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Old 02-22-2015, 03:03 PM
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Hello,

My sweet 11 year old girl Sophie was recently diagnosed with cushings, then diabetes. Last weekend she went into diabetic ketaciodosis. She was in the hospital for 4 days. They said she could go home last Monday. They had me giving her 2 units of insulin. They also told me she will be a difficult case because she has cushings and we have to treat the diabetes first. I was committed to doing all of this. However this week has been rough. She did eat and her excessive drinking did not stop. She kept having accidents and it's just been very tough to watch her go through this. Today she's taken a turn and I think I may have to euthanize. It just doesn't seem like a good quality of life. I know it takes time to regulate but I fear the cushings is causing even more complications.

I love this forum, there is so much support here and I really need some right now. I am struggling with this decision.

Thank you! Sophie's mom.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:16 PM
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hi and welcome

well my jesse is one of those dogs that have come back from the brink . the only word i can come up with is brutal and it took some time to get things to a good quality of life

i did become very pro active at an early stage with her care and management . i knew the vets were not going to be able to answer all the questions . so that left me . no medical background and began our quest for getting jesse back

now she did want to stay and she expressed it in her own way . i think she new it was going to be tough but that did not stop her maybe she did it more for me

i began home testing blood sugar the first week and adding a fast acting insulin a couple weeks after that . the key was the home testing that gave me the insight on how to move forward and keep her safe

a cushings dog usually will need more insulin than one without . most dont treat cushings in a diabetic dog unless the symptoms of cushings is prevalent and blood sugar can not lowered from high levels with higher doses of insulin

2 units is not that much insulin but it depends on how much your dog weighs

you may see a completely different dog from now in a month or sooner but you may have to put quite a bit of effort into this

most dogs do recover and go back to living a normal dogs life with some limitations
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:28 PM
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Default Re: I am afraid the end is near - Sophie's story

That gives me hope, but how did you do this on your own? Sophie was in diabetic ketoacidosis last weekend and I fear she's going into it now. I called the pet emergency hospital that treated her last weekend. They told me to bring her back in 10 days for a glucose curve. Meanwhile it's only been a few days since we left the hospital. So now I am thinking she's giving me a sign she is ready. I would love to save her. I really would. I cannot afford another hospital stay like last time though. What is making the situation worse is it is Sunday and only the er vet is open.
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:01 PM
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first thing you want to do is get a meter it can be a discount human meter thats what i have used for jesse not perfect but gets the job done

they sell urine strips at the pharmacy so you can test for ketones

how much does your dog weigh ?
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:06 PM
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Last week she was down to 7lbs. She is a chihuahua. All she is doing is laying down. She has even stopped drinking so I may have to take her to the er vet. Her next insulin dose is in an hour and she hasn't eaten. She's not interested in food.
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:30 PM
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Yes, if she isn't drinking I think she will need to go to the emergency vet. I'm sorry. It's a really tough situation to be in. It's reasonable to ask the vet what the chances are that she will recover and have a good quality of life.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:34 PM
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usually you can give a quarter of the normal dose without any food consumed

so that would be about a half unit
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:38 PM
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Hi Cara, thank you for your reply as well. I feel like I have been given conflicting information from the vets at the er. There were 3 treating her during her stay. I really wish they told me to come back within a week rather than 10 days. Because she was still pretty weak.

She did just get up and she drank some water and I even got her to eat a little. So I was able to give her some insulin. Cannot wait to take her to the vet tomorrow.

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Old 02-22-2015, 05:39 PM
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Thank you Jessies Girl! I am going to take her in to the vet first thing tomorrow am.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:44 PM
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Hi Cara, thank you for your reply as well. I feel like I have been given conflicting information from the vets at the er. There were 3 treating her during her stay. I really wish they told me to come back within a week rather than 5 days. Because she was still pretty weak.

She did just get up and she drank some water and I even got her to eat a little. So I was able to give her some insulin. Cannot wait to take her to the vet tomorrow.
So glad to hear she drank some water and ate a little. Hopefully she is on the way back up!
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