Thread: Natalie's Chris
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:57 PM
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  • Name - Chris
  • Age - will be 14 at the end of March 2008
  • Breed - not certain, most likely Australian shepherd/terrier mix, DNA test pending may give us some answers
  • Weight -62-65 pounds
  • Date diagnosed with diabetes - September 2003
  • Type of insulin and how often given - Regular four times a day every six hours
  • Diet - Canidae canned chicken, lamb, and fish mixed with an equal portion of ground chicken or beef, 1 small milkbone after injection
  • Method of monitoring - regular home blood glucose testing, usually at least 3 times per day
  • Other medical issues - many... Heart: dilated cardiomyopathy, mitral valve disease, atrial fibrillation, premature ventricular contractions. Chronic lung disease (noninfectious inflammation). Also arthritis, blindness caused by diabetes induced cataracts, and some allergies.

August 2008

Chris' story ended at 2:30pm Friday August 1, 2008.

He lived with diabetes for just a month short of five of his almost 14 and a half years and was blind for the last four years.

If all he ever had to deal with was diabetes, he would still be here. His blood sugar was well controlled right up to his last day. What he couldn't overcome was a severely damaged heart and then cancer.

Never ever let anyone tell you that a diabetic dog cannot live a long healthy happy life. Diabetes, even as difficult as Chris' was to manage at first, was a challenge, yes, but not an insurmountable one even with all of Chris' quirks.

Last edited by k9diabetes; 08-03-2008 at 05:55 PM. Reason: The end of the story
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