How fast should the insulin drop your glucose level in my dog? How fast is too fast? Will a too fast drop in the glucose level but not to the hypoglycemic level cause a Somogyi overswing? How long should the insulin keep working? My dog is a lab/ Catahoula cross and he is very active. My dog was diagnosed in April 2013 with diabetes mellitus. At this point he has not been well regulated. We have seen two vets. With the 2nd vet, he thought we were close to the insulin dose that our dog needed which was 8 or 8.5 units of nph insulin. We were feeding our dog Hill's w/d food, but he was losing weight so we switched to Royal Canin. So far he is maintaining his weight, but has not gained weight for the amount of time he has been on this food. Up until two weeks ago, we thought we were on road to regulating his glucose. But now his glucose has been on the high side. Is it possible that he has been honeymooning? Do they only get this honeymooning once or can it happen more often. Our original dose with the 1st vet was 13 units. The dog weighed 56.8. He was having hypoglycemic episodes. Our 1st vet did not believe us about the episodes. We switched to another vet and we ended up going down to 7 and then back to 8 or 8.5 units of insulin twice a day. He now weighs 49 pounds. Could the change in his diet have caused a change in his insulin requirements? Do you think we are going to have to go back up to the original 13 units? Is it possible that his body was not making any insulin at the 13 units, and then one month later when he started having the hypoglycemic episodes his body was making some of his own insulin? Is it possible that now his cells have shut down and body is not making insulin which in return is causing a higher insulin requirement? Is there any test that can be done on a dog to test if he is producing insulin of his own?
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