What could be sweeter then a canine with diabetes!

Date October 31, 2007
I wanted to tell you a little about us. Baby is a 13.5 yr old female spayed Purebred Pomeranian. We just found out a couple of weeks ago that she has diabetes. She also is blind from what the vet has said was due to RA. This was hit on us at once. We knew she had cataracts for some time but she was so good at manuvering around the house we had no idea that her sight was gone. We had no idea she had diabetes until she was so ill and lifeless that we made an ER trip to the vet. Baby had lost about 4-5 lbs and was drinking alot of water. We did not know anything about diabetes in dogs and had just thought that everything was due to us being away for 4 weeks this summer and she had stayed home with family and was all upset. It was not till she became lifeless and disoriented that we thought something major was wrong.

She also had some infections in her teeth and they removed them and she is doing much better after the treatment of antibotics and now with the insulin. She is currently taking Huminlin N --3 units every 12 hours. 

Now we are in the learning stages of diabetes and blindness in animals. 
I have have gotten so much info from this group in just a couple of weeks that it has overwhelmed me. But I am putting it into categories and using it. 

The problem we have is the feeding schedule. She's always been a good girl with eating but not 12 hours apart. She liked to eat when we ate. So it could be 3 or 4x a day. She is eating Mighty Dog Senior  canned food either Chicken and Rice or Turkey and Rice. She does not eat dry food!!! This is what we are doing right now and probably is wrong but we were told as long as it is consistant she should be okay??? We give her 1/2 can-3/4 can each morning 7:30am then her injection about 10-15 later just in case she vomits. Then about 4-5 hrs later she is asking for more food, so we give her 1/4 can.  Then we run into trouble at night. She can't wait till 7:30pm she wants food around 5-5:30pm. We try to get it as close to 7:30pm as we can. The she wants something again at 10:30-11:00pm. I tried the one night by giving her water with alittle of the food in it at 11:00pm to just make her feel full then she woke us up at 4:30am because she had to potty. Now she barks and barks till we feed her. The one day she was so upset by the time we fed her at 7:30 that she ate her food quickly and then vomited.

We are not yet testing her because we are having trouble with getting blood. The vet had wanted us to draw blood which we ARE NOT doing, but we just can't seem to get blood from her tail area. So no curve has been done. She is to go back for another BG at the vets. Her level last time was 325 am at 9am, she had her morning meal but no injection, (nothing but water then after the injection), then 123 at 3:15pm. 
We also have another dog in the house a female 12.5 yr old purebred pekingese named Monday. Which of course does not help when it comes to eating time. She's my stickler and PICKY...

I look forward to any input you may have for me to learn more about caring for my Baby.
Sharon, Baby & of course Monday


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