One quick thought and question, has she been spayed? One of the biggest problems with diabetics is a heat cycle - just can't get them regulated.
What kind of insulin? I've had some that a switch in types or using multiple types works (regular and humulin-N). This whole process can get really frustrating.
I think you are doing just fine. If you're concerned about the corn content, talk to the vet again and if not satisfied with his/her answer, get a second opinion from another unassociated vet.
The vet will say the food is the best you can get. I have been told they get a nice kickback for pushing the stuff. I bought a bag my dog ate it but it's expensive and the feeding guidelines are crazy.
Maybe someone that is a member and stranger from an RV forum can offer good advice. That food is full of fillers and does not seem to have a very good reputation.
First, no kickbacks ever with any vet from Hill's/Science Diet. We purchase at wholesale and sell at retail with a smaller markup than PetSmart and the others get with their foods.
Second, "fillers" are important in diabetics. Fiber tends to moderate glucose spikes, so that is beneficial.
Corn isn't a problem in the amounts in WD. There are diabetic specific diets if you hare having trouble regulating when feeding the WD.
You are aware that what kills the fleas kills the dog? Bluntly put. Research it!!!!!!!
I was going to let this go, but I just have to respond :)
This is a very sensational statement long on drama and short on facts. If you have research supporting your assertion, show it.
Have there been deaths reportedly associated with flea products? YES.
These terrible situations have been thoroughly investigated and fit into categories of:
1. owner error (using dog product on cats), improper dosing (using large dog dose on small dog)
2. specific product related problem (a specific Hartz product was implicated a few years ago)
3. use on a sick/debilitated animal
4. use of a product that was tampered with - specifically counterfeit product usually purchases cheaply on the internet from unknown sources.
What these sensational stories/statements fail to mention is that serious diseases ARE transmitted or spread by fleas and ticks and are a threat to people as well as your pets. Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance.
Responses have mentioned Lyme disease, but other diseases happen as well: Bartonellosis, Erlichiosis, Rickettsial diseases (several including Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever), Meningoencephalitis, tapeworms, and most frightening to me is that there are new ones showing up that we don't know about.
One other note, in 37 years of practice I have not seen a single death from a flea/tick product; and that includes many years when the products used were not as safe as the spot ons we now have.
Reactions were not usual, but not uncommon - those being topical irritation where the spot on was applied.
BTW, advantix is labeled for use in puppies as young as 7 wks of age. Just make sure you use the appropriate size for the weight of the puppy.
This is a list provided by the AVMA.
I would add to the campers list medications your pet may have needed in the past for diarrhea (metronidazole or loperamide), benadryl, topical cortisone, something for nausea (either zofran or cerenia) and crazy glue.
I'll keep on thinking about other additions.
antibiotic cream and antiseptic cleaner
And to flip that coin....our three dogs now, and 3 before that, were all on Blue.
We do feed the blue "Freedom" grain free, and all are in great shape, lots of nice shiny coat, and quite active.
I never said or implied that dogs can't do well and thrive on BB, just as they can on plain old Dog Chow and just about every brand of dog food out there. It is the task of the owner to find what works best for their dog as NO food is universally the best for every individual.
It's just that their advertising is misleading. Their business model does not put scientifically proven medical/nutritional information as the first consideration.
Then it's now been proven that they made false claims about their ingredients.
That just about blows my trust in this company (what there was to start with).
Struvite stones are composed primarily of Magnesium, ammonium and phosphate (they used to be named triple phosphate), so phosphorus is a factor. Cat food companies have done such a good job changing formulations in the last 30 years that we see a VERY small number of cats with stones/crystals compared to when I started practice.
An animal fed an appropriate quality pet food diet shouldn't develop stones/crystals. In my experience, if they do there probably is some other factor, either genetics, behavior/husbandry (don't drink enough water), infection or structural problems that lead to this problem. In dogs, I suspect a good 75% of the individuals that have these problems are Schnauzer or schnauzer crosses or Dalmatians.
