What could be sweeter then a diabetic pet?

My name in Molly
I am an Old English Sheepdog.  The photo is of me now aged three years.  I love to run and play with the other dogs in the house, Barney aged 3, Oscar aged 20 months, and Lukass aged 18 weeks.  (They are all Old English Sheepdogs).  I always have a ball in my mouth - all the balls in the toy box belong to ME!  I am however, Blind and Diabetic.  How I became diabetic is another story, I wasn't born diabetic. I have canine diabetes type II (early onset).  I was very poorly but now I am really well and fit and enjoy life.  It's all thanks to a good diet and routine and a good vet with the patience of a saint!    She was originally in a rescue and going downhill fast.  All I could think was that I wanted her to die in a loving home and not in a kennel (The diabetes we think, was caused by abuse and stress).  She was in a terrible state, our vet wasn't optimistic and asked me what breed she was supposed to be!  She has pulled through and I am very proud of her she is so brave! 

Molly's Insulin Therapy
Molly uses her insulin quickly (all diabetics are different).  She needs two injections a day 12 hours apart and her food is given at the same time to make sure that the food and the insulin peak at the same time. Molly only needs 2x 7 i.u. injections of insulin per day (Insuvet Lente) which is really good for her bodyweight.  She doesn't need snacks in-between meals.
Playtimes, rest times and feed times are exactly the same each day.

Molly's Diet 
All diabetics need lots of fibre, the right sort of fibre is very important.  Soluble fibre is better than insoluble, so we use vegetables.  The fibre should also be in a form that the stomach can use.  A good juice extractor does this perfectly and by removing most of the water you also reduce the bulk.  We researched and experimented with all types of fibre until we found what suited Molly best. Molly has 2 meals a day each comprising 6 ozs. of fresh vegetables ( 2oz broccoli stalk, 2oz swede. 2oz carrot) plus 6oz Skinners Meal and 11/2oz fresh raw mince meat.  The veg. are put through the juice extractor and the whole meal is fed warm by mixing the Skinners with warm water (to a solid form - not wet or sloppy) & then adding the veg. & meat.  Skinners is ideal because it is high in carbohydrate and low in fat.  Afterwards Molly has a piece of carrot.

 Molly's Home Blood Glucose Monitoring
Now that Molly's diabetes is stable we do our own blood glucose testing at home should we need to do so.  Last Bank Holiday Molly got over excited with visitors and became ill.  We were able to test her blood sugar and then ring the vet for advice.  Thus avoiding a trip to the vet.  We also have regular Fructosomine tests done at the vet. For the blood glucose tests we use the Roche Accu-Chek Advantage meter, we don't use the 'pen' because it doesn't go deep enough so we use the lancet by hand with a quick stabbing action on the top inside of the ear flap (taking care not to go right through the ear!).  It works very well for us and Molly doesn't mind.

Best Regards Julie and Mollie

A very important update on Molly on June 12, 2001
This is a very difficult mail to write.  It is really good news - I think! 
We went to the eye vet today for the first time (Molly has been totally blind 
since we got her).  The vet was so excited over Molly, he said she has a very 
rare AND unusual type of cataract!  Not one that you would associate with 
diabetes.  We were there almost two hours whilst he examined and re examined 
her eyes, poor Molly.  He put some drops in and wanted me to look through his 
gagetery.  I'm afraid I don't DO eyes (anything else but NOT eyes!) . 
Anyway, I looked through because he was so excited about it all!  I will 
explain as best I can what happened:   he told me to look for a colour and I 
found orange.  Then he told me to look some more into a hole and then I could 
see through a hole and to the blood vessels at the back of the eye! We did 
this with both eyes, the left one I could see a tiny bit of scar tissue 
(damage to the retina) which shows as white (through the equipment).  He said 
that as we could see in that in theory Molly should be able to see out, given 
the right drops!  At this time Molly could certainly see something!   He said 
that we won't be able to tell for about four days and then we must work out 
if she can see and what she can see.

This willl be quite a challenge as Molly is very good at being blind! 
Anyone who has a blind dog in their family will understand that last comment!
If the drops don't work or she doesn't see enough we can opt for surgery.  It 
sounds as though we have nothing to lose going for the drops option first.
This afternoon at the vets I too was excited.  But now I am trying to piece 
together the information and understand it.  And, I'm tired, I normally start 
at six am but today I started at five am the hour has made a lot of  difference!

It has been hard for Molly too, the vet wanted to take lots of photos which 
took forever two rolls of film, he didn't charge because he said he wanted it 
all for his personal records because she was such a rare case!
As to be expected, all this has played havoc with Molly's sugar levels 
straight away.  What with the journey and the consultation it has sent her crashing.
I think my sugar level is getting low now too!  I know really that it is good 
news for Molly but there is so much that I don't understand and I need to 
understand to make sure that I do the right thing for Molly. 

Julie, Molly and the boys

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