Hi, cderocco, and welcome to the forum.
My gang was a very devoted mom to her dog, Dakota, who had several issues including diabetes. She has a tremendous amount of experience and will help you any way she can. I believe you have a PM on how to reach her.
Your dog will pick up on your feelings so if you can try to stay calm and relaxed yourself your dog will likely be calm too. If you try to turn it into a pleasant routine followed by a favorite treat he will learn to associate it with good things.
I don't have any personal experience with dealing with diabetes in a pet but I will provide you with links to an excellent website that has been recommended by others on this forum:
Some picture tutorials on blood glucose testing:
A webpage with links to all kinds of useful information on diabetes:
Again, welcome to the forum and, yes, we would love to see pics of Barney.
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