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food question for diabetic dog

my dacshund is 20.5 lbs and 12 years old.  he was diagnosed as diabetic 4 days ago.  he spend a couple nights in the hospital and 2 days at his vets office as he was dehydrated but had no ketones present.  he is on 7 units of insulin as of now and he will be rechecked in 2 days.  his sugar is still running high (538) this morning (compared to off the charts when we started) but it is early in regulation.  he was eatting science diet w/d (canned) but he now hates it.  he refused to eat it this morning so i gave him some cesar right before his morning shot and he gobbled it up.  i have gone to the pet store and bought a few cans of EVO grain free low carb canned dog food.  i'll be giving him 1/2 can in the morning before his shot and 1/2 can in the evening before his shot.  should i add a little bit of oatmeal to it since it has no grains?  does a diabetic dog need grains?  i told the vet about my food problem and she said to just try and find him a low carb canned dog food that he will eat.  so what do you think??
Type of Animal
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dog
Age of Animal
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12
Sex of Animal
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Male
Breed of Animal
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long haired dacshund
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
:  
November 06, 2010
Blood Test Results
:  
high glucose, diabetic
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Home made diets are a wonderful option for diabetic dogs. Regulating your dogs insulin levels at home with Diastix is easy and effective. Usually we get these diabetic dogs regulated in 3-5 days with no problems at all.

Feeding diabetic dogs is done twice a day after sugar levels are checked and daily insulin dosages are calculated. It is not possible to accurately calculate canine insulin dosages unless this is done twice a day at home. Diabetic dogs are to be fed 1/3 of their meal before insulin is given and the remaining 2/3 of the meal is fed after the insulin is given each day.

Our veterinary office works with many diabetic canines and we are always glad to help diabetic pet owners. Hopefully your dog is not on Vetsulin as this product is not stable and has caused many problems since it hit the FDA Alert list last November, 2009.

Dr Carol Osborne, DVM
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