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My dog is a diabetic and has just stolen a pumpkin pie and

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My dog is a diabetic and has just stolen a pumpkin pie and eaten the lot. Should I do anything to combat the increased sugar intake?
Submitted: 24 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 24 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 24 days ago.

Yes, you should estimate how many calories you should restrict in her next regularly scheduled meal but you shouldn't alter her insulin dose. The goal is to keep her daily caloric intake constant. I understand that your estimate is necessarily subjective. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 24 days ago.
She is due her next meal tomorrow morning when she will be due her 9 units of insulin. How long do I restrict her calories for ?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 24 days ago.

Ah! Thank you. I believe that it's after 9PM there. Because it's so long until her next meal you needn't alter the amount fed. She'll become transiently hyperglycemic tonight but that isn't dangerous and her next insulin injection will normalize her. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 24 days ago.
When you say transiently hyperglycaemic, how will that manifest itself symptom wise?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 24 days ago.

Increased thirst and volume of urine, lethargy...the same symptoms you noticed prior to his being diagnosed as a diabetic.

Customer: replied 24 days ago.
Many thanks!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 24 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 24 days ago.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.