cushings. Also The Website Www.petwellbeing.com I Would Not Stop Traditional Treatment, However Unless Your Pet Is Under Care Of A Local Vet

Date: Jul 23, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:Our 7 Year Old Westie Was Just Diagnosed With Diabetes Along With A Bout Of Pancreatitis 7-7-16, He Spent 7 Days In The Animal Hospital Icu, We Are Grateful To Have Him Home Again. There Are A Couple Of Concerns, #1 His Glucose Levels Run Very High (mostly In The High 400). Last Friday I Did A Curve At Home For The Vet And She Added 1 Unit To Bring It To 6 Units Twice A Day. Our Dog Is Not And Never Has Been Over Weight, And Now Is Very Thin Because He Was So Sick. #2 I Think Because He Is Only Eating Boiled Chicken Breast And No Fiber He Is Not Pooping. Any Ideas And Or Suggestion Would Be Very Welcomed

Answer:I Would Make Sure You Get Consultation With Vet Internist Or Specialist In Internal Medicine To Have Ultrasound, Urine Culture, Etc To Make Sure No Complicating Factors And That Full Workup Has Been Done Appropriately. I Personally Prefer Fresh Home Made Diets As Ideal Option To The Processed Commercial Garbage Sold In Vet Offices. See Www.k9petchef.com And Chef Loreen For Individualized Diet And Recipe Based On Condition, Sex, Age And Breed

Date: Jul 17, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Blood In The Urine

Question:I Just Find Out My Dog Has Diabetes My Vet Has Him On 4 Units Of Insulin He Is Still Drinking Urinate A Lot We Have Him In Diapers Took It Off This Morning And It Is Full Of Blood Check Him Outside And Is It Is Pure Red Coming Out Of His Urine.

Answer:Best To Have Vet Recheck And Urine Culture To See If Resistant Bacterial Infection And/or X Rays To Make Sure No Bladder Stones. Regulating Diabetics Takes Time And Patience, And You Should Be Following Up With Your Local Vet For Blood Sugar Measurements And/or Insulin Adjustments

Date: Jul 7, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Diabetic Cat

Question:My 13 Yr Old Persian Is Currently Getting Insulin Subq Twice A Day Along With Glucose Checks. His Diabetes Is Pretty Well Managed Since We Started Him On Insulin. He Stays Within The 100s And Some Days Gets To 200s But Not Often. We Follow A Chart According To His Blood Sugars And It Will Say How Much Of A Dose To Give Him. I Have Noticed On The Days That When He Is Under 150 To Give Him Insulin. But When We Do End Up Giving Him Insulin Regardless If He Eats Well Or Not He Drops To The 20's And He Seems Somewhat Okay, Maybe A Little Lethargic But He Drops So Low And It Makes Me So Nervous! I Understand That Pro Zinc Insulin Is Long Acting And I Notice If We Don't Give Him Any Units He Gets In The 200 Range But If We Do Give Him Some Insulin He Goes As Low As In The 20s! I Feel As Though We Are Overdosing Him On Insulin. Is There A Better Solution As To Keep Him From Dropping So Low? I Also Want Him To Be Well Controlled And Don't Want Him To Get Too High Either.

Answer:You May Want To Consider A Prescription Diabetic Diet From Your Vet, Which May Help In Management And Can Sometimes Avoid Insulin. Also Can Consider Low Carb Diet As Well. I Prefer Home Made Meat Based Diets See The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier

Date: Jun 3, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Extreme Weight Loss In Diabetic Cat

Question:My Cat Roman Has Been On Insulin Since 2013. First On Lantus, Then He Crashed In December, 2015 And Was Changed To Prozinc. He Has Steadily Lost Weight Even Though He Eats Constantly. He Does Not Get Dry Food And Although He Won't Eat The Prescription Diabetic Cat Food, I Give Him Cat Food That Has Few Carbs, And One (fancy Feast Fish & Shrimp), Which Has Zero Carbs. I Let Him Eat Boiled Or Baked Chicken (without Skin, Etc.) And People's Canned Tuna And Salmon In Water- As Much As He Wants. He Is Still Skin And Bones And Very Listless. He Has Been For Several Glucose Curves And They Just Keep Increasing His Insulin Dose With No Luck And His Blood Glucose Rarly Drops Below 400. What Can I Do Or What Am I Doing Wrong? Please Help, Because If I Can't Figure Something Out Soon, I Will Have To Send Him To The 'rainbow Bridge', Because I Can't Stand To Watch Him With No Quality Of Life At All. He's My Little Guy.

Answer:He Should Have Urine Culture And Analysis To Make Sure On Infections Preventing Diabetes Good Regulation As Well As X Rays And/or Ultrasound/other Blood Work To Look For Underlying Other Causes Here

Date: Mar 24, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:What Are The Sign

Answer:Signs Of Diabetes Include Increased Thirst/urination And Weight Loss

Date: Feb 18, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:Our Dog Was Diagnosed With Diabetes About Three To Four Months Ago. Our Vet Started Him On Three Units Of Insulin Twice A Day. We Have Now Increased His Dose To 5 Units A Day As He Was Still Drinking Heavily And His Curve Test Showed His Blood Sugar Still In The 300's. He Used To Never Have Accidents In The House (maybe One Or Two In The Previous Two Years). He Now Will Have Accidents Weekly It Seems Even If We Are Home And Letting Him Out Frequently. My Question Is There Something Other Than The Diabetes That Could Be Causing This Sudden Surge In Accidents In The House? Are There Are Things We Can Do Besides Insulin To Help Treat His Diabetes?

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vet To Do A Urine Analysis And/or Urine Culture As Many Diabetics Will Have Secondary Urinary Infections Which Can Sometimes Interfere With Diabetic Management And Which Need To Be Addressed. Also I Would Ask Your Vet About Cushings Disease As Well, Which Can Sometimes Complicate Simple Diabetic Management


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