Newbie here! Spreadsheet review?

Discussion in 'Caninsulin / Vetsulin and N / NPH' started by TankNRK, Jan 9, 2023.

  1. TankNRK

    TankNRK Member

    Dec 1, 2022
    Hi everyone! We're new here. Been lurking for a month but hadn't posted. My vet recommended the forum to me as well as the Facebook groups when we were diagnosed at the end of November. Lando is 8-9yrs old and is a tripod- back leg amputee. We've had him for 5 years.

    We're on Vetsulin but plan to switch to something more gentle in the near future, vet only recommended Vetsulin at the time because Lando was unwell and she had it on hand and wanted him to have something immediately over nothing.
    Thankfully my vet agrees with more gentle insulins, she agrees with home testing, has a copy of my spreadsheet, and told me the prescription diets are junk and gave me info on feeding low carb/high protein foods over the counter... She had a diabetic cat herself and she's been an angel.

    The last week or so Lando and I have been seeing much better numbers, so much so I've been adjusting his dosage accordingly! We keytones test as well and started giving b12/folic acid about the same time his numbers started improving. Since I'm still a newbie, it's been a little spooky adjusting his dosage and I've been wondering if I'm doing this right. Thankfully I've had this message board and the Facebook groups to help teach and guide me and I feel more confident every single day.

    I was hoping someone with more experience could go over my spreadsheet and give me some insight? This morning we had our lowest AMPS and I was a little nervous with his dosage but I'm going to go home on break today to pop in and check on my 3 legged boy to see how he's doing. behavior-wise over the last week or two he's been back to his normal self before diagnosis and I'm proud ❤️

    Thank you for all you do!
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  2. TankNRK

    TankNRK Member

    Dec 1, 2022
    I'd like to note that when I've felt the need, I check him on my break at +4.5 which is around where he usually drops lowest from my experience! :)
  3. Gus the Furminator

    Gus the Furminator Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2021
    Hi Tank and Lando (Kim from FB)! Happy to see you over here!!

    I’m going to tag @FrostD to see if she has a few moments to take a look at your SS and give you some feedback

    @Chris & China (GA)
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  4. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
    Hi Lando and Tank! Happy to see you posting over here from the FB group!

    First thing....this Vetsulin forum isn't very active so we usually suggest posting in the Main Health forum where you'll get more help getting started here.

    There's also some helpful stuff in this "How you can help us help you" thread that explains how to get your "Signature" set up (you'll see Kim and my signature below our comments. It just keeps people from having to ask you the same questions over and over again)

    Some more reading for you to do is the Sticky "Beginners guide to Vetsulin".

    It looks like you've been basing your dose on Lando's pre-shot number. While there are some cats that do well on a sliding scale, we usually recommend giving the same dose both AM and PM. Looks like 1.5 might be a little too much since we really don't like them getting much below 90-100 on Vetsulin but hopefully @FrostD will notice the tags and chime in with her advice.

    It is great to hear Lando is acting like he's feeling better though! It sure makes a difference, doesn't it?

    One little housekeeping note. On your spreadsheet, you need to start a new tab for 2023 because otherwise sometime in December 2023 you're going to run out of lines and the formatting won't work. Each tab is set for 365 days of use. If you need help with that, just let Kim (@Gus the Furminator ) or me (Chris Ronkoski on FB) know and we'll be happy to set it up for you.
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  5. TankNRK

    TankNRK Member

    Dec 1, 2022
    Thank you so much for the insight! I'll post there in the future hehe.

    We actually had Lando hit 52 @ nadir last night so I do indeed think a dose reduction is in order here lately we've gotten some crazy low numbers and it just happened out of the blue. It was my first "low" like that but thanks to everyone here I knew just what to do! He wasn't showing any symptoms so it's a good thing I tested.

    I gave a little low carb food and checked every 5-10 mins to see him start to come up, I didn't panic or go straight to the karo! I was careful and vigilant but now I REALLY think it's time for a dose reduction. We're about to do our am shot and not really sure what dosage to go with but I'm thinking back down to 1u would be good since I'll be working all week after today, I'd rather him start a little lower and need to increase then start too high still and have to be worried something like this will happen while I'm working!

    I'm new to spreadsheet and do it strictly on my phone so I'll try to figure that out today before asking someone to do it for me lol!
  6. FrostD

    FrostD Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2020
    (sorry for brevity, just trying to get you quick guidance)


    I would go down to 1U and give that any time above 200. We hopefully want to find a dose you can give consistently above 200. Below that is some sort of reduced dose or skip, depending on your ability to monitor and if you have a hypo kit.

    Any drop below 90 is a 0.25U reduction.
  7. TankNRK

    TankNRK Member

    Dec 1, 2022
    Hello FrostD!
    That sounds like a plan, I gave him 1u for this AM, we've been sitting in the 200s all day, I assume he's likely having a small bounce from yesterday. I'll hold this dose for awhile then do a curve. I let my vet know as well so she's in the loop!
    So for reference, if he drops below 90 as any time in his cycle that calls for a dose reduction on Vetsulin, correct?
    We do have a hypo kit ready and almost had to bust it open last night! Thankfully I didn't panic and handled it without the need for high carb food or karo ❤️
    Thanks for all y'all do, I'll be sure to post in the right thread next time haha.
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  8. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
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