BG 22, new low.

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by mary hornbeck, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. mary hornbeck

    mary hornbeck Member

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    can someone please advise me. My cats sugar was at a new low of 22 at the PMPS. After guving him karo and 1 can of good it went up to 315, should I still give him insulin? This was at 6p and now it is 7:10p
     
  2. mary hornbeck

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    Is my window to give insulin gone? Or didn’t I need to give insulin since BG went up to 315?
     
  3. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

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    I have to wonder if the 22 was a wonky test strip.....anytime you get a number that's that "out of whack", it's a good idea to test again to make sure

    Can you shoot again in 12 hours? If you can, I think you could go ahead and shoot now but I'd drop the dose back down, just in case that 22 was a real number

    I'd plan on getting a couple more tests in tonight too just to make sure he doesn't drop back down (like a +1 and +2 to start with)
     
  4. mary hornbeck

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    Judt got another reading:
    6p- BG 22, no insulin, gave 1-2 cans of fancy feast and 1/2 teaspoon of karo
    6:22- BG 315
    7:22- BG 345
     
  5. mary hornbeck

    mary hornbeck Member

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    I think I over did it with the karo, I always forget about the emergency cans that have gravy
     
  6. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

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    That's still an awfully high jump, even for Karo and lots of food

    I really think most likely that 22 was a bad strip

    How was he acting? Any different?
     
  7. mary hornbeck

    mary hornbeck Member

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    Should I give him his dose of 1.75/units
     
  8. mary hornbeck

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    Acting normal
     
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  9. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    I'd do 1.5 just to be sure, but I really don't feel the 22 was a valid test. If she was that low she would almost definitely have obvious signs... Like falling over or seizures. I think it was a bad test.
     
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  10. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    I am fairly certain it was a bad strip or the blood sample was way too small. If you ever get a weird number like that, retest immediately.
     
  11. mary hornbeck

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    I can shoot now
     
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  12. donnalea

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    If nothing else, this has been a learning experience. Low numbers can be scary. It does look like a bad strip. It never hurts to do a recheck if you get an unexpected number, either high or low. I'm glad it all turned out OK.
     
  13. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

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    In 2015 Squallie had a hypo with a number of 22 and was completely asymptomatic, so it can happen. However, I agree that in this case it was most likely a wonky strip, or too small a sample; the Relion meters will almost always give an incorrect, low reading if the sample is not large enough.
     
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  14. Stephanie & Quintus

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    I'm assuming a human meter? Some cats can go real low and not get any signs. The guideline my vet gave me was that down to 36 on a pet meter (so guessing that could easily be 20 on a human one) there was no cause for panic (and probably no signs). Just putting that out there.
     

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