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In memory of Kwali and Kumbi, and continuing live with Camellia
This is a contest with five finalists; Kumbi and his vets are finalists! These vets and I are in the running to win the grand prize, but we would need people to leave comments to achieve that. Leaving a comment constitutes a vote for the entry.
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We are in competition mostly with hospitals or vets in large urban areas, where comments are easy to come by - far less in our small town, with Saseenos Vets serving a wide rural area, as well as animals from the town center.
Dr. Amanda Booth, Dr. Carla Bell, and Dr. Ute Mannhardt have served us most beautifully and caringly, for over 20 years, as you will see if you go read the story.
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Voting is now closed. The winner is Dinglehopper! With Johnny as runner-up. We took third place, which is doing extremely well. Comments may still be left on any entry. Thanks to all who left comments on Kumbi's entry during the contest! If anybody cares to add a comment - that's most welcome. Taking third place, is doing extremely well! Thank you all! You can see Kumbi's entry by using the link in the previous paragraph, and the other entries have links pointing to them before the comments, under the stories, so you can see all of them. I think they're very much worth reading, as all the stories are beautiful. Who could ask for better vets!
Kwali says, oh, dear family and friends Remember Me
Kumbi says, oh, dear family and friends I'm watching!
Alanda Carver has most kindly agreed to run for the position of Regional Director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Thank you so much, Alanda Carver!
Kwali and Kumbi say, Oh, Carol; we will help you find the right Next Dog for you.
On 2 November 2009, the U.S. FDA published a warning to veterinarians about a problem with the insulin named Vetsulin, an insulin commonly used for diabetic dogs, and perhaps some cats.
Human caretakers of diabetic animals who are receiving Vetsulin should check with their veterinarians for further instructions.
See also Vetsulin Warning for a short quote from the warning page.
Coherent Dog is my personal web site. I have no other.
My purpose is to share information with others who choose to live with dogs, particularly, as part of the family. The domestic dog is innately predisposed to live in families, and to maintain family-style friendships in mutual support.
My emphasis is on watching and listening to the dogs who share their lives with us. When we meet them on their terms, dogs are trustworthy to the hilt. Dogs tell the truth. We need only meet all their Real Needs to have them live with us in friendship.
In short, dogs are coherent creatures. When we meet all their real needs, they trust us, as is innate in them to do, and they do their best to live in harmony with each other and with their humans.
All the material present on Coherent Dog previously is still available. To find anything older than 2008, you can use the link to Old Home on the main navigation bar across the top of the page.
To find your way back here to the 2008 part, you can use the link from the archives to return here, or you can use your browser's Back button.
The Site Map can help you find what's available and how to get there. This main site map also includes links to the site maps for Archives to 2006, and for the new section on canine diabetes, which is called Vekkie's Diabetes Playground
It's in the nature of the domestic dog to follow their humans around, to feed from our leavings, and also, to bond with their family-humans, and sometimes, with other species, if they live in a family situation with them.
That's why I see dogs as animal companions. Given the opportunity, they will take on whatever family role works out to be appropriate for them, if they live in some sort of family, as I certainly hope (sometimes in vain) all human-kept dogs do.
The dogs we humans deliberately acquire and keep as our companions will adapt in whatever way we allow them to, always in keeping with their own natures.
To me, one of the endlessly-fascinating experiences in keeping dogs as animal companions is to watch them make use of whatever opportunities we can give them - opportunities to be themselves, using whatever DogNess-Endowments each individual dog has.
To get the most out of our dogs, we need only attend to meeting all their real needs, and, I hope, to meeting many of their wants as well.
Big Barge-In Pitcher says, "If you don't have a diabetic dog, you're not allowed in the Diabetes Playground." But he's just kidding, so you need not pay attention to his fake prohibition. His jokes are even worse than mine.
Given my particular predilections concerning dogs as animal companions, I suppose it's not surprising that Narrator-Teacher VekToria TwinkelMaus has many dog-like qualities about her. Nor that the creatures of her making, Little Novie and Big Vetsie, also have dog-like qualities. Nor that most of the living beings who inhabit the Diabetes Playground also have some dog-like characteristics. These creatures all bond well with each other.