We treat the formation through diet changes, the additives and prescription usually do a fairly good job to control the stone/crystal formation.
The only reason a cat with a struvite issue would be more prone to chronic renal disease is when there would be severe or multiple obstructive events. One other possibility is if there were a genetic problem with metabolism or the kidneys.
Re: Epakitin, our Henry is in chronic renal failure. We don't really know his age (he was a stray) but is probably around 15-16. His BUN runs about 50 and his Creatinine a little over 2 (both mild elevations). He is on Epakitin and is fairly good about eating it on his food. The theory is that it binds phosphate in the gut so that it isn't absorbed into circulation. Aluminum Hydroxide is also used. Neither of these cures the kidney disease, but they can make the cat feel better.
The special diet for struvite crystals really shouldn't have much bearing on development of the renal disease. While 12 seems young, I've seen much younger cats develop CRF, I think that is probably just bad luck or hereditary roulette.
Sorry, Blue Buffalo has NO credibility in my book. It is a company built on advertising and profit and claims about nutrition are just without merit.
If you check their web site, they list all their top executives, board of directors and nowhere is a veterinary nutritionist.
Do they ever do food trials that are based on anything other than palatability as do many reputable food companies including Purina, Mars/P&G (Iams, Eukanuba), Hill's, Royal Canin?
Their whole schtick is that they provide a natural, holostic diet with things you'd eat with no "objectionable" ingredients. Their premise that byproducts and meat meal is objectionable is just false. Quality byproducts and meal (and even grains) can provided needed nutrients and can be excellent sources of valuable nutrients.
They got caught.
The following is an interesting article from Johns Hopkins.
Basically they did a statistical study and concluded that 2/3 of cancers were "bad luck" related to the length of life and the other 1/3 other contributing causes like genetics, environment, diet, etc.
I too have noticed that Goldens are more prone to cancer now than 30 years ago. We've had 5, two made it to 15+, one to 12, one to 10 and Jill is approaching 13 and healthy. I think expected the life span is closer to 10 than 7.
Maybe we need to add a few flat coated retrievers and water spaniels into the gene pool and mix European gene pool with American.
"Symptoms were coughing, and sneezing"
Is this something that comes on fast? Like overnight or in a day or two?
Any other symptoms?
If there are no vaccines for it, is there any reason to take the dog to the vet?
This virus has hit our area pretty hard, we're near Chicago and it's spread. It is still recommended to get the flu vaccine as there MAY be some cross immunity even though the vaccine doesn't have the exact strain of flu in it.
The reason that you need to go to the vet if your dog gets sick is that medication can lessen the symptoms and sometimes secondary bacterial infections can pile on and make the whole illness worse.
...He said he sees 1 or 2 a week. :E
From what I've read only 10% have brain tumors. % Doesn't fit what they are seeing and diagnosing as one...
I can think of three brain tumors (definitely less that a dozen between all the vets in our hospital) that I had confirmed with CT or MRI in 37 years of practice. They just are not that common. You do have to consider them with neurological signs in an older dog, but it seems like a jump to get to brain tumor first and without supporting MRI or CT. There are just so many other things that can explain neuro signs.
I constantly remind myself of one of the sayings that a professor in vet school was fond of saying:
"Old age isn't a disease"
By the way, there are several other plants/seeds that have cyanide, apple seeds, peach and apricot pits are the ones that come to mind.
I'm not aware of any that have the concentration that cherry does.
Henry is a large cat, so we have to have a pretty good sized litter box with high sides. We didn't want to change things and make it a big adjustment from home, so we just got the same type that we use at home. We just deal with the fact of living in a relatively small space with a cat, vacuum every day and place litter box in the most convenient place for us.
The biggest thing we had to deal with was the scented litter in the smaller enclosed area of the motorhome. The brand we use at home was just overpowering and offended us. We now use Cats Pride light and fragrance free and find it does a great job with odors without overpowering us with perfume.