|A Canine with Diabetes Mellitus
What Could Be Sweeter Then a Diabetic Pet?
Ripley is a wonderful six year old Brittany Spaniel. He is truly
our second child.
He was a birthday present for my husband Bill on his 41st birthday.
I was seven
months pregnant and it goes without saying that being in that condition
at home with
this adorable puppy, HE IS SPOILED. I accept full responsibility
Since his first days on earth, he has been plagued by skin allergies.
Those first few
months we dipped that poor dog in everything known to man. The
allergies start in
early August and stop after the first frost. In later years,
we tried lots of cures but
kept coming back to steroids because they were the only things that
This year, he didn't seem to be as bad, so he was only on one half
a ten milligram pill
every other day. I had stopped the medication in late September,
but he continued
to drink lots of water. Finally in October, I called the vet
and took him in on a
Saturday morning. As soon as I told the vet what was going on,
his words were,
"He is diabetic." I just sat in the chair and felt like someone
punched me in the
stomach. I had so many questions! First and foremost the
vet assured me it was
not a death sentence. He gave him his first injection to showed
me how to do it
and sent up off with a prescription for needles and insulin.
Well, so far, it has been frustrating, but we are doing ok. Ripley
goes bird hunting
every weekend, so that has put a crimp into when we can give shots
We still don't have him regulated after six weeks, but we are close.
It has been a
learning experience for us everyday! He has been such a true
soldier at getting his
shots. We are up to 13 units twice a day. We have been
trying to control things using
urine strips, but as I have learned, it is not an exact science.
I am willing to suck it up
and go to blood glucose monitoring. This coming from a woman
who faints at the
sight of blood and needles, but what are you gonna do!
So please add my boy to your list of wonderful, diabetic pets!
Dianna and Ripley
Update September 13, 2005
Ripley is doing so well today because of the wonderful mix of this
our vet and my willingness to learn from both. I don't know what
I would have
done without it. I love reading about all the furbabies and what
they are up
to and looking at the pictures. I say prayers for them all and
cry when we
lose a precious angel. Like Dawn, I also learn something new
add it to my notebook of things to remember.
Thanx to all the members for everything they bring to the group!
There is no where I would rather be!