(((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.
scallywag: why ? did they get out the bed wrong side ? or was it the parking and the weather
Jun 6, 2018 10:16:45 GMT
caz2golden: Guess cos they did not get out of bed and out and to the car park earlier enough! Another crazy day at work today, thankfully got tomorrow off!
Jun 6, 2018 17:39:57 GMT
Gillykat: Helloooooooo *waves*
Jun 7, 2018 17:57:02 GMT
scallywag: Who are youuuu
Jun 7, 2018 19:55:47 GMT
Gillykat: It's me.....Gill from Alnwick....will send you a letter today Had a few horrible HORRIBLE months but now feeling a bit better
Jun 8, 2018 8:55:51 GMT
scallywag: OK well one never knows if you been hacked again
Jun 8, 2018 13:05:46 GMT
Gillykat: No....everything has been ok on THAT particular front for a few months now as neighbour moved out and we now have an older guy who tends to keep himself to himself and only seems to venture outside to go to the shops.
Jun 8, 2018 17:05:10 GMT
scallywag: All by myself, dont wanna be ... All by myself LOL
Jun 16, 2018 20:32:02 GMT
milliepup04: I’d have been on earlier but went on a dog course today so had lots to do when I came back! Sorry!
Jun 16, 2018 20:54:01 GMT
scallywag: How did it go , dont apologise , I was just singing that song in my head
Jun 17, 2018 7:13:33 GMT
caz2golden: LOL Scallywag, now you got that song in my head!
Jun 17, 2018 14:02:48 GMT
scallywag: Ha ha caz ok try I wanna dance with somebody , somebody who loves me .... la la la
Jun 17, 2018 14:35:08 GMT
jassycat1: The song that sticks in my head is the one from River - my baby just wants to dance.
Jun 19, 2018 1:45:13 GMT
Gillykat: It's tea time now!
Jun 22, 2018 17:57:23 GMT
scallywag: And now its the evening , you northeners tickle me , tea time ? Whats that ? A cuppa? Its Dinner time ! And before that its lunch time
Jun 22, 2018 20:00:09 GMT
Gillykat: Hahaha I forgot the proper terminology was dinner. See, to me, dinner is what you have middle of the day....as in breakfast then dinner then tea then supper . I love the differences in words and meanings in various parts of the UK
Jun 22, 2018 21:01:00 GMT