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Two Complementary Technologies Team Up: Vintek Nutrition’s Dia-Treaties and Baycom Diagnostics’ A1CARE

Attention Diabetic Dog Owners:  Managing Dog Diabetes Just Got Easier!

Two complementary technologies team up: Vintek Nutrition’s Dia-Treaties® and Baycom Diagnostics’ A1CARE™.

A1CARE™ The same A1C test that has been the “gold standard” for people for 20 plus years is now available and affordable for dogs and cats.  The A1C test can be used for initial diagnosis as well as monitoring long term blood glucose (b/g) levels providing up to 110 days of data with only a couple drops of dried blood.

Dia-Treaties® the soft chew supplement, can help control and stabilize blood sugar.  Although your results may vary, Dia-Treaties® can allow insulin reduction ranging from 15-67%.  This makes monitoring b/g levels with your veterinarian and/or your own glucometer crucial until the optimal insulin to Dia-Treaties® ratio is established.  

For a limited time, we are offering coupons to select customers!

The A1CARE™ test is a $99.99 value and Dia-Treaties® a $50.00 value.  

www.baycomdiagnostics.com   and  www.vinteknutrition.com  

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Diabetic Complications in Dogs

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

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

Diabetic Complications in Dogs

We need to talk some about the potential complications of diabetes.  Sometimes things can go wrong – often not fatally, but you need to be prepared, vigilant, and aware of the signs of danger.

HYPOGLYCEMIA: (low blood sugar):  occasionally, insulin works a little too well causing your dog’s blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels.  What to look for:

  • Lethargy, weakness
  • Acting drunk: staggering, not responsive
  • Glassy eyes
  • Restlessness
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Coma

Should you see any of these – the list ranges from mild to severe signs – you can often correct the problem by giving a sugar solution of corn syrup or honey.  Get a 12 cc syringe from your veterinarian, dilute the syrup or honey with a little water to make it more “syringable”.  Slowly dribble the solution into the dog’s mouth making sure he or she can still swallow.  Don’t worry, you can’t overdo it.  Rule of thumb:  if a dog is on insulin and begins to show any of the early signs above, you can never go wrong by giving sugar!   If the dog has progressed to the point of inability to swallow or is unresponsive, sugar solution can be administered by enema.   Veterinary consultation is also recommended.

Please notify your veterinarian if you experience an “incident”.  Your dog’s insulin dose may need to be adjusted.  Most, if not all, of the dogs who are on Dia-Treaties® required a reduction in their insulin dose; sometimes dramatic reduction.

CATARACTS:   Due to high blood sugar before diagnosis and treatment and the often wild blood sugar   swings in dogs being treated, the fibers and cells that make up the lens in the eye are damaged.  This results in the development of milky-white opacities developing in the lens of the eye.  Most dogs will develop cataracts leading to blindness in the course of their disease.  Now a dog is not like a human to sit around and feel sorry for himself, wishing he could see again.  They are remarkably adaptable and accept whatever fate befalls them.  Blindness is not painful, totally debilitating or a reason for euthanasia.  They simply cope.

Veterinary ophthalmologists specialize in cataract removal which will restore normal vision. Your veterinarian can refer you to such a specialist should you desire.

Since this is Dia-Treaties’ website, we have noted that, since Dia-Treaties smoothes out blood sugar levels, the onset of cataracts is often delayed.

Dr. Sam Lukens