The lady who lives downstairs from us has a dog - I really don't know what kind - a medium sized dog about 65 lbs. who was dx'd about 2 weeks ago. My friend was told to give her 40 units of NPH a day - 20 in a.m. & 20 in p.m.
She thought that seemed to be too much (and she really doesn't know much about DM), so she cut the dosage in half - 10 & 10.
Well this morning, about 2 hours after she had given her dog Cookie her dose, the dog started seizing. She got me up, and asked me if maybe it was the insulin causing it, and I told her that those types of seizures were caused by severe hypos. I got my cran/grape juice out of the fridge, and we tried to get it down her mouth, but she was seizing so hard, it was really difficult. I've really never seen anything like it.
We tried to get her to eat a cookie (Cookie loves cookies), but there was just no way. I had my test kit with me, and tried to poke her paw and her leg and her ear, but could just not get any blood going.
We loaded Cookie into my friends van and I went back inside to get dressed to go to the vet with her. When I came back out, the dog had somehow rolled out of the van - the side door had been open, and she was motionless. We all honestly thought the dog had died. But I felt up near her snout and saw that she was breathing. So, back into the van and off to the vet.
The vet checked her BG immediately - it was 25 - and started an IV of Dextrose. The vet tech told me that 'people meters' check about 100 points different that 'dog meters', so it really wouldn't have mattered if I had been able to test her with my machine. That was a shock to me, and I am still not sure I believe her. I'm going to spend some time checking that later today.
As I'm writing this, I just remembered that I have glucagon in the fridge. What in the heck is the matter with me? Why didn't I just load up a glucagon syringe and give the poor mutt a shot?!? My friend would have then saved a $250 vet bill (that she can't afford), and the poor dog would have been fine. My gosh.....
I'm still really shook up about this. I'm glad I don't have to work tonite.