|On Saturday, July 22, 2006 it will be 7 years since Luke was diagnosed.
He will be 16 years old in September.
|We got Luke when he was 3 months old. We had a poodle named Benny
that was 7 years old. When Benny died of heart problems when he was
15, Luke enjoyed being the only dog for a few years. He accepted
Vinney when we got him 4 1/2 years ago and Dusty (Vinney's nephew) two
When Luke was 8 years old, I noticed that he was getting me up a lot
during the night to go outside and drinking lots of water. He also
seemed to lay around more. I thought it was because he was getting
older. Then, he also started vomiting. I took him to a vet
that had treated him before. The vet missed the diagnosis.
He gave him Pepto Bismol for his stomach and gave me a syringe to shoot
it down his throat and suggested I add pancake syrup to help it go down.
He also gave him antibiotics and prednisone, which he had given him before.
This was on a Friday. The next day, my husband said why does he seem
worse than he did before he went to the vet. By Monday Luke was much
worse. My husband loaded him in the car and walked into our present
vets' office. Within 10 minutes they said he is diabetic. Then
I was kicking myself because I didn't see it with the drinking water and
peeing. I was so devastated because I thought it was the end for
him, even the vet said 3 years at the most. I did not think I could
do it. I immediately went home and got on the Internet and found
this group. The vet wanted to keep him for a week to try to regulate
him. They had to give him IVs in the beginning. They knew he
was better when he pulled the IV out. They let him go home after
only 4 days because he was so stressed at being at the vets. I know
that I got most of my knowledge and help from the group.
Luke started on Lilly Beef and Pork insulin. When that was discontinued,
we switched to NPH which he is still on. He gets 8 units twice a
day. He eats Eukanuba Optimum Weight Management food. I add
a little chicken, beef, turkey, or cottage cheese to it.
Luke has had two hypo episodes.
At nearly 16 years old, Luke still plays with toys and runs to his food
bowl at meal time.
Sharon Byrd, Luke dd, Vinney ndd, & Dusty ndd
Photos! Photos! And More Photos!
Vinney, Sharon holding Luke, Dusty
We are peeking out the window and we see you!
Vinney & Dusty
Vinney & Luke and a priceless cushion!
Vinney sitting up!!
hmmm we think that hand is helping!!