(((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.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT