Need help managing diabetes
Hi. My 18 year old cat, Sylvester, was diagnosed with diabetes over a year ago. I had him on Lantus insulin, and within 5 days he went into remission. I feed him canned food only, and everything seemed fine. Then the night before last I noticed he was drinking more than usual. I have a glucometer and know how to home test, and his BG was 19.3, I think that's over 300 in US conversion. I took him to the vet and found out he has a mild UTI. He got an injection that's suppose to last for 2 weeks to take care of the UTI. I was wondering, is this the reason he went out of remission? If so, when the UTI starts to heal, will his BG go down by itself?
I have a vet that's pretty difficult to deal with. She told me not to put him on insulin for a few days to see if his BG will go down. But I can tell he's uncomfortable, and want to put him on insulin today. Lantus worked very well for him last time, but this vet wanted to put him on Caninsulin because that was the insulin of her choice. I explained to her that I wanted him back on Lantus since it worked well with him, and she got pretty uptight about it. She said she would try to order some in. I called her again today and told her I could buy the insulin somewhere else so she didn't have to bother ordering it for me. I asked her what dose she thought I should start him on, and she insisted on 2 units twice a day. Now I know that is too much for Sylvester. The last time I gave him 1 unit when his BG was around 15, his BG dropped almost instantly, and he had a mild hypo attack. I told her this, and she got mad, thinking I was questioning her judgment, and told me to do whatever I wanted, then pretty much hung up on me. Do you think I should have just followed her advice, or should I just find a new vet who might be more flexible in working with me to bring Sylvester back into remission?