Hi, I'm new here, my dog Hannah, is almost 12 years old and we just found out she is diabetic. We bought her special food, treats, and got her insulin and we were armed, so we thought, to fight this with her. We gave her her first shot at the Vet's and the next two the next day, she got wise to us however. The day after that we went to give her her shot and she attacked my husband, she's lost weight so she's only 22 lbs, but she bit him and came right back again, so, we tried again and she attacked again but didn't bite. I'm sad that I feel like I'm a bad pet owner, with her personality, it's not likely she will let us treat her, and I don't want her to be afraid for the rest of her life of us, ganging up on her to give her her shots. Does anyone have any suggestions or has anyone had this problem? Thanks.
First of all, I'm so sorry about your Hannah. She seems sweet, but it's not that you are a bad pet owner, it's just that Hannah is afraid of you because she may think that you don't like her anymore because you have her getting shots for her diabetes. Yes, I have been through this before because my second dog, Scooter 1 has past a few years back because she was old with diabetes. Just before you take her to the vets' mkae sure that she is calm and give her treats & tell her that everything is alright. Quickly, can u check out my question and see if you can answer it. It is about my 3 year old dog. P.S. its not the one titled Miniature Pinscher Problems. Thanks again.
Never quit on your dog or puppy, even if they are a little naughty.
I give my dogs shots all the time and for the most part they do not seem to have a problem with it! It may just be that you are nervous about doing it and your dog is picking up on your feelings. Try being calm get the shot ready and wait for a little bit. Then sit with your dog and pet him and when you are both calm give him the shot. It will take some time but it has to be done and the more calm you are the more calm your dog will be! Good luck with your baby!
My guess is she is picking up on your nervousness. The needle is itty bitty and she should barely feel it so that should not be causing her to react this way. Were her sugar levels very high? Sometimes both dogs and cats can be managed with the food alone. What food did your vet prescribe?