|Judy asked me to post about myself and my beloved Ivory. Ivory
became diabetic in 1991 after whelping a litter of puppies. It was
devastating to me as I had great hopes for her and her puppies. Prior
to whelping the litter Ivory became an AKC Champion and a UKC Grand
Champion. Ivory's puppies were fine and I kept her daughter Glory who is
an AKC CH/UKC GR CH also.
Ivory is a very brittle diabetic and was very hard to regulate at first.
Thankfully, since I am a registered medical technologist, I was able to
check her blood and do my own curves. I finally succeeded in regulating
her after about 6 months.
Ivory and I have had our ups and downs over the last 6 years.
At present, she is a healthy 27 pounds and her BS this morning was 168.
At times she can be a picky eater, so I keep 2 foods in the house.
She eats either Purina DCO or Science Diet WD or a combination of both.
I am diligent in her care and still check her blood twice daily before
feedings and shots. I do this because I am anal about it as
well as it is easy for me since my previous profession entailed drawing
blood from people.
I am a firm believer that diabetes is not a death sentence, it is a
disease. With proper treatment and care a pet can live a long and
Ivory did develop diabetic cataracts within 4 weeks of diagnosis, but
she still has marginal sight and makes it around the house and yard just
fine. When I take her with me to shows, I keep her leash close and
guide her. If you saw her in our backyard, you would never believe
her sight was compromised.
Ivory was on Humulin N, 4.5 IU twice a day. Due to the cost,
I have just switched to the generic insulin Novolin N that you can get
from any Wal Mart. She is doing fine on it and it is half the cost
Due to Ivory's disease, she and I are very close. I know the disease
or the complications thereof will take her some day. I just hope
it is a long, long time.
Debbie and Ivory (dd dx 9/01)