OTJ after 3 weeks
Lucy was considered to be one of the hardest diabetic cases my vets had dealt with. Thanks to Diabetic Cat Help and a change of diet she is now insulin-free. It only took 3 weeks. This is her story, I hope it helps others to make the decision to try TR:
Lucy was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11 after she began to lose weight, began drinking vast quantities, and began to wobble when walking. After initially being diagnosed with “lameness” and prescribed Metacam (a painkiller), I got a second opinion from another vet who immediately tested her blood glucose (BG) and diagnosed diabetes. Her reading was 28/504. Lucy was prescribed Caninsulin at 4 units (eventually up to 6 units twice a day) once a day and Hill’s M/D dry – specialist diabetic food. She continued to have high BG for the next two weeks and the vet suggested she may have a tumor of the pituitary gland. Before testing for a tumor, I insisted on trying a change of insulin. Lucy was prescribed Protamine Zinc insulin and after the first day we saw a small drop in her BG. In researching home testing, I found the DCH forum. I did a carbohydrate calculation of the M/D dry food (20%) and it went in the bin. I changed her onto wet food and began Tight Regulation and she went from a BG of 27/486 to 5.0/90 in two days. Lucy only needed one tiny dose of insulin in the three weeks since I joined DCH. Her coat is now smooth and glossy, she has put on a little weight, but even though she is eating more than before, she is a normal weight, not too heavy. Lucy’s neuropathy is improving every day – now she can jump, make the stairs, and be a cat again! She is living proof that dry food is poison and that even a cat as sick as Lucy, can, with a decent diet and a little work, be cured.