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depoqueen

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Hi all -

Haven't been here in quite some time, but you've always been a source of good advice so I am hoping you can help us with your collective wisdom. 

My sweet boy Hagrid was diagnosed today with diabetes.  He's going to be eight in two mos.  He'd been fine but recently I'd noticed that he was sleeping a lot, not very excited when he saw me, not like him at all.  It eventually got so bad he just slept all the time.  Hate to admit my ignorance, but I didn't even know that dogs got diabetes. 

I am filling his prescription for insulin tomorrow when the pharmacy opens, but my vet was not very informative about what I should feed him, other than a low carb dog food. Just gave me a prescription for insulin and needles and told me to come back in a month.  I've been doing my homework and trying to find my way through all the info on the Internet.  I've purchased some Vetlonx and test strips. 

As soon as he's feeling a bit better (couple of days, perhaps)  we will begin putting him on a regular exercise program, but nothing too strenuous.  Here's what I can't seem to track down.  What the hell do I feed him???  I need a name of a specific dog food and can't seem to really find anything.  Would Blue be a good dog food for a diabetic dog?  I know you can feed home-made dog food, but let's be realistic:  Working full time, have kids, take care of my father with dementia ... not gonna happen.  Also, how much do I feed him now?  He's around 190, lost about 20 lbs. I realize that 3 meals would be best, so planning on doing that when schedule permits.   Just so sad my sweet boy isn't feeling well.  Any guidance would be very much appreciated.   Thanks in advance.[frown]
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JUST FYI I fed raw to 9 cat 3 of them.special.needs a dog and had a baby and a.full time job and a.part time job. Its not hard or expensive. So IF it is something you are intrested it can be done. Just saying...
But if you rather research what you feel is best for you I suggest to check The whole.dog journal for articles. Subscribe would be a benefit to get them all. Also check Dogs naturally.magazine.
Remember sugars are bad..duh right [smile] but carbs and I think starch convert to sugars..Something to consider looking at kibbles.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/15_5/features/Canine-Diabetes-Diagnosis-and-Treatment_20521-1.html
Good luck

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Thanks for getting back to me!  This has been really difficult to get any info on.  My vet literally handed me a prescription for insulin and that was the extent of it, other than giving me the dosage.  I'd be interested in the raw diet.  If anything, just so I can switch things up for him here and there.  We've upped his insulin, switched his food, taking him for walks, and his numbers look better but still not within normal limits.  He definitely is feeling much better.  We're getting there!
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Although not a Mastiff, my sister's black lab lived to be l5 on insulin. They never changed to a raw diet, just modified her regular diet accordingly to keep her healthy. It was not hard to do and I wish you all the luck for your Mastiff, Hagrid. He will do just fine with a MOM like YOU...
hugs to you and your beastie too..
Gina
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depoqueen

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Aww, thanks.  He's my buddy.  Just glad to see him feeling better.
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Yep that is the extent of a lot of vets. 
I would also lay off vaccinations. Horrible stuff and not needed per new studies coming out. 
Here are some links I found to confuse you. [wink] Kidding, but try not to overwhelm yourself with info but learn what you can while your doing this. Also try to work with a holistic vet on the issue for nutritional guideline. 

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/canine-diabetes-prevention-and-treatment/

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/diabetes-and-vaccination/

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/15_5/features/Canine-Diabetes-Diagnosis-and-Treatment_20521-1.html

This one is subscription needed
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/15_6/features/Best-Dog-Food-For-Diabetic-Dogs_20543-1.html

Some folks here feed raw I think, as well as some facebook groups and MOC.

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Had a cat with diabetes, we fed him prescription diet food that our vet recommended. You will probably want to find a new vet that can answer your questions. We went through a few differnt types of insulin before we found one that took and when the fda took one we were using off the market. You should probably have him retested every week or 2 until they find the correct dosage and if the insulin is taking. Our cat ended up with nerve damage in his back legs from it and walked on his hocks but lived fine for another 3-4 years before his kidneys gave out. you can get insulin and needles cheaper at dr fosters and smith
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Thank you!  I will check out that site.
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