(((BIG HUGS))) First of all - don't panic My jack russell Buster had diabetes and had a daily insulin injection into the scruff of his neck every morning and he was perfectly ok about it. He'd jump up onto the kitchen table and sit calmly whilst we injected him. Dogs are pretty cool about stuff like this I've found.....unlike the diabetic cat I fostered for a few weeks for PARRT: he hated his injections and would wriggle like stink Buster had his diabetes in the late 90's so by now they'll have made HUGE advances in treatment and stuff I'm sure and I cannot see any reason why our gorgeous lad shouldn't live out his normal span. Gypsy will know more and probably put any worries you have to rest (((HUGS)))
If you have any questions for the vet then write them down so you don't forget I'm sure it'll all be fine....will be sending LOTS of ((((((healing vibes)))))) to Alfie at 12 noon.
Yes pancreatitis and diabetes is very closely linked. It has always been my fear with Gypsy as her mum had sudden onset diabetes but that was diagnosed too late to help her and now with Gypsy and her pancreatitis I am conscious she is at higher risk than some (i.e has damaged pancreas + a genetic link). I also have no idea how I would cope but I know I would cope somehow!
Think Gilly has given you some excellent advice, such as dont panic, ask questions etc.
I noticed Alfie has been drinking quite a lot lately but kept telling myself he's had every test under the sun over the past few months, and that kidneys etc were absolutely fine.
Anyway last night and night before he got me up to go outside to pee in the night which is very unusual so vets with a sample this morning.
Vet done a dipstick test and glucose test reacted immediately. He said it is caused by the pancreatitis?
Waiting for blood test results to come back and seeing vet again at midday. Gonna be twice daily insulin - how will I do that?!
Diabetes is quite manageable once you get into a routine that works for you (and your vet will obviously work out an insulin regime that suits you best).
Most insulin injections are subcutaneous (under the skin) so many dogs tolerate them quiet well. Of course, there is also some training that you can do to help make the experience easier for both of you.
As for yourself actually giving injections, it's much easier than most people think. If you're a bit weary of doing it, then bananas are good to practice on as their skin is very similar to a dogs (in terms of thickness).
For most owners, the most challenging thing about diabetes is not giving any treats throughout the day and managing when you go for walks. Everything needs to be consistent (avoid exercise at peak insulin times, diet needs to be 2 equal meals a day prior to insulin, may need to increase food to keep weight on, etc).
You're vet will obviously go over everything with you too.
It can be very daunting and quite difficult in the beginning but you will work something out .
"The man with the lead in his hand and no dog in sight owns a Beagle" ~ The Kennel Club Member since: Thursday, 14 July 2011 13:25
Blood glucose levels were absolutely fine so vet spoke to AHT.
Currently thinking its a type of extremely rare kidney disease called Faconi Syndrome. My vet has never known a case before and it's usually caused by ingesting a toxin. Other possibility is leptospirosis but he's fully vaccinated.
One of the internet pages I just found puts tick borne diseases as a possible source, has he had any ticks of late?
Nope, he's never had a tick in his life (to my knowledge). Head is spinning now... got a list of things to ask vet tomorrow but since he's never dealt with it either, then I'm not sure what help he will be! The prognosis seems quite good if caught early. I just don't understand where/how he could have possibly got it. He doesn't go out of my sight on walks, has not eaten anything toxic that I know of. I'm sure vet went through meds with AHT (and he's not on any tablets now, just eye drops) so anything would have been called up there. A couple of sites have mentioned a link to pancreatitis.
When the vet done the urine dipstick this morning he said diabetes can occur after a bad attack of pancreatitis and that the sample patch would start to go blue. It went black the second it touched the urine! Vet tried once more and same thing happened so he opened a new pot of test strips as he couldn't believe how strong and sudden the reaction was. But then blood glucose was totally normal.