My 9 year old sheperd/malamute mix Bones has diabetes. It breaks my heart. He went in for blood glucose (bg) regulation and I don't think they did a very good job. I'm giving him 2 shots of Vetsulin insulin each day now (30 units each shot). This morning, he was great, we even went for a walk and he was so much like himself. The afternoon he became lethargic again, or maybe just lazy! Last week before the diagnosis, he was drinking a lot of water and peeing a lot. Now his water consumption seems closer to normal and he isn't peeing as much...but he still seems pretty lethargic. Maybe it's just an adjustment period. I can't seem to stop worrying about it! He is spending the day with the vet on Thursday to see how his levels react to insulin through the day. I asked her to see if we could change from Vetsulin to NPH insulin as the Vetsulin will cost me $120 per month vs about $40 for the NPH.
Like I said, this is breaking my heart as he has always been very "up" and active. Now he just looks sad and tired.
I'm curious about other's experiences. I'd like to start a little "Diabetic Dogs Support Thread" here so we can share ideas and experiences.
My 10 year old cocker spaniel had diabetes and I can remember many days of having to watch how she acted so I would know how much insulin to give her. It was a very scary thing to know that you are totally responsible for the life of your dog. Unfortunately she got an urinary track infection that just went out of control and within 3 weeks she was gone. Something that would have been very easy to take care of if she didn't have diabetes. She was so good to sit for me while twice a day having to give her a shot.....it always hurt me to have to do it. But I realized that was the only way to keep her alive. The last day of her life she had spent the night in the Emergency Vets,and I picked her up in the morning to take her to her regular vet. She held on just long enough for me to get to her, but died in my arms at the vets office. I'm sorry I probaly shouldn't have written this but my life totally changed when she became diabetic. She became my best friend.....I talked to her about everything. She needed me and I needed her. I think you idea about a support group is wonderful, I wish it was around 3 years ago, I could have used it.
I would love to see a diabetic support thread started. My male mini schnauzer (Max) has had diabetes for 2 years. It is alot of devotion and time and love any special needs dog have to have. I think it takes special people do handle it too. We have given up vacations, we go places after the 6:30 p.m. shot. But it is well worth the things we have to sacrifice for him. I never get to sleep-in because I have to make sure he has his morning shot on time. He has to eat to be able to take his shot and sometimes thats hard because he doesn't always want to eat. He is on Humlin N, 16 units each twice a day. It is a human insulin and he has done great on it. Hope you decide to start something for us that have these special babies.