|MJ is a handsome salt and pepper mini schnauzer. MJ's story started
3 years ago. I had MJ neutered at about 4 years old because I
knew I wasn't going
to have him mated. He started gradually gaining weight.
At his annual vet visit in 2002,
I asked the vet didn't he think MJ was getting too fat and shouldn't
he lose some weight.
He said, "well, he is husky, but as long as he doesn't gain any
more weight, he should
be fine." MJ was a hefty 26 pounds.
The next year about 2-3 months before his annual vet visit and when
MJ turned 9 years
old, I noticed when I would take him out, he would urinate a long time.
been a ravenous eater but I knew something was wrong when he started
accidents in the house. Also, he started losing weight.
When I took him to the vet a month after his annual, MJ had lost 2
1/2 pounds and the urine
sample I brought in showed glucose (sugar). A blood test confirmed
diabetes. MJ's blood
sugar was 432! Thank God I'm a nurse because the vet went over
everything so fast, it still
made my head spin. During the first year, I became increasingly disgusted
with the vet
because he acted like he didn't know what to do and wasn't answering
The last straw was on February 7, 2005 when 2 hours after eating,
MJ started stumbling
and acting somewhat confused. I immediately gave him some honey and
rushed him to the
emergency vet. His blood sugar was 32! They kept him over
night and did a glucose curve.
It was shown that the Humulin insulin (6 units 2x's a day) kicked in
about 2 hours after
injection peaked about 4-5 hours and then started losing its effectiveness.
Well, to make
a long story short, I switched vets. MJ sees a wonderful holistic vet
now. She made
some minor adjustments to the homemade diet I was feeding him added
supplements and changed the insulin to Humalin L, 5 units 2x's a day.
MJ goes for
a glucose curve in 1 week. This vet actually listens to my concerns,
and answers my questions. MJ has starting developing cataracts,
but he can still see.
I'm still learning how to do the home testing. He's a wonderful companion
going to do what I can to make his life here as comfortable as possible.
And Mister says, "me too"
Update - Mon, 25 Apr 2005
MJ is doing as well as can be expected. His blood sugars are
still up and down
(100 to 250) but now I've got the knack of testing his blood sugar.
We (I and his
wonderful, new, holistic vet) just discovered that he is sensitive
to white turnips. Thank
God I got the knack of testing his blood sugar. I would have
kept feeding him the white
turnips and wouldn't have known that his glucose would go as high as
400 after eating
turnips for a few days.I keep a daily log over 2 weeks at a time and
fax the log to his vet
. Since the weather is warmer in Chicago, MJ able to run in the
backyard, which he and
his Dad, Mister Knabe just love. This excercise also keeps the
blood sugar under 200.
MJ is on a sliding scale (3-5 units) of Humulin L insulin twice a day.
Judy, I don't know if you want to add this, but MJ had a bout of pancreatitis
February. I had to give him subcutaneous IV fluids 3 times
a day for about 5 days.
I would give the fluids right where his shoulder blade is, right under
the skin. He would
reabsorb the 100cc lactated ringers in about 1-3 hours. He had
a little Quasi Moto
hump :-). He would bleed a little after I removed the needle.
That's when I realized I
could prick him in this spot to test his blood glucose. The nail
bed, ears and mouth were
out of the question. He's very cooperative and he gets praise
for doing so. Also, I just
purchased the Free Style glucose monitor and I love it! You only
need a pin head size
of blood. I use the lancet pen and get blood sugar results in
15 seconds. I tested it on
my forearm first to get the knack. It's very easy.
I hope this is enough info. MJ is lying beside me right now taking
a after dinner nap.
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