|Monday, September 8, 2008
Sweet Pea came to me 2 months ago as a rescue. The rescue
rep who took her in is a friend of mine, and contacted me the day she was
surrendered. Knowing I had a huge soft spot for the seniors.
That next weekend I was on a flight to Vegas (from Wisconsin) to pick her
My friend was told Sweet Pea was diagnosed about four months before.
Within those four months, Pea had lost a lot of weight and had also lost
most of her vision to cataracts. She was in bad shape, and I was
terrified. I knew nothing about caring for a pet with diabetes!
I'm the determined type, though. And straight away started my search
for anything I could find. I'm a member of other Yahoo groups, and
figured there'd have to be one for diabetic pets. That's how I found
I sure am glad I did. Pea was started on 2IU Vetsulin BID, so
that's what we continued with. After a month of not seeing much in
results, I found a vet who was willing to switch her to NPH insulin.
She's now on 1IU Novolin N BID. Since the switch, Pea's been doing
so well. Her BG levels aren't bouncing around with no rhyme or reason
like they were before. She's slowly putting on weight. She's
much more alert and active. She's also that much more sassy and demanding.
She certainly has no problems letting me know when I'm not preparing her
food fast enough...
I hope Sweet Pea has many more years with me. At 8yrs, while
considered a senior, she's still fairly young for an IG. Many living
into their mid to upper teens. I'm slowly getting used to having
to wake up at 7am on weekends. (And believe me, being 25, it REALLY
sucks!) But seeing her wagging tail and hangy tongue makes it all
"The Italian Greyhound's devotion...It's something you just can't get
from any other creature."
-Carol Harris, Dog Fancy Magazine (May 2006)
What is your name and your pet's name? Stacey and Sweet Pea
How old is your furbaby and what kind? 9 year old Italian
When your pet was diagnosed ? Unknown, she's a rescue
What is your pet's weight? 7.7lbs, severely underweight
Name of the insulin being used? Vetsulin
What is the insulin dosage now? 2units. 2x/day
What time(s) of day do you give the insulin? 7:30am, 6:30pm
Do you home-cook or use a commercial pet food? Commercial
Do you urine test? Yes
Do you blood test? No
Does your pet have any other health issues (medication for anything
We have members all over the world - where are you from?
Finally, could you tell us how you found us? I'm a member
of a few raw feeding Yahoo groups. Recently rescued Pea, and figured
there would be a diabetic pet group as well. I was right! ;)
If you would like to participate in the Who am I? emails then contact
one of the moderators listed at the bottom of this email
write an introduction, send a picture of your pet
The moderator will send you the blank questions to fill in and then
the moderator will post your email for you....One will be going out every
Monday Morning or every other Monday Morning depending on participation.
Michael will take the email and turn it into a pdf file and upload
it to the website and I will turn it into an html file for the following
Michael Jay Smith
Jane, Lee and Margo have a lot on their plates right now so the above
moderators are available to do the Who am I Email?