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Successful Treatment of Your Diabetic Dog

Dr Lukens and Vinny of Vintek Nutrition - Treatment for Diabetic Dogs

Dr Lukens and Vinny of Vintek Nutrition – Treatment for Diabetic Dogs


Your pet has been diagnosed by your veterinarian with diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)! Now what?


The following is some basic information you should know to successfully treat your dog’s diabetes. Diabetes can be a difficult and unpredictable disease to manage. By employing the techniques below the treatment can be made less frustrating.

Most dogs are Type 1 diabetics. This means that special cells in a gland called the pancreas are no longer producing insulin. Insulin is necessary to facilitate the use of the fuel, glucose, by the body’s cells. It is necessary for survival and must be given by injection. Insulin needs to be refrigerated; always be aware of the expiration date on the vial.

TYPES OF INSULIN:

Humulin-N®: this is a human insulin available without prescription at local pharmacies. Humulin® is a U-100 product meaning there are 100 units of insulin per milliliter (ml) or cubic centimeter (cc). So there are 1000 units in a 10 cc vial. Prices vary considerably so shop around. There are few, if any, mom’n’pop pharmacies anymore, but we checked some of the big guys and the prices ranged from $47.99 to $124.89 per vial. Syringes used must be calibrated for U-100 insulin. The syringes should have a 29 or 31 gauge, ½” ultra-fine needle – ½” to be certain of injecting under the dog’s skin. Humulin-N® should be administered every 12 hours.

Vetsulin®: This is insulin made for dogs and available only from your veterinarian. Vetsulin® is a U-40 product (40 units per cc) meaning there are 400 units in a 10 cc vial. If your veterinarian opts for this insulin make sure he or she provides syringes calibrated for U-40. Like Humulin®, Vetsulin® should be given every 12 hours.

THE PROCESS:
Regulation: This refers to the process performed by your vet involving the checking of blood sugar levels at certain times during the day to determine the correct dose for your dog. The goal is to reduce blood sugar readings to more normal levels. While there is a “textbook” starting dose (more on this later), the final dose can vary from dog to dog. This is a necessary step made to avoid some of the possible complications of the disease.

DIA-TREATIES®: A nutritional supplement (nutraceutical) developed by Vintek Nutrition® (www.vinteknutrition.com ) in 2009. Experience by Dr. Sam Lukens and a number of other veterinarians determined that Dia-Treaties® made the regulation process much smoother, reduced the amount of insulin necessary per dose and reduced the incidence of diabetic complications: wild blood sugar swings, cataracts, weight loss, skin disease and poor coat quality, frequent urinations and excessive thirst.

TREATING DIABETES: Most folks are horrified at the thought of having to inject something into their beloved pet. (their personal experiences with injections being less than positive) After removing the insulin from the fridge, gently roll the vial between your hands to suspend the insulin in the carrier. Do NOT shake the vial. If the dose is 10 units, say, draw back the plunger to the 10-unit line taking in air. Insert the needle into the rubber stopper and inject all the air. This is done to prevent a vacuum in the vial by replacing the 10 units being drawn up with an equal volume of air. Withdraw the plunger to the 10 unit line taking up the insulin. The injection is best given at the scruff or base of the neck slightly to one side or other of the midline. Pick up the skin with one hand to make a sort of “tent” into which the drug in injected. Do not “baby” the needle into the skin, a quick thrust is better and less noticeable. (don’t poke yourself!) Be sure to insert the needle all the way to penetrate the skin completely. The hub of the needle will stop the forward movement. The drug won’t work if all or part of the dose is injected INTO the skin. If you have another person in the household it is helpful to have him or her distract the dog by talking or, better yet, holding a Dia-Treaties® in its face heightening its anticipation of the goodie. Within a few days the dog will not even notice you injecting and look forward to the Dia-Treaties® as a reward for taking the shot.

