|PETER is a Cockapoo, diagnosed diabetic in November 2001 after he emptied
water dish and had to go outside several times a night for three days
in a row. He
wasn't showing any other symptoms at the time. Regulation was
a long process,
his vet put him on Humulin L once a day and Hills W/D kibble.
He lost his appetite
and wasn't his cheery self for several months. He's been doing
well since being
changed to two shots a day, currently 5.5 units each.
Peter is happy, energetic and playful, people he meets are surprised
he is 13 years old
(born September 1990) and diabetic. We try to walk every day and he
other dogs, and bounces around inviting them to play. Adding consistent
seems to have been the final key to being generally well regulated.
Peter quickly refused to eat the W/D kibble and we struggled with appetite
for a long time. He hadnít eaten breakfast since he was a puppy,
and didnít see
any reason to start. A jar of Beef Baby Food or a scrambled egg was
reliable last-resort breakfast so he could have his insulin when he
regular breakfast. After trying many menu variations and tempting
we changed to a diet high in protein and veggies, and low in grains,
seems to keep his blood glucose very stable and his appetite good.
Breakfast and dinner
are ½ cup of finely chopped low-glycemic veggies
(such as green beans, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, lima beans,
celery, peas, cabbage, tofu, etc) microwaved till just steaming.
Stir in 1/3 cup of Canidae or Wysong kibble,
1/4 cup of chopped baked or dried liver, heart or other meat
and 1 tsp Wysong C-biotic.
The aroma is surprisingly appetizing, he loves it and hasnít turned
down a meal since!
He also gets a Pet-tab plus, and 250mg Vitamin C each morning.
Lunch is a smaller portion of veggies & kibble,
and his favorite snacks are more of the same meats.
After diagnosis, he rapidly went from 32 lbs to 24 lbs,
and has maintained at 24 lbs on this diet for many months.
Peter had cataract surgery two years before diabetes. He had been
slowly losing sight
for nearly a year, and was adapting fairly well. But, it was
sad when he couldn't find
me in the yard and when he ran into a big rock on the beach and bit
a hole in his
tongue. When he did a belly flop into a ditch I made the appointment
evaluation. Surgery was very successful and he has lens implants.
He can catch his
favorite ball again and appears to see as well as ever.
Everything was normal at his three-year checkup.
We are forever grateful for the information
we get from the Rainbow Pet Diabetes Email List
and the www.petdiabetes.com website,
especially the importance of consistency in food,
exercise & insulin, which greatly contributed to his regulation.
Peter and I adore each other
and I feel very fortunate that he is doing so well with a disease
that I quickly realized can be very difficult.
Jeanie & Peter
Whidbey Island, Washington