|Monday, September 22, 2008
Diabetic Pet's Name:
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
When Diagnosed: April
2005 (we adopted him in May 2005 when his owner felt that she
could not adequately deal with his diabetes)
Age Diagnosed: 6.5 years old
Weight: 19 lbs.
Kind of Insulin and Amount Per Injection: NPH
insulin, approx. 9 units per injection
Kind of Food Fed and Amount: Solid Gold Holistique
Blendz dry food (1 cup AM and PM); occasionally a tbsp. of canned (all
organic meat such as chicken or turkey, no grains)
Do you hometest?(blood, urine and/or observation)
I spot-test his blood sugar with a meter (for humans). I test on
his dry upper lips -- at least once a day, but sometimes more.
Other Health Problems? He has cataracts in
both eyes, the left eye is more clouded than the right eye. Neither
the cataracts or diabetes slow this boy down, though! He is going
going going all the time and even though he's now approaching 10 years
of age, he's the only one that can keep up with our adopted 3.5 year old
((((One of the pictures I attached is of the two dogs -- Sam &
Dotty -- thoroughly exhausted from playing with each other ... they
were both so tired that they didn't care if they fell asleep on top of
Webpage of Pet: http://www.dogster.com/dogs/174826
Your Location: Port Orchard, WA
How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life?
While I have taken care of dogs with heart failure, Cushing's disease and
Copper Toxicosis before, Sam is my first dog with diabetes. I didn't
have the experience of knowing him prior to his diagnosis -- I took him
into our family just one month after he was diagnosed. It made me
even more of an advocate for special-needs or older pets and to let people
know that they ALL deserve chances in life. He has such a spunky,
funny personality and there is so much life left in him, that I can barely
stand the thought that he could have been euthanized if a home wasn't found
for him. Though I don't necessarily enjoy waking up early on my days
off or the weekends, I know that I can go back to sleep after I take care
of Sam! His life and health rely on my care, and I will never him
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