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​Transitioning From Summer To Autumn With A Diabetic Dog

Posted by Nancy For PetTest, AAHA Certified Diabetes Educator on Sep 15th 2020

​Transitioning From Summer To Autumn With A Diabetic Dog

It’s that time of year again when the seasons change and temperatures change also. As we all know, changing temperatures can affect BG (blood glucose). Before you freak out because you don’t know what’s going on, look back in your journal to this time last year (if your pup has been diabetic for a year) or look back to spring to see what happened when the temperatures went up. Most of you will find that your pup needed less insulin in the warmer temperatures. My pup needed more. We never went with “the pack” lol.

I know from experience that the first morning that you have a fasting number that is out of line, you scratch your head and wonder what is going on, you don’t take it too seriously because, let's face it, there are outliers all the time. When it continues for several days, it’s a pattern and needs to be investigated. This is why we journal. So that we have a record and a history. Something to reference to help us in situations like this.

The weather isn’t the first thing that comes to mind in a situation like this, usually we think of infection or dental… I say start simple. Eliminate the easy stuff before thinking about the complex stuff. Sometimes, the more we learn, the more complex we tend to make things. Always, start simple. Look for the most basic explanation first. You can always consider the more complex possibilities later.

If your pup has been diabetic for over a year, go back in your journal and see if you faced something similar last year or the year before. If you have, your roadmap will be right there to get you back on track.

Here are some earlier blog posts that touch on this subject:

https://shoppettest.com/blog/change-of-seasons-for-your-diabetic-dog/

https://shoppettest.com/blog/the-importance-of-journaling/

https://shoppettest.com/blog/what-happened-to-my-diabetic-dogs-numbers/

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