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Old 02-22-2015, 05:51 PM
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My Jenny had both diseases but luckily never had ketaacidosis (however you spell it)

If you can get her through this, you can treat both diseases at once. I will for sure be following your girls story and hope this is not the end.

big big hugs to you. I remember feeling exhausted and worried and terrified.

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Old 02-22-2015, 06:10 PM
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I feel so supported. I remember last weekend and how excited I was that she seemed on the mend. Also I just felt so encouraged when she woke, and drank and ate a little. It is something and I will take it.

Judi, so your pup lived with both diseases? How old was your pup when diagnosed?
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:20 PM
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Marie: my girl was 11 when she was diagnosed with both. My vet and everyone on both forums told me to see a specialist but since the nearest specialist was 3 1/2 hours away I went with a vet who told me he had lots of experience with both. He did tell me that he could almost guarantee I'd get more than the 2 years I'd kept reading about on the internet.

We did accidentally kill off her cortisol production with Lysodren at which time we went to the specialist. But even during that time we had periods where she felt great and was my happy peppy squirrel hunting poodle.

We had to let her go last November at age 14 1/2. It wasn't diabetes or cushings. It was old age and something going on inside her that I didn't test for. the vet was right though. We got way more than the 2 years I'd read about and she was a happy girl for almost all of it.

So fight through this if she can.

In hindsight, I'd go to a specialist as soon as possible if I were you. Neither diagnosis is a death sentence. You just have to work a little harder with both diseases. Eventually I quit obsessing over striving for great #'s or whatever and just focused on Jenny. If she was happy, I was happy.

I honestly believe that the people on this forum and the cushings forum helped keep my jenny alive. My vets were helpful too but for the last year and a half my vet just let me deal with the diabetes on my own unless I had questions.

We are sending all positive thought to your Sophie.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:15 PM
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Thank you Judi. I will take her to my vet tomorrow. I was afraid because she went into DKA last weekend. Right now she is just sleeping comfortably. She just drank a lot more water. That makes me so happy.

I will do my best to fight through this with her.

Thanks to all.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:18 AM
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Hi all. Unfortunately I had to euthanize my little girl. The vet said she was very sick.

I do feel a sense of relief because she is no longer suffering and at peace.

Thank you for your support.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:55 AM
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I am so sorry. I'm glad she is no longer hurting.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:41 AM
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I am so sorry to hear about your baby. And I understand feeling some relief. I felt the same way about Sparky - horribly sad, but relieved that he wasn't suffering any more. I'm sure that Sparky met her at the Bridge, showed her around, and pulled out some of his very best treats to share with her.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:31 PM
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Thank you all so much. I miss her dearly. She had no quality of life and the vet felt that anything I tried to do was just a bandaid. I'm grateful for his honesty.

It comforts me to think other puppies who were so loved were there to greet her. I so hope she is healthy and running around, doing what she does best.....being the alpha! My sweet, sweet girl.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:27 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss; I know that my diabetic mom shows all of the newbies where the good stuff is
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:58 PM
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Thank you all so much. I miss her dearly. She had no quality of life and the vet felt that anything I tried to do was just a bandaid. I'm grateful for his honesty.

It comforts me to think other puppies who were so loved were there to greet her. I so hope she is healthy and running around, doing what she does best.....being the alpha! My sweet, sweet girl.
I'm sure she is. That's what the Rainbow Bridge is all about :-)
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