|Born : March 1993
Diagnosed: November 2001
Treatment: 8 Units Humulin-L BID
Food : Hills I/D
We celebrate Coty's birthday on March 30. I brought him home on May
To the best of my knowledge he is a Spaniel/Terrier mix. I had always
the name Coty and knew if I had a little boy that would be his name.
As a puppy, at bedtime, he would collect all his toys, put them into
his bed and
then drag his bed from the living room into the bedroom. That was until
he got teeth,
and then he ate the bed. We would take walks to the park and play fetch
a ball in the backyard. We would also visit Grandma and play with her
In 1998 Coty and I went to live with Grandma (my mom). I am very fortunate
to have her. She helps with his care while I am at work or if I go
out of town.
I canít thank her enough for always being there for me.
Coty was diagnosed in Nov. 2001 with diabetes. He is such a sweet dog,
to a fault. He never complains and never lets you know when he isnít
Looking back the early signs were that he had wet the bed a couple
times, and for
a moment there I thought, Did "I" do that? He was drinking excessive
of water, which I thought was because it was warm outside. He also
started to get
weak and was unable to jump up onto the bed. He mainly stays outside
inside to sleep with mommy. Then one day I looked at him and I was
in shock to see
this dog had lost so much weight. I called the vet and took him in.
He had gone
from 29 lbs. to 17 lbs. When I was told he had diabetes, my first thought
he had to be put down. When the vet asked if I could give his insulin
shots, I said,
"I donít know." I had just had him into the vet a few weeks prior to
have his teeth
cleaned so this was so unexpected. I did not have the blood test run
normally do with any procedure and I canít help but think that if only
I had done that,
they would have caught this sooner. He already showed signs of cataracts
I was told he would more than likely develop glaucoma and eventually
We had one episode of hypoglycemia in August 2002. That was very scary
got through it. He has glaucoma in both eyes and one has ruptured .
Of course he
didnít make a peep. The vet says she doesnít believe he can see and
as long as his
eyes do not bother him, they will put off removing them. As of August
2003, we have
just gotten over a bought of Pancreatitis, showing keytones and he
was hepatic. He
was on fluids for a week and now we are back to normal. The vet always
on how good of a patient he is and that he is such a happy dog. It
is a blessing to
have a vet that cares about your animals just as much as you do.
It is even a bigger blessing to find such a great group of people who
are so caring,
so supportive and so knowledgeable. Thank you for being here.
Nicole & Coty
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