Silly Question

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2015-01-18 13:01:08 -0600
Started 2015-01-14 22:43:20 -0600

Since I started taking metformin a couple of months ago, I cannot keep my dog from sticking her big nose in my face and sniffing my breath. My glucose levels are good. She never did this before I started my diabetic medicine. Can anyone tell me what is up with this goofy dog?

23 replies

Rikster 2015-01-18 06:50:45 -0600 Report

Sorry I can't explain why your dog is doing this. I have a cat and she does the same, always sticking her head in my face and smelling my breath. I've been on Metformin for nearly 4 yrs now from being first diagnosed with T2. It must be some kind of smell that only the animals can sense. I can give you some advice since your new to the Metformin medication. Make sure that when you have your blood counts done that they also check your vitamin B12 levels, as long time usage of Metformin can reduce this level. Vitamin B12 is important for normal brain function. Don't let this be too much of a worry for you, I've been on Metformin 4 yrs now and my B12 levels have been normal each time my blood counts were done.

sweetjoy 2015-01-15 20:05:16 -0600 Report

i just got off metformin after YEARS of taking it. it was causing uncontrollable diarrhea. i found out that it was dragging me down in many other ways. i've been so low on energy for so long, and depressed. i've been off for a little over a week and all of it is like i'm a new person! i hope it doesn't do the same to you!

chirogal 2015-01-15 18:55:22 -0600 Report

I'm new. What are ketones and can anything related to diabetes make your urine smell weird? I take metformin. Been on it about a week now and I'm feeling super crappy :(

sweetslover 2015-01-15 21:36:27 -0600 Report

Everyone reacts differently to meds, but I had a similar experience when I started metformin about 3 months ago. I was extremely irritable and emotional. It took several weeks for my body to adjust, but now I feel fine. Be aware that if you consume too many carbs/sugars at a time that you will become best friends with your bathroom. :)

sweetslover 2015-01-15 21:32:59 -0600 Report

If you are like me, it took several weeks for my body to become accustomed to the metformin. I felt bad, was extremely irritable, and an emotional wreck. Now, I have an occasional emotional meltdown, but they are few. My doctor warned me that metformin would cause diarrhea if I consumed too many carbs. It's true. Believe me.

GabbyPA 2015-01-15 10:04:59 -0600 Report

Oh, love that goofy dog. Maybe now that you are on metformin your levels are better and she is noticing the difference. It's a good thing. I had a puppy at a friends house wake me up one night. I thought she wanted to go out, but she wanted to wake me up. I checked my levels and I was low. I was very grateful for that breath sniffing little pup.

sweetslover 2015-01-15 17:05:04 -0600 Report

I have noticed that most of her sniffing is in the morning when my levels are at their lowest, but they have never been below 75. She must have a sensitive nose. LOL

jayabee52 2015-01-15 05:11:14 -0600 Report

Howdy Sweets
The only silly, stupid or foolish question here on DC (IMHO) is a HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

Your dog may well be checking either the Ketones in your breath, or the sweetness. There are dogs (and cats too) who have alerted their humans to something not right about their smell and have urged their human to get themselves checked out.

If your pooch smells your breath and goes a little crazy it would be time to get your BG (blood glucose) meter out and test yourself to see if there is anything wrong with your BG levels, either high or low.

God's best to you

RebDee 2015-01-14 23:49:05 -0600 Report

You are so lucky!! Your dog is smelling your ketones. My dog does that also and if my BS goes down (especially when I am asleep) my dog will wake me up so that I can get something to eat and not go down so low that I go into a coma. Apparently ketones gives you bad breath.

sweetslover 2015-01-15 09:16:40 -0600 Report

I guess I am lucky, but that is an awfully big nose to open your eyes to first thing in the morning. Lol

RebDee 2015-01-15 10:48:56 -0600 Report

I have a 123 lb. Labra-Dane. He too has a big nose and gigantic paws which he hits me with to wake me, We are lucky puppy parents who are benefiting from something we didn't know we needed until now.

jayabee52 2015-01-15 05:12:52 -0600 Report

Dee, I have heard that ketones gives your breath a "fruity" smell.

RebDee 2015-01-15 11:02:04 -0600 Report

I don't know if I have bad breath or fruity breath but whichever it is, Arty wakes me up and he is always right about my BS being too low.

debcox 2015-01-15 00:17:46 -0600 Report

I've heard of a diabetic coma but thought a person went into a coma from a high glucose not a low glucose.

MONTJAN 2015-01-15 02:20:25 -0600 Report

either one if severe can cause coma, that's why its soooo difficult for people with uncontrolled bs, the symptoms of high and low sugars are extremely similar

RebDee 2015-01-14 23:49:53 -0600 Report

By the way, there is no such thing as a silly question, especially when you want to know the answer.

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