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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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my dog is showing all the signs of low blood suger i.e falling

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my dog is showing all the sign's of low blood suger i.e falling over, •Excessive thirst ••Muscle twitching; tremors restlessness, •Weakness, low energy, Disorientation,• Staggering, •Lack of coordination. he has had blood test and the only thing showing was he has a blood sugar of 2.0 and the vet seems to think this would not affect him. is this right ?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
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I believe that 2.0 mmol/L is a problem and, in fact, simultaneous measurement of serum glucose and insulin concentration should be made when the blood glucose concentration is <3.2 mmol/L. An insulinoma - a functional pancreatic B-cell tumor that excretes excess insulin should be considered in a patient such as Charlie.

The symptoms of an insulinoma include ataxia ("drunken sailor"), disorientation, mental dullness, tremors/muscle fasciculations, polyphagia (increased hunger), restlessness, and nervousness. Seizures, weakness, and collapse are most common.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

I'm going to check back with you in a week for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.

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