Levi, my little Bichon - Shih Tzu was diagnosed
with diabetes at 1-1/2 years of age on February, 1st 2002. Quite rare, our vet
told us, for a doggie so young. His symptoms had a fast onset, so I'm sure we
caught it quite quickly. His significant thirst and VERY large puddles of
"sticky" pee, was my first insight that something was wrong. Within
days our vet confirmed my suspicions. Needless to say, I (like so many others,
I'm sure) was quite devastated to hear the diagnosis.
Levi has been difficult to regulate. He was
started off on 4 units of insulin, twice daily. A curve done after a week showed
his BG to be too low during the peak. We then tried 3 units twice daily, but the
"sticky" pee and thirst returned. Another curve was done, and the vet
advised we give him the 4 units as previously prescribed. We were assured that
the lowest bg reading after about 7 hours after the insulin shot, was nothing to
get too worried about.
It has been a month now and Levi seems to be adapting very well. He associates
his shots with being fed afterwards so he actually looks forward to it. When he
sees that I have his needle prepared, I squat on the floor and he comes to me
and situates himself between my legs so I can give it to him. He then runs to
the counter where he knows his meal awaits him. I couldn't ask for a more
compliant diabetic patient. Levi get his shots in 12 hour intervals. That to me
seems too long between feedings, so I give him a bit of his regular dinner after
I get home from work. About 10 hours. Then after 2 hours I give him his insulin
and the rest of his meal.
Levi's bgs were going too low and we decreased the dose to 3 units twice a
day. He did fine for a while until one day when he went
hypoglycemic. Thank goodness it was a Sunday and I was at home at the
time. Another curve done a week later showed a level of 1.4 mmoles/L
(~25 mg/dl ) at the insulin's peak.
Needless to say we had to reduce even more. At 2 units he started to show signs
of having Diabetes. Large, frequent urinations and thirst. We are now
trying a second type of insulin - a faster acting insulin, Novolin NPH, and hope
that his problem can be solved. It's only been 3 days so we're not sure.
My goal is to have Levi live a long and happy life with his "brother"
Charley. Neither one seems to know there is anything abnormal going on, and now
everything seems routine.
My advice to people whose furry children are recently diagnosed with diabetes,
is to hang in there. It will get easier, and become a regular part of your daily
routine. Of course you will always have fears and will do what you can to ward
them off. But, as with real children, you'll have the instincts to do what is
necessary to help them to live their life to the fullest potential.
-- Contributed by Deborah
Contributed May 2002
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