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Does anyone know of a good resource for info on canine diabetes?? I'm a nurse and have taken care of hundreds and hundreds of human diabetics...but never a dog. I'm waiting for my vet appt...made it because over the last 2 weeks Winnie has been drinking much more water than usual...clinetested his urine out of curiosity and it was 4+ sugar. He's been ravenous...maybe lost a little weight...but I've also had all the hounds on a bit of a weight reduction diet so I never thought much of it.

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I had a dog with diabetes. She was a chocolate lab new foundland mix. I had to give her insulin shots twice a day. I had to feed her twice a day in the morning and at night. This had to be on a schedule because as you know you have to be very careful about the dosage of insulin you give. Before I fed her I had to check her urine with the dip stick. I used the ones that had both for ketones and glucose. Her glucose when she was diagnosed was over 500 units. She also was spilling ketones in her urine. She was in very bad shape but after a week in the hospital she came home.
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University of Missouri Tests Glucose Monitoring System
Diabetes mellitus is an increasing problem especially in small animals, and still the monitoring at home can be a serious problem. Veterinarians at the University examined the feasibility of using continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS) in different species (dogs, cats, and horses) and found it very useful.

The systems have a sensor in a small flexible needle that is inserted under the skin. The sensor is attached, via wires, to a recording device, and continually monitors the level of glucose in normal fluid under the skin, which then reflects the level of glucose in the blood.

The advantages of CGMS, according to university investigators:

•The animal does not have to be repeatedly handled and have multiple blood samples drawn.

•The animal can be at home and will be more likely to eat regular amounts of food and exercise normally.

•Levels of glucose can be determined every five minutes over a 24-hour period.

During the study, normal and diabetic dogs and cats showed little discomfort from the sensors or recording devices. Researchers found good correlation between CGMS and actual blood glucose levels, concluding use of CGMS in animals will be useful for glucose monitoring in the future.

Source: University tests glucose monitoring system. In: DVM Newsmagazine November 25, 2003. www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/
 
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