Underweight diabetic

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Re: Underweight diabetic

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:46 pm

Could you post a picture of her so we can get a better idea of how much weight she needs to gain? :)

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Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:58 pm

The reason your vet prescribed w/d is because studies have shown that fiber helps slow the absorption of glucose. So putting her on a high-protein, low-carb diet is the opposite of the type of diet to help her regulate her blood sugar.

If you're concerned about commercial diets, I would consider having your vet contact petdiets.com and have a veterinary nutritionist formulate a diet specifically for her condition.

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Re: Underweight diabetic

Postby PITtsburgher » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:10 pm

If I were you I would look for an Internal Medicine specialist vet and then possibly a board-certified veterinary nutritionist. If there is a vet school near you they will have those services, or you can look up a vet specialty center near you. It may be that the diabetes is not well regulated or that there is another metabolic condition going on as well. It must be extremely frustrating to be in your position, but if 3 regular vets can't figure it out I don't think lay people on the internet are going to figure it out either... a specialist is your best bet. Hope your baby feels better soon!

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Re: Underweight diabetic

Postby Timas Mom » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:52 pm

"The reason your vet prescribed w/d is because studies have shown that fiber helps slow the absorption of glucose. So putting her on a high-protein, low-carb diet is the opposite of the type of diet to help her regulate her blood sugar."

Royal Canin Vet rx diabetic formula is high protein

Are the ingredients better, not in my opinion , but I'm afraid low protein high fibre is not the only opt even in vet rx food.

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Underweight diabetic

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:15 pm

I didn't say it was the only option, I explained why vets prescribe it.

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Re: Underweight diabetic

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:45 pm

w/d is still the preferred diabetic diet for dogs. Unlike cats, carbohydrates do not affect glycemic control, but fiber does. Therefore, a high fiber diet is strongly recommended for diabetic dogs.

If your dog is underweight, I would concentrate less on the diet and more on glycemic control. When was your dogs last glucose curve and what were the results? If the diabetes is not properly controlled, then your dog is losing calories in an uncontrolled manner through its urine, and this is far more important than the calories your dog is eating.

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Underweight diabetic

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:30 pm

beautiful girl.

Have they ruled out other concurrent diseases?

I hope you find an answer soon.

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Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:41 pm

Her case sounds much like that of a schnauzer that comes to our clinic-- it took months of testing and visits to the vet college here before they have him stabilized.

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Re: Underweight diabetic

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:28 pm

have you done a 24 hour glucose curve? Its hard to do a proper glucose curve at a traditional clinic due to the hours of operation, so doing a glucose curve at home may be a better plan. My clinic charges a consultation charge of about $45 to interpret a curve done at home, so its also much cheaper than a clinic curve in most cases.

The glucose would be measured every 2 hours for 12 hours in a traditional curve, and every 2 hours for 24 hours in an extended curve. What you are looking for is evidence of the somogyi effect, which can be a cause for poor regulation.


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