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Old 03-03-2012, 05:49 AM
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Hello and I'm happy to have stumbled upon this forum!

We have a 9 year old cairn terrier, Shadow and gonna give a parent brag he is the best behaved, loving and wonderful dog we have owned. He is our second cairn and as much as we loved the first, this little guy takes the cake for being a great pet! We adopted him from a family when he was 3 and he has never given us a day of trouble. Our kids are grown with their own lives, so Shadow is our 3rd son still living at home While we/he knows he is a dog, he is still a tad spoiled

2 days ago, after watching symptoms rather worsening, we took him to vet and he was diagnosed with diabetes. This is new to us as we have never had to treat a dog with real health issues before. The vet assured us it was nothing we have done wrong, it just happens just like we as humans get diseases.

I was overwhelmed with it all, but after he spent a night at the vets for monitering, getting back up to speed and starting his insulin, he came home last night and seems to have a bit of his spunk back.

Now we and he will learn to live with this, as the vet assured us his quality of life will be fine. He goes back in 2 wks for the day to test blood etc and get him where he needs to be. The expense has been somewhat of a worry, but we will figure that out as we have too. He is worth every dollar spent to keep him healthy.

Don't want to go overboard on a first post but will read this forum for tips and support on living with a diabetic dog. Who knew this would happen to our little fella, but we are doing the best we can to accept and move forward.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:43 AM
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Welcome, Glad you found us here. This site has helped me so much as it can be a little overwhelming at first but after awhile it gets better at least I have learned how to deal with it better. Hang in there.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:55 AM
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Hello Diane and thanks for the warm welcome!
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:19 AM
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Welcome, you have "stumbled" to the perfect place to help you get organized and understand this disease. It will be very helpful to give all of us as much information as you can about your pup. Age, Weight, type of food, frequency of eating, treats, exercise schedule, type of insulin and amount, do you plan to home test (we all recommend it).

You will get tons of support from everyone here, these folks are truly angels and I could not have coped if not for K-9diabetes! It's been 5 months for us since diagnosis and what was truly overwhelming in the beginning is now simply a part of our life.

Again, glad your here.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:25 AM
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Good morning Jim and thanks for the welcome! I appreciate your remarks.

I posted info on the thread about our dog, but just to say again

Shadow/Cairn Terrier/9 yrs old/18 lbs/insulin 2x per day 6 units/Hills Science Prescription W/D wet and dry

We are still in the experimental stage with the vet...he goes back in 2 wks for reevaluation
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:37 AM
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what type of insulin is he on? if it's humulin-n you can get it at walmart for $24. a bottle and the syringes for around $13. for a 100.

are you considering home testing his blood glucose (bg) at home. that's the all day test the vet will be doing next week. it's called a curve and tests the bg every 2 hours beginnng at a.m. fasting and monitor every 2 hours after to determine the highest and lowest point during the day to base dosing on. you can do these curves at home and report them to your vet to save money.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:47 AM
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what type of insulin is he on? if it's humulin-n you can get it at walmart for $24. a bottle and the syringes for around $13. for a 100.

are you considering home testing his blood glucose (bg) at home. that's the all day test the vet will be doing next week. it's called a curve and tests the bg every 2 hours beginnng at a.m. fasting and monitor every 2 hours after to determine the highest and lowest point during the day to base dosing on. you can do these curves at home and report them to your vet to save money.
Thank you, you saved me a call to Wal Mart for pricing I figured we could get it there cheaper then the vet. Being new, I'm going to let the vet do the curve and testing til he is where he needs to be...perhaps doing it ourselves will be our next step.

Quick question...the syringes we got from the vet are the VetRx ones...what you purchase from Wal Mart, are they a more generic/human type?

I appreciate your kind post!
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:51 AM
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i agree with the vet doing the first curves. i didn't start testing until 9 months in. if i knew how easy and important it was, i definetly would have started sooner.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:13 AM
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we have been using the wall mart brand from the beginning as far as syringes

the reliOn 3/10 (holds 30 units max and has half unit markings ) 30 gauge length 5/16 short needle which works very well on a small to medium dog
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I see you are currently using VetRx brand syringes. Please confirm which VetRx syringes (U-100 or U-40) you are using. And confirm what insulin you are using.
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