INSULIN DOSE: The usual starting dose is about ¼ unit per pound of body weight. Thus, a 20 lb. dog would start at 5 units; 40 lb. at 10 units, and so on. Your vet should help you with the arithmetic. Understand that this is a starting dose and your vet will need to run tests as in “Regulation” above to determine the proper dose.

FEEDING: It is best to have your dog on scheduled feedings, giving half the daily ration shortly after each shot. Of course, you should be giving the proper Dia-Treaties® dose at this time as well to smooth the usage of the insulin you gave. Avoid the giving of “dog treats” during the day as this can adversely affect blood sugar levels. Blood sugar is made primarily from the carbohydrates in food, so if you can find a diet that is lower in carbs this will be beneficial. The addition of fiber to the diet – fiber is a complex carb – is also a good thing. We often recommend Kellogg’s Bran Buds® cereal, a Tb or two, added to the food. Some dogs will also eat canned pumpkin which is an excellent fiber source. Fiber seems to slow the sudden rise in blood sugar.

This entire process seems a bit overwhelming at first, but with professional veterinary counseling and some practice it’ll be fine. We feel strongly that ALL diabetic dogs will benefit from the addition of Dia-Treaties® to the treatment regimen. Please visit our web site: www.vinteknutrition.com . It contains more educational material about sugar diabetes as well as how to contact Dr. Lukens or Vintek Nutrition®. We look forward to hearing from you if you need our assistance.

Thank you
Samuel Lukens, DVM

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Dogs are Laughing in the Face of Diabetes

Vintek Boys Laughing - 1Dogs are Laughing in the Face of Diabetes- New Formula by Vintek Nutrition Shows Significant Breakthrough in Treating Diabetic Dogs

A five-year study of diabetic dogs treated with a breakthrough formula yielded successful results. Vintek Nutrition’s patent pending formula, Dia-Treaties® increased insulin utilization and stabilized blood sugar levels, which subsequently alleviated common symptoms found in diabetic dogs.

Sioux Falls, SD (PRWEB) February 05, 2014

Diabetes is increasing at epidemic proportions in people and even more dramatically in dogs. Since 2006, dog diabetes has increased 32% (American Humane Society, 2012) and 23% in people (CDC 2012). Both diabetic dogs and people often have similar difficulties in regulating their blood sugar levels. It is estimated that 1 in 160 dogs have this disease.

There is some good news! Progress has been made in the treatment of dogs with diabetes that may soon help treat people as well. Over the past 5 years a study treating diabetic dogs with a new formula yielded extremely positive data.

Vintek Nutrition’s patent pending formula, called Dia-Treaties®, is in the form of a tasty “chewable” that is given following each insulin injection. While the use of insulin is still required, clinical observations showed Dia-Treaties® decreased the amount of insulin needed ranging from 15% to 67%. Vintek Nutrition believes Dia-Treaties® will be an important addition to the diabetic treatment protocol.

Dr. Sam Lukens, a veterinarian with nearly 40 years of experience assisted in the development and testing of this product. Dia-Treaties® has been shown to enhance insulin utilization and to stabilize blood sugar levels. The dogs using the formula experienced a significant decrease in the signs associated with diabetes.

“In the course of my practice life, diabetes has often been a source of frustration. Not so much anymore. Why? Because Dia-Treaties® works! It works to stabilize blood sugar levels by making your dog’s body cells more sensitive to the insulin being given,” says Dr. Lukens.

Vintek Nutrition recently received a grant from the State of South Dakota to research and develop their formula for use in people having difficulty stabilizing their blood sugar levels. A Phase I clinical trial to ensure safety has been completed. A Phase II clinical trial has been approved focusing specifically on Type II diabetics.

The product if currently produced in a USDA-inspected facility in the South Dakota, USA.

Visit their website at: http://www.vinteknutrition.com for more information, explanations and testimonials.

Vintek Nutrition, LLC was founded in 2009 in pursuit of a solution for an insulin-resistant diabetic dog. The company works with veterinarians and researchers to develop specialized products. Their flagship product, Dia-Treaties, is designed to enhance insulin utilization in diabetic dogs.

