Herman is getting a feeding tube inserted this afternoon, and will
be at the vet's overnight.
I'll be picking him up tomorrow afternoon and trying to help him with
this thing. If it doesn't
work, and he doesn't eat, then we're at the end of the road. I'm keeping
all things possible
crossed, that he'll eat on his own in the near future.
We adopted Herman about 10 years ago as a rescue. He had been tossed
over the fence
frost bitten and starving. I picked him up with Rascal(ndc) a few days
I was told that he was going to be euthanised that weekend. Anyway,
he and Rascal
managed to hurt their legs in the first few days after being cooped
up in their cages for
so long. Once he settled in, he was the ruler of the house. He taught
that to Snookums
when she arrived 6 months later.
He developed diabetes over 4 years ago. He was losing weight rapidly
and drinking tons of
water. He was put on pork insulin but sent home with humulin u. The
vet didn't know much
about diabetes, and is learning along with me. He had neuropathy for
about four months, and
then with the increase insulin that finally disappeared. He was switched
to Caninsulin and
stabilized at 3.5 units until this fall. He is now on 2 units twice
After being hypo and then not walking, and now these ulcers,
I can only hope that the worst is over and we will have a healthy Herman
for this Christmas.
Dogs think they are humans. Cats know they are gods.
Update June of 2003
Herman recovered in time to have a wonderful Christmas and
is now enjoying
sitting outside in the sunshine on warm days. He even gets after
the girls when he's
feeling frisky. His last fructosomine test was excellent; so, we're
looking forward to
some more great times with our boy.