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Who am I?
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Monday, June 30, 2008

Hi everyone my name is Connie,  I have been married to Ian for 42 years and we live in Scotland. We have a Cairn Terrier called Buster and he was diagnosed with Diabetes when he was  8 years old.  Buster developed Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency when he  was 4 years old and we were warned then that he would probably go on to develop Diabetes so 4 years later when he started drinking a lot I knew what was wrong with him. I was terrified of having to inject Buster as I had a real fear of needles so I went searching on the Net for help and that's when I found the RB list. It's a terrific group with loads of help and although I don't post a lot on diabetespet I know if I am worried everyone will rally round and offer advice. I have made so many great friends through the list that my life has actually been made richer through Buster having Diabetes. Buster is a real character and a much loved dog and we are so thankful that he is part of our lives. 
Connie & Buster 

Diabetic Pet's Name: Buster
Breed: Cairn Terrier
Birth: 27/6/1994
When Diagnosed: March 2002
Age Diagnosed: 8 years old
Weight: 20 lbs
Kind of Insulin and Amount Per Injection: "Insuvet" ...12 units once a day
Food: Mostly home cooked but occassionally a tin of "Chappie" dog food which was recommended by our Vet because it's rich in wholegrain cereals and  fish.   
Do you hometest?(blood, urine and/or observation) I used to test Buster's urine but now I go by how much he drinks and the amount of times he needs out. He has a BG test once a month at the Vet's.
Other Health Problems? Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency which he has had for 10 years and sadly Buster now has cataracts and is deaf. 
Webpage of Pet:  http://www.caninediabetes.org/buster.html 
Your Location: Scotland 
How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life? Because Buster's life depends so much on our care it has made us a lot closer to him.  Apart from making sure he has his meals on time and that he gets his insulin every morning looking after Buster is not much different to caring for any dog.
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