Vintek Nutrition, LLC – Kameron Carlson – 1-855-332-8468 (toll free) – Kameron@vinteknutrition.com

Original Story Link:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11555071.htm

Diabetic Dog Treatment Study by Vintek Nutrition, Updated 2-2014

Vintek Nutrition Study – Type I Diabetic Dogs – Original 2009 and Update 2014 (2/5/14)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

A multiple-veterinarian study on Canines with Type I Diabetes showed conclusive results.  When Dia-Treaties® was supplemented with insulin, all dogs in the study experienced significant decreases in their blood glucose (b/g) levels (see graphs) decreased to the normal range.  It was also observed that the dogs required less insulin and had improved glycemic control due to increased insulin sensitivity.*

Many of the Canines in the study were insulin resistant.  Because the Dia-Treaties® formula lowered blood glucose levels, this led to a number of other observed benefits such as: healthy skin and coat, decrease in urinary tract Infections and improved overall health and vitality.*

UPDATE:

The initial study on Type I Diabetic Dogs started in 2009.  Dia-Treaties® was introduced along with insulin.  The original study included 8 dogs of various breeds with multiple veterinarians observing and reporting empirical data.  Currently, in 2014 the number of dogs reported is 27 (2 with Cushing’s disease and diabetes) and 19 veterinarians are involved. (See Subjects below).

CRITERIA:  Initially, the studglucose graphy contained 8 insulin resistant diabetic dogs with at or near maximum insulin requirements being utilized.  Insulin amounts were kept steady to objectively evaluate the results of the addition of Dia-Treaties® as the only variable.  Dogs were on either Humulin N® or Vetsulin® insulin.  Glucose curve readings were taken midday of the 12 hour cycle.  At midday, if controlled, the subject should be in the 80 to 120 mg/dl range for normal blood glucose readings.

OTHER GRAPHS ATTACHED EXPLAINED

Graph# 1  The line graph and illustrates the (b/g) reading prior to the introduction of Dia-Treaties®, the week they started Dia-Treaties®- (0) and the following weeks thereafter for a total of 6 readings.  Graphs #2   Dogs (C2 and C3) ran out of the formula 4 days prior to testing and their (b/g) levels spiked.  Observing those results, Dia-Treaties® were removed from 4 other dogs previously regulated (C4,5,6,7) to determine if their b/g levels would spike as well.  The subjects were quickly returned to the Dia-Treaties® regimen again and resumed to controlled blood sugar levels.

SUMMARY:

Our findings indicate the effectiveness of Dia-Treaties® when introduced into the regimen along with insulin injections.  Empirical and subjective data collected indicate that the unregulated dogs were not regulated until Dia-Treaties® were introduced.  Once regulated, insulin dosage had to be decreased in the range of 15% to 67%.  Based on the observed need to lower insulin levels, we recommend veterinary supervision in addition to a self-monitoring b/g kit while initially testing, due to possible hypoglycemia (low b/g readings). (see below).   The subjective results such as: more vitality, skin and coat improvement, etc., indicate all dogs, seemingly regulated or unregulated would benefit from the inclusion of Dia-Treaties® in their diabetic treatment.  It was noted that those dogs discontinuing the use of Dia-Treaties® needed to resume their use to maintain glycemic control.   For additional observations please see customer testimonials at: http://www.vinteknutrition.com/pages/Testimonials.html

Subjects & Veterinarians:  Types of Canines in the study: n=27:  Italian Greyhound (2), Miniature Pinscher (2), Cairn Terrier (1), Golden Retriever (1), Schnauzer (2), Welsh Corgi (2), Labrador Retrievers (3), Mixed Breeds (2), Spitz (1), Poodle/Pomeranian (1), Yorkshire Terrier (2), Lab/Bassett Hound (1), Sheepdog (1), American Eskimo (1), Dachshund (1), Chesapeake Bay Retriever (1), Brittany Spaniel (1). 

