Wilson is a 100lb Rottweiler who thinks he's a lap dog! He has
sweetest, gentlest nature and is a real 'mummy's boy'.
I adopted him when he was six months old from a breeder who was going
show him but changed her mind. He fitted in straight away,
being a little destructive (he chewed 2 beds, a telephone, 2 pairs
the staircase, several letters and cheques, the skirting board etc.)
very well behaved from the start.
Almost as soon as he came to live with us he developed diarrhoea.
several months of tests, special diets, tablets and a refferal to a
specialist at Bristol University, we eventually found out that it was
inflammatory bowel disease caused by a food allergy. After 2
antibiotics he finally improved and started putting weight on again.
All was going well until June 2000. He had started doing VERY
long wees, I
hadn't noticed him drinking more becuase we had adopted another Rotty
previous month and that seemed to account for the extra water they
drinking. I had thought that he was losing weight but wasn't
sure if I was
just worrying too much (I'm a Vet Nurse and we always over react!)
my sister visited she commented on how thin he looked.
I took him into work and weighed him - he had lost 9lbs. They
routine blood test which showed a high glucose level. Both the Vet
thought it must be a mistake at first, he couldn't be diabetic!
all he went through over the last few months. Just to make sure
the blood test and also checked his urine for glucose. They both
it, he was diabetic.
We couldn't believe it. I was due to go on holiday 2 days later (with
dogs thankfully), so because I had a pretty good idea of what I was
they let me try to stabilise him myself rather than admitting him and
out on the holiday. Luckily the cottage we were going to in the
was owned by a Vet so she was on hand just in case there were any problems.
Everything went smoothly but his glucose was still too high when we
2 weeks later. A glucose curve showed that the urine tests weren't
an accurate picture of what was really going on so I invested in a
blood testing kit. Gradually he stabilised and started to put
some weight on.
Then in October he became very ill again. The diarrhoea had come
had fluid in his tummy and he had dropped to 88lbs (from 110).
see every bone in his body and he was miserable. After more tests
another referral - this time to Cambridge Uni - he was found to have
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and a flare up of his inflammatory
With the specialists help we stabilised his diabetes (he is on Insuvet
Lente), controlled his EPI (with Panzym - fantastic stuff) and thankfully
his IBD settled down without the need for aggressive drugs (usually
or chemotherapy drugs). He has put some weight back on and is well
way back to the weight he was before diabetes.
He has gradually bounced back and is very lively now. We found out in
2001 that he had developed cataracts (as well as having hereditry ones)
thankfully they are not bad enough to need sugery yet.
Wilson still has a VERY happy life. There are ups and downs, but
his walkies, his food and all the extra cuddles he gets. The
difference it has made to my life is that I have to get up at 8am each
morning to feed him - even on my days off!!! But honestly, it
like a lot to cope with at first but it soon becomes second nature,
especially with the help and support of everyone at the email list.
God bless them all.
Update - April 29, 2005
Wilson is doing really well (I hate saying that cause it usually
to come up with something!) he is very happy and perhaps getting a
bit fat -
oops! I am rushed off my feet with 2 kids, 2 dogs, a husband
who works away a
lot and a part-time job which is why I can only lurk these days.
Annette & Wilson
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007
Wilson and Chester
|Wilson has been diabetic for over 7 years now and is still a happy
boy, enjoying life. He has lost an eye due to glaucoma and is on
medication for high blood pressure and arthritis but for a 9 year old rotty
who has had so many health problems he is quite fit really! He has
slow days when his legs are wobbly and he trips over a lot, but then he
also has great days when he bounces around the garden like a puppy.
We sadly lost his long time pal, Barney (the cross breed in the photo),
to lung cancer 2 years ago and Buffy, the other rescue rotty on the other
side of Wilson in the picture had to be rehomed to my sister in law as
Buffy found living with other dogs very stressful. We now have a
gorgeous (but VERY lively) rotty, Chester, who is nearly 2 and certainly
keeps Wilson on his toes!!