1. Ilovemiki

    Ilovemiki New Member

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    Hi!
    My name is Anna and my 14 year old female calico was just diagnosed with diabetes. It started with a steroid shot and now we have a diagnosis.
    She is now on Hill’s Rx diet and only on wet food effective today. Has been getting 1 unit of Lantau Solostar twice daily, but is hovering around 450, after the insulin. Need to adjust dose, but can’t keep taking her in, as the new vet wants.
    Having been lost once in 2008 and having come back from a lengthy hospital stay, she just wants to be at home. I am a healthcare provider and with some guidance can try to manage her at home.
    I’d like to increase the dosage, is 1/2 a unit ok?
     
  2. Lisa and Smoky

    Lisa and Smoky Well-Known Member

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    I would think half a unit would be ok as long as you are able to check her BG on occasion. You may also want to post on the general health board as you may get more responses that way.
     
  3. Idjit's mom

    Idjit's mom Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to FDMB Anna and Miki. You are going to find the information, advice and support you are looking for here on the board. You will be able to manage Miki's diabetes treatment at home. Home testing, keeping track of the blood sugar test results on our spreadsheet and a better diet for Miki are going to give you better results, while saving you money at the vet and decreasing the "stress readings" at the vet for Miki. Typically, going to the vet raises those BG results. In addition, the Hill's Rx food Miki is on is not the best choice, it's too high in carbs and is actually not a "prescription" food at all. There are better choices at better costs. Also, transitioning to all wet lower carb food is going to reduce the blood sugar levels, and it's best to be testing to help prevent a hypo event (blood sugar too low).
    Please create your signature telling us more about Miki HERE, this information will display with each of your posts and provide pertinent information to advising members.
    The Main Health forum is the next place to post, more members monitor that forum to assist members: MAIN
    There are what we call "stickies" with important information at the top of each forum, you can visit the LANTUS insulin forum for information on that insulin, the protocols used here for increasing/decreasing insulin etc. You could post there with your questions regarding insulin dose increases and the experienced members will be able to advise.
    Please visit and read through the FAQs forum Index, and the very important Hypo information found there. Very useful info for new members there: FAQs
    We can help you and Miki on this new journey and experience. Best wishes going forward! :cat:
     
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  4. Bron and Sheba

    Bron and Sheba Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome.
    We recommend increasing in 1/4 (0.25 unit increments). It is safer and you are less likely to go past the best dose.
    Also look into home testing blood sugar levels. Best thing you can do for your kitty to keep her safe. .
    Post over on the main forum with your questions. We are very happy to help :)
     
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  5. Ilovemiki

    Ilovemiki New Member

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    Thank you, so much
     
  6. Ilovemiki

    Ilovemiki New Member

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    Hi all,
    Thank you so much. What a relief. I’ve been so upset, not the least of which because I seemed to be getting no guidance from the vet. I’ve had to learn how to use the alpha tracker on YouTube, after being told that they’ll show me how to use it only after I bring her in for more testing. This after I told them that she was extremely agitated on the last trip, peed in the carrier and they couldn’t do anything after I got her there (though I still paid $70).
    I seem to be having navigating the site on the phone, will try on laptop at work tomorrow. Wanted to make sure to thank everyone for their input. Truly appreciate it. I also got Kiwi kitchens chicken formula, any thoughts?
    Once again, deeply grateful. And Miki thanks you all too. She’s really an awesome cat.
     
  7. Bron and Sheba

    Bron and Sheba Well-Known Member

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    I'm so sorry you have not had support from your vet. Most cats get stressed going to the vet so we all get that! It is a very stressful time learning your kitty has FD. But the great thing is you have definitely come to the right place. There are lots of very knowledgable people here who will help you all through this journey. It is a very manageable disease and it's great to have other people who understand, to talk things through with.
    Here is a link to suitable canned cat foods. Choose ones that have 10% or less carbs.
    We'd love to see a photo of Miki :cat:
    Bron
     
  8. Ilovemiki

    Ilovemiki New Member

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    What is a “good” BG range with insulin injections? We have been giving her 1unit for past one month, swich d her to wet food and she’s still hovering in the high 400’s. After tonight’s reading I gave her 2 units. I’ve been using the same Lantus pen, though it says to discard after 28 days. Is that the problem? Not sure I can afford a new pen as well as vet visits every month.
    A pharmacist friend said the pen’s still ok, though has slightly less potency. She suggested going to 2 units.
     

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