Veterinarians: N=19: Dr. Sam Lukens, Luken’s Animal Clinic – Head Researcher, Sioux Falls, SD.  Total of 19 veterinarians/owners reporting from various states: (SD 9, ND 1, CA 2, WA 1, OH 1, OK 1, KY 1, AZ 1, and MN 2).

DiaTreaties® Users: Please use under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. A blood glucose monitoring kit is recommended. DiaTreaties® is known to enhance insulin’s uptake and your pet may experience a low blood sugar reading requiring you to lower insulin amounts. The signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can be as follows: lethargy, loss of balance, trouble walking and confusion to mention a few. One should consult your veterinarian immediately. If you have a diabetic dog, you should have a glucose increasing food (syrup, sugar, etc.) available should you experience a low blood sugar event. Low blood sugar is very dangerous and potentially fatal. Once the optimal insulin dosage along with the proper number of Dia-Treaties® (see box for dosage) has been established, clients experienced the need to decrease insulin dosage in the range of 15% to 67%. In the first 3 Days to 4 Weeks, it is especially important to monitor the blood glucose carefully with your veterinarian and/or a blood glucose meter. DiaTreaties® is not a cure for diabetes, however, once the correct amount of insulin and DiaTreaties® is established, it will help your dog  enjoy a happy, stable, normal life for many years to come.*

Graphs 1 & 2 Below

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Diabetic Dog Study Update – Vintek Nutrition

Vintek Nutrition, LLC® – Diabetic Dog Study Update Results

11/12/2013:  This is an update to the original 2009 study conducted by multiple veterinarians in conjunction with Vintek Nutrition, LLC®, developers of Dia-Treaties® (a patent pending treatment for diabetic dogs).  The study data along with four years of additional field data indicate conclusively that the use of Dia-Treaties® is a very beneficial tool in the effective treatment and control of diabetic dog’s blood sugar levels and overall regulation. Dia-Treaties® enables the insulin you are giving to be absorbed and utilized more effectively and efficiently.

To expedite the discovery of this new treatment, Dia-Treaties® are currently being offered to veterinarians to use with their “most difficult to regulate patients.”  The majority of those patients are either insulin resistant[i] or the more dangerous type, those experiencing the Symogi Effect[ii] (see graph).  After observing the effects on their hard to regulate patients, the veterinarians are noticing first hand, the benefits of how well Dia-Treaties® work.  Once observed on the tough cases, they are determining that their seemingly regulated patients could be regulated with less insulin and feel much better if they were to use Dia-Treaties®.  The study findings support an average decrease in insulin usage from 15% to 67% to obtain optimal regulation.  Dia-Treaties® positive effects are quickly observed within 3 to 10 days.

Glucose Curve dog diabetes

Effects of Too Much Insulin:

According to a 2007 article written by Morris White, PhD, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with the Children’s Hospital of Boston:  He states: “Too much insulin might be fine to keep glucose levels under control.  But it’s probably damaging your brain in the long run,” he says. “Better treatments for diabetes, he suggests, would concentrate on sensitizing the body’s cell to lower amounts of insulin.”

Summary:

When treating a diabetic dog, the optimal amount of insulin along with Dia-Treaties® (once established) has consistently shown to be a long-term solution for blood glucose regulation and the increased overall health of their companion dog.  Regulation means:  (normal water consumption and urination (no more accidents), normal eating habits, reduced probability of blindness, a normal life expectancy and all the other complications associated with the ravages of diabetes.)  We believe this combination of a reduced amount of insulin and Dia-Treaties® by Vintek Nutrition® will be the new protocol in the treatment of diabetes in dogs going forward.    www.vinteknutrition.com


[i] Insulin Resistance (IR) is a physiological condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. Wikipedia.

[ii] Symogi Effect (posthypoglycemic hyperglycemia), is a rebounding high blood sugar that is a response to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).  Hypoglycemia is a very dangerous, life threatening event.  Wikipedia.