Since the insulins come alive in the Playground, as well they should, being very actively alive anyway, it seems to me only natural that their containers, standard or oddball, should also come alive. After all, these creatures are in intimate contact, at least for a time, and must, therefore, influence each other to some extent.
If there's a unifying element to the variety of tall tales in the Playground, that would be the universal caring for each other of the inhabitants, from the lowliest Syringe Bush leaf or root to the most high-flying Shapes of Little Novie or Big Vetsie.
And if ever there were well-teamed-up mates, those would be Crystals and Amorphs.
Somehow, too, it seems to me natural that the Trailing Vine might sometimes become a Treeing Vine, as it seems almost certain this creature took lessons from Coonhounds. Or, possibly, Coonhounds took some lessons from Trailing and Treeing Vines. Or maybe a bit of both. Maybe they are just natural companions, same as humans and dogs.
As for Vekkie, she is mercifully and mercilessly perceptive, and always instructive and forgiving. And none of her adult wisdoms interfere with her childlike qualities. Vekkie, in short, is one of Planet Earth's Great Players.
So, no matter what Truth or Tall Tale may emerge from the Playground, you can be sure that she, like me, will play all her life.
In any studying of canine behavior, I consider the work of Turid Rugaas, International Dog Trainer, among the most enlightening and helpful of materials available to us. Besides her work on calming signals, which are the basic essentials we need to learn to read and use, she has written about how to work with dogs so they don't pull on-leash, and also, a very illuminating and helpful book about barking, includng ways to bring barking down to a reasonable and workable level. Recently, she released a new DVD to go with the book on pulling. I have listed these works in my article on Reducing Stress in Dogs.
Vetsulin and Caninsulin, made by Intervet, are the same thing, but sold in the U.S as Vetsulin, and elsewhere as Caninsulin.
I'm reading lately of dogs who were recently started on Intervet's Vetsulin or Caninsulin - but they were dosed, to begin with, with TWICE the starting doses currently recommended by their manufacturer.
I had previously inquired of Intervet Canada, who told me that they'd made this change years ago, and added that they had sent flyers out to veterinarians, announcing the change in recommended starting doses. The Caninsulin people, however, said the Caninsulin label is not yet changed, and they are working on that. The veterinarian who replied to my query thought it would still take a long time to make that change! She said something about something called "registration." I'd guess this has to do with some (federal) governmental regulations of some sort in Canada.
The Vetsulin web site (in the U.S.) explains the current recommendations for starting doses for dogs. The site also contains a similar page for cats. Apparently for legal reasons, only animal health care professionals are permitted access to veterinary information on the Caninsulin web site, but it seems such a restriction does not apply to the Vetsulin web site. Keeping in mind that Vetsulin and Caninsulin are the same thing, it only makes sense that a cut in starting dose for Vetsulin suggests a similar change might have been made for Caninsulin.
Indications are that with the previously larger starting doses, some dogs experienced Somogyi rebound; a condition in which the liver dumps stored glucose into the bloodstream after glucose levels drop too far or too fast. Rebound results in undesirably low and high blood glucose levels. Uninformed people might erroneously increase insulin dose as a result of high glucose readings, but of course that only makes the problem worse.
It seems some dogs actually experienced hypoglycemic episodes, which result from too high a dose of insulin. So Intervet then cut the recommended starting doses in half, essentially, from one I.U. (International Unit) of insulin per kilogram of body weight (with some other adjustments) to one-half I.U. of insulin per kilogram of body weight.
One does wonder how veterinarians who are treating diabetic dogs or cats can remain unaware of such a change in recommended starting dose (dose for a dog or cat who is newly diagnosed as diabetic). Failure to update the label on Caninsulin undoubtedly makes things more difficult for veterinarians.
In my experience, though, Life Happens. Veterinarians should be keeping up with current information in their fields, but likely, quite a few who aren't specialists in internal medicine would be suddenly faced with a diabetic animal - and draw on knowledge that's years old, to determine a starting dose of Vetsulin or Caninsulin.
