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Our 10 year old yorkie has diabities last 8 weeks ,

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Hi ,
our 10 year old yorkie has diabities last 8 weeks , seems to have got worse since started insulin . very latargic , lifeless , drinking lots water , peeing everywhere .
is this normal
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that Gucci is diabetic and seems to have worsened with insulin therapy, lethargic, and is drinking more and urinating more.The short answer is no this is not normal. Insulin therapy should decrease his water consumption and thus decrease the amount he is urinating, and he should feel more energetic because insulin allows glucose to be taken into the cells and used for energy and cellular repair.Is he losing weight?Is he still ravenously hungry?It is possible that he is getting too much or not enough insulin. It is possible that he isn't receiving insulin often enough, most dogs require twice daily therapy.It is possible that he has an infection that is interfering with proper insulin response. Many diabetics suffer from secondary infections (especially urinary tract or dental infections) and until those are resolved they are almost impossible to regulate.Secondary organ failure (kidney or liver disease) due to long term untreated diabetes will make him feel poorly.Other concurrent diseases like hypothyroidism or hyperadrenocorticism can complicate treatment.Some owners have a difficult time giving injections properly or shake the insulin rather then gently mixing it which can make it break down and less effective. I highly recommend that he be rechecked by his veterinarian and have a glucose curve checked. This will require that he stay in the clinic for 12 hours. They can give the insulin and see the results with multiple samples. That is a good baseline way to evaluate his dose and the effects of the type of insulin he is taking, which will help direct further treatment. I know that diabetes can be difficult to regulate initially, but in most dogs we are able to do so and give them a very good quality of life. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.


gucci gets 2 injections daily , brought back to vet every 2 weeks and last 2 times , glucose very high .

so vet checked we where giving him injections right which we where .

he has lost a lot weight and just very down .

does it take long for insulin to react and is he likely to live normally or for much longer if he stays this way ?

After 8 weeks he should be feeling much better.If he is continuing to lose weight then he either needs a higher insulin dose, the insulin he is on he is having trouble absorbing and using or something is interfering with his ability to properly regulate his diabetes.If we can get his insulin adjusted and his blood sugar under control he can live a relatively normal life.But if he keeps going the way he is it doesn't sound like he will last long.At this point he needs to be hospitalized for a glucose curve and to look for complicating matters. I would culture his urine to look for signs of infection.