Crazy question... can Zobaline cause increase in BG?

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  1. Sally the Calico

    Sally the Calico Member

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    Not that Sally's numbers have been that low, but as I'm thinking about it... it seems that around the same time I started giving her 1 Zobaline pill a day, we started getting very high numbers, especially in the 500+

    Yesterday I did home curve testing and saw the first 200's in a while. I was thinking over it and realized that I had forgotten to give her a Zobaline pill yesterday. I gave her one today, and her PMPS was "HI" meaning back up to 600+. (I didn't test btwn AMPS and PMPS, just to give her a break from the curve)

    Perhaps I'm over thinking it, but I did pull it up on Amazon, and only one reviewer mentioned their cat had higher BG numbers....

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    COPIED FROM AMAZON REVIEW:
    Exhibiting signs of very high sugars after using Zobaline
    Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
    Verified Purchase
    This was recommended by our vet and was somewhat difficult to find. Within 24 hours of starting this supplement our cat started exhibiting all the signs of high blood sugar. Increased hunger, giant leap in water consumption (5x) and urination (5x). It was like we took a giant leap backwards in our blood sugar management. After two weeks we stopped and behavior returned to normal.
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    Anyway, I understand how great Zobaline is for neuropathy, but has anyone else noticed any negative side effects like this? Sally's back legs are not that bad, but I had noticed she has difficulty jumping on the couch, so that's why I started using it.

    I think I will hold off on it for now and see if it makes a difference in her numbers. Or maybe I should go to half a pill?
     
  2. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    You might want to note in the Remarks column the date you started Zobaline. It's easier to see those sorts of patterns if you note any time you change anything like food, medications, new vial/pen of insulin. Personally, I never saw a difference with Neko - it's just B12 and folic acid.

    I think Sally is so high tonight because she's bouncing. She dropped pretty fast last night. Might even have seen blue a couple hours later.
     
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  3. Diane Tyler's Mom

    Diane Tyler's Mom Well-Known Member

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    I have never seen it cause my cats BG to go higher
     
  4. Sally the Calico

    Sally the Calico Member

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    thanks. I've read up on bouncing, but I can't seem to wrap my brain around how to recognize it yet.
     
  5. Tina Marie and Jan

    Tina Marie and Jan Well-Known Member

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    Trish - I started giving Zobaline August 5, after Tina was diagnosed July 3. I am thinking I'll never stop it . . . she is close to walking and jumping normally again, after practically living on the couch for months. Controlled BG gives the best chance of healing neuropathy, but I love adding the Zobaline too.

    I never saw or thought about it raising BG.
     
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  6. Sally the Calico

    Sally the Calico Member

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    I'm probably just overthinking it. Thanks! I really would like to see her back to jumping normally again :)
     
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  7. SnowKat

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    I don't have an answer to the OP's question, but in doing my own research on Zobaline, I see it has several added ingredients: moncrystaline cellulose (a complex carb... not sure if it would impact BG?), stearic acid, calcium silicate, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate. I wonder if an alternative Methylcobalamin that didn't have so many added ingredients might be a better option? I was looking at this one in particular: Amazon link. I would love to hear the thoughts of more knowledgeable diabetic cat owners.
     
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  8. Gracie85

    Gracie85 Member

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    No! This contains alcohol. Alcohol is poison to cats!
     
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  9. SnowKat

    SnowKat Member

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    Ach, good call! Thank you!!
     
  10. Tina Marie and Jan

    Tina Marie and Jan Well-Known Member

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    Look in THIS thread (may need to scroll up)

    @SnowKat click on the link above, and you can find a safe option -- it is Vitacost B12, but I don't know if there are possibly additives in that (wouldn't think, but I don't know)! It is missing the folic acid that Zobaline has, but that can be added separately.

    PS. Edward is Gorgeous!
     
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  11. SnowKat

    SnowKat Member

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    @Tina Marie and Jan - Thank you for the link... reading now... and thank you for the compliment on my boy :) He's a real lover.
     
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  12. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    Bouncing takes a while to recognize. See if the second post in this thread helps.
     
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  13. Sally the Calico

    Sally the Calico Member

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    That's excellent! Ive read it twice now... I may have to print it out until it sticks in my brain!
     

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