It is also possible that some vets might consult sources that still show the old starting doses. This only raises the point that when checking information, it's important to go to the original source - in this instance, Intervet - and to make sure to consult with a live human, rather than leaning on a web page, which may, for any of a variety of reasons, remain un-updated..
Human keepers of dogs or cats who are newly-diagnosed as diabetic, who are also prescribed Vetsulin or Caninsulin, might be wise to check with your vets, and ask if they are aware of the change in recommended starting dose.
You can also estimate yourself, if you know the weight of your animal, whether your vet is using the currently-recommended starting dose.
Note: These are starting doses we are talking about. Your veterinarian will calculate subsequent changes to doses, based on measurements taken of your dog's or cat's blood glucose levels, and on clinical signs associated with diabetes.
Intervet is kindly replying to my letters of inquiry; yesterday, I received notice from an Intervet veterinarian (whose name I'll add if/when she gives permission) that indeed, Caninsulin has not changed its starting dose recommendations. The letter said that the changed starting dose for Vetsulin took effect in March, 2008. Not "years ago." I expect to continue the correspondence, and will report again. For now, I'll just say that apparently the salient condition is the location where the insulin is sold. And that suggests - what? Maybe some sort of governmental regulation, do you think? More to come.
I am resisting the temptation to tell hilarious tall tales about why location on Earth (by political, national border) determines a recommended starting dose of this wonderful, life-saving substance.
If there's a moral to this story so far, it is very straightforward and simple. That is, choose your veterinarian with care, and follow your vet's instructions. All kinds of conditons and situations bear on a choice of starting dose, and your vet should answer your questions as you go along.
You can follow up on the Basics of Diabetes in the Diabetes Playground
I am changing from HTML to PHP, in order to permit scripts that will provide Coherent Dog with a larger measure of flexibility than is possible with HTML coding only.
VekToria TwinkelMaus is putting together material on diabetes in dogs, as that certainly affects our lives, and we are meeting others online whose lives are similarly affected. Vekkie has her own area in which to work, on Vekkie's Diabetes Playground. I have given her a free hand, and you can expect changes, quite frequently, especially at first.
Vekkie is true to the CoDog tradition, so she will be playing a lot, and she invites you all to witness her play. Kwali and Kumbi enjoy her companionship, and sometimes have snippets to offer.
Coherent Dog may be unavailable for brief periods during the changes; please try again later if you can't reach the site. Links may be broken, until I can clean up after making changes.
Sunday, 23 Mar 2008 11:31: After a week and a half of mostly sleepless nights, I am opening the new Coherent Dog.
I have felt rather urgent about adding new material, because first, I thought the sooner human Caretakers of diabetic dogs have access to information specifically designed to ease the terror of Human Newcomers to diabetes in their dogs (or cats), the better. I had been feeling dismayed that while good support was provided on email lists, the lists varied, and some were full of complaints about diabetes, as though that could be of any assistance to people who couldn't stop crying while trying to inject their dogs with insulin, or trying to work out how to manage with a diabetic dog.
I thought incorporating some laughter into the topic, handling it at least somewhat playfully, was a useful approach to reducing terror. Also, I find it much easier to learn some things when they are amply illustrated in pictures and diagrams.
Second, I just learned of the very serious errors contained in the new Barking book by Turid Rugaas. I was very upset, though not as much so, surely, as Turid was, and I've felt it urgent to assist people in learning that there are very specific ways to communicate with dogs, for their well-beings and even safety. Turid says it so well.
Undoubtedly there are rough edges; typographical errors, and I have lots to fill in, but the structure of the site is in good order, and the pages on the main site and in the Diabetic Playground all validate to current standards. Pages in the Coherent Dog Archives need one line in each edited, to bring them to current standards, which do change from year to year. I should be able to edit the 163 or so pages there in a day or two.
If you have technical problems with the site, please click on my name in the footer of the page to send me email. Make sure to send in plain text only, or your mail is likely to be dumped as potentially unwanted. I would not like that.
Also, some links may be broken; I will be checking these. You can help me; if you find a broken link, please send me email. Thanks.
Thank you, and I hope you find Coherent Dog both useful and fun.
I will be adding to this new part of Coherent Dog.