​Your Dog Is Newly Diagnosed Diabetic

Posted by Nancy For PetTest, AAHA Certified Diabetes Educator on Sep 1st 2020

​Your Dog Is Newly Diagnosed Diabetic

Whatever the symptoms were that made you take your pup to the vet, yay you for taking him/her in to see your vet! If you’re like me, the diagnosis took you by surprise. A HUGE surprise! I mean, who knew that dogs get diabetes!? The first thing that you do now is breathe. Deep breaths…

Next, sit with all of your new supplies. Get over your fear and understand what the supplies are for and how to use them. This is the time to ask all of your questions, and I mean ALL of your questions. Hopefully, your vet can answer them all in a way that you can understand. Don’t be afraid to ask “Why?” You need to understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it!

Food (except for pure protein and most vegetables) will raise blood glucose. Insulin will lower blood glucose. Getting this mix right is the key to good management. Using your meter at home is the best way to get a handle on this disease quickly which is what you want. Please don’t put your head in the sand and not test at home. It is the single most important thing to do to keep your pup safe and your costs down.

I promise you that putting your fears aside is the greatest gift that you can give your pup right now. I had never given a shot before Max got diabetes. Once I got over my fear of giving shots and testing, our journey got a whole lot easier, a whole lot faster and we were on our way to being in range.

The first 3 months after diagnosis when I started testing myself, my vet bill went from $2,500/month to almost nothing. Why did I wait so long? The easy answer is that I didn’t know that I could test at home! What a game changer that was for me! So please, get a meter and start testing!

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