Louie came into this world on September 26, 1996 and soon became
light of my life.
Having come to live with me the same year I graduated high school
and was starting a “life of my own”,
we both had a lot to learn; though I truly believe he has taught me
so much more
than I could ever teach him!
In no time Louie was house trained, could sit, stay, shake, speak, lie
down and fetch a ball.
Not to mention catch a ball (or treat) in mid air. What a talented
boy he is!
He will entertain himself for hours lying on his back and juggling
his favorite “Buddy Glow Ball”. Louie loves going for walks and running
in the park.
And I can always count on him to snuggle up right next to me at night.
He has definitely taught me the true meaning of friendship, loyalty
In July 2002, I noticed Louie was not acting like himself – drinking
excessively and even a couple
accidents in the house. I immediately made an appointment for
him at the vet. I was so
unprepared for what was to happen next. When the vet diagnosed
Louie as being diabetic,
I felt as though my world had just come crashing down on me.
I thought, “My God, I’m going to lose my best friend.”
The next couple of days were filled with countless tears and feelings
What was Diabetes?
What does that mean for Louie?
Was he going to die?
I knew I needed to educate myself about this disease,
after all, Louie is my world and I need to take care of him!
That’s when I found www.petdiabetes.com
and the Rainbow Pet Diabetes Email List.
The website gave me the tools I needed to properly take care of Louie
Email list has provided me with a tremendous amount of knowledge and
Louie and I are forever indebted to this wonderful group of caring
Louie was officially diagnosed with Diabetes on July 9, 2002.
At this time he weighed 130 Lbs., was eating Purina Dog Chow
and I was instructed to begin giving him 30 units of Humilin N bid.
The following week we lowered his insulin dosage to 28 units bid and
switched his food to
Purina Fit & Trim. We continued dropping his insulin dosage
by 2 units bid until we reached his
current amount of 24 units bid. I have also switched his food
to Wellness Super5 Senior, dry
and he’s currently weighing in at a healthy 100 Lbs.
In September, I began home testing his bg levels.
This, surprisingly, has gone very well.
Louie is extremely cooperative. . .but that could be because he knows
he gets a treat when I’m done! On November 8th, we made our first
trip to the eye specialist.
He has diabetic cataracts in both eyes, but is currently able to see
They told me that he is a good candidate for the surgery when the time
We continue to visit the eye vet monthly and pray for good news.
Whatever this disease throws at us,
I know we will be able to tackle – thanks to Judy, for providing us
with this super website
packed with information and a phenomenal network of supportive friends.
Danna Eberly & Louie
Louie's Cataract Update
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 08:14:20 -0600
Thought I'd update you on Louie. Things didn't go as well as
his tests and such came back with good results, so she wasn't planning
severe inflammation when she got into his eye. She started with
his left eye
(the worse of the 2), and it was terribly inflamed. She struggled
decision and ultimately chose not to perform the surgery on his "good
the right one. Her fears were that when she got into that eye,
it too would
be severely inflamed and she didn't want to risk that. Due to
the issues, he
also was not given the lens implant so his vision will not be great,
will at least be able to see again out of his left eye, which he already
Her recommendation is to hold off for a few weeks, continue to give
anti-inflammatory meds and do the 2nd eye. There's more details,
but I don't
want to ramble on. As you might have guessed, I'm really disappointed,
appreciate very much her decision and I'm just glad my boy is home.
He absolutely HATES this collar. Louie's always been very jumpy
when it comes
to bumping into things and/or if something falls, etc. It scares
death. So this darn collar, in addition to his grogginess, is
not going very
well. We've made a little progress this morning, but not much
And he didn't
sleep more than about 15 minutes last night. He refused to lay
down with the
collar. He's absolutely petrified.
Thank you so very much for the well-wishes and prayers for my boy and
both appreciate them a ton! I'm going to head back upstairs now
and sit with
him. Hope all is well with everyone.
Here's a picture of Louie the night before
One of him today. Poor baby. Thanks everyone for the kind
Margo, I'm going to the store to buy a clear collar today.
Hopefully that will make him feel a little more sure of himself.
On Jan 17, 2005 he had his left eye removed due to glaucoma caused
by retinal detachment?
I just thought some people might find it helpful to see this.
I know we’re not the first to undergo this
procedure, but we also won’t be the last. And maybe it will help
that next person make the decision.
March 28, 2005
Just thought I'd share a picture of Louie post-surgery. Such
my beautiful boy! :-)
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