March 23, 1993 to November 14, 2003
I regret to tell everyone that my dog, Kiva, passed away on Friday,
November 14. She died suddenly and unexpectedly of what the vets
was a pulmonary embolism: a blood clot that blocks an artery in the
often causing sudden death. She had diabetes for 2.5 years.
Her vet said
that diabetics are at risk for developing embolisms.
You can read more about her life and death at:
She lived with diabetes for 2.5 years before she died. She was
in May 2001. Her vet (Dr. Guy Newton, Peak to Peak Animal Hospital,
Nederland, Colorado) took excellent care of her. This newsgroup
the pet diabetes websites helped me tremendously in getting educated
the disease and its treatment. I can't thank the list-owners
maintainers enough for all your help! It was so scary at the
but the knowledge I gained on the Internet helped me enormously.
Kiva went in for several BG curves in the vet's office at the beginning,
but she her BGs were always jumping around. We thought we had gotten
more or less regulated, but one day, about 4 months after her diagnosis,
she went hypoglycemic. She was stumbling around and couldn't walk
straight. We took her to the emergency vet. Her BG was still only 30
we got to the emergency vet, even after tons of Karo syrup and a 45
ride to the vet. All the vet did was monitor her BG and give
She was wiped out the whole next day, but she recovered well. That
I did research on the best glucometer, and the next day I went out
bought one. I was determined never to give her a shot of insulin again
that would cause her to go hypoglycemic. After that experience,
too scary to give her a shot and not know what her BG was when I gave
it to her.
We picked the Lifescan Onetouch Ultra tester. It required the
amount of blood. I would dry the underside of her lip with a paper
and prick her with a lancet. She took it so well! I would
do this twice
a day, and adjust her insulin based on her BG reading. She still
around a lot with her BG readings (150-400) was the usual range.
err on the side of keeping her BGs higher rather than lower, after
first scary experience with hypoglycemia. I figured high blood
would kill her eventually, but low sugar could kill her immediately.
She also developed cataracts and took thyroid medicine. The cataracts
developed quickly, within about a month. The eye vet said her
about 80% obstructed, but you couldn't tell except for she had a hard
seeing small things. Once the cataracts formed initially, they
growing and never did get any worse. We were going to have the
removed, but then my husband of 19 years was diagnosed with lung cancer
and died less than six months later. Boy, I thought dealing with
dog's diabetes was difficult. My husband's illness and death
into perspective real quick.
I believe the twice-daily home testing with the Lifescan glucometer
the single most important part of Kiva's diabetes management.
10.5 and had had diabetes for 2.5 years, but she felt good and was
and happy until just a few hours before she died.
I'd like to donate the glucometer, over 100 test strips, over 100 3/10cc
syringes, and over 100 lancets to someone who loves their dog or cat
much as I did and who will use it to take good care of their furry
If you are interested, please send me a short email telling me about
and your pet and how you will use the glucometer. I will pay
Taking care of a diabetic dog is expensive. Between the insulin,
syringes, the test strips, the lancets and the prescription dog food,
figured I spent about $200/month on that dog. She was worth it.
her very much.
For readers' information:
I got the best deals on syringes ($15/100) and lancets ($10/100) at
I got the best deal on test strips (~$55/100) on Ebay.
The retail price for those test strips is about $85/100.
Please let me know if you are interested in inheriting Kiva's diabetic
testing supplies. Thanks again for this list, and I wish you
in dealing with your diabetic pet. Treasure them now because
never spend enough time with them.
Look into a rainbow
Up in heaven, high above,
Amidst skies of spectral hue,
Lives a love to be remembered,
A heart waiting there for you.
So in that legend in Paradise,
Amidst crystallized morning dew
As you look into a dazzling rainbow,
She is there, gazing back at you.
She came into your life as swiftly as a dream,
Then just as quick, she had to part,
Though only memories she left, it may seem,
Her tender prints are in your heart
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