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We have a male Brittany who is a purebred and 2 yrs old. He was fine at 6 weeks, and then he got sick. The vet had a difficult time diagnosing the problem. After many tests, the vet checked Dash’s blood sugar and diabetes was diagnosed. It’s possible the flea/tic powder the vet put on him at 7 week caused his pancreas to quit working. The MRI scan showed a healthy pancreas (not black), which surprised the vet.

Dash was on 15 units of insulin 2x/day. I started him on Dia-IonX about 1-1/2 years ago, and after about 6 months we were able to slowly decrease his insulin to 10 units 2x/day. He takes 30 drops of Dia-IonX 2x/day. He is about 44 lbs.

Dash is very energetic and playful. I would like to get him off of the insulin. Can we slowly reduce the insulin and will his body automatically adjust? The insulin plus Dia-IonX is quite expensive. We check his glucose levels periodically at the vet's using blood tests. The vet is not that supportive of Dia-IonX.

Smartliving Guest asked this
April 16, 2010 at 9:22 AM



Dear Ann,

In addition to Dia-IonX I find it beneficial to give a few other supplements. Give digestive enzymes with each meal and probiotics, MSM, and a fish oil supplement daily. Together with Dia-IonX it has a synergistic effect. As the the body gets cleaned up it can become more sensitive to the insulin and so the body would need less. You would only reduce the insulin dosage when the blood glucose levels start going lower. Just in case it goes way too low, you need to watch for signs of hypoglycemia such as weakness or trembling so that you can give honey or Karo syrup to bring it back up and call your veterinarian. Lastly, offer sufficient fresh water that is free of chlorine or fluoride. Please let us know how Dash responds. Thank you.

Best wishes,
Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
April 16, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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