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Old 08-14-2012, 08:54 PM
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Hi everyone

My dog Ruby, was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I am sitting here crying because Its getting harder and harder to get the insulin in her. I see other dogs stand nicely and get their shots, Ruby doesn't want any part of it. Now she is trying to bite me. I am getting frustrated and depressed. Ive tried the no big deal approach, the treats and praise, she flinches and yelps and runs away...

Shes a 6 year old, 12 pound red headed minpin on 4u Caninsulin twice a day.

Does this get any easier? Does anyone else have a dog that resists?

I feel like I am torturing her.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:05 PM
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hi and welcome yes there are many min pin come to the forum it does seem to be a bread prone to diabetes and they seem to be very spirited and dont like to be messed with but all seem to figure a way to give shots and things settle down maybe not perfect but insulin gets injected if you figure it out it may occupy a minute of time in the day to complete the task but it can be a tough minute

the shots have to be given no choice so acceptance for ruby is the same no choice it is possible a muzzle may have to be used at least temporarily till she accepts the new reality

i give jesse her shot while she is eating she pauses for a second give the shot and returns to eating its never bothered her

things will settle down you may not have a perfect pup but things will get better and you will have success
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:54 PM
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Welcome to you and Ruby!

I can definitely understand what you are going through. My min pin Roxy would never just "stand there nicely" and let us give her her insulin shot, lol. For Roxy I bought a small muzzle. At first I felt bad about having to muzzle her but as time went on she became more accepting of it. In fact she would actually put her nose in it for me as soon as I put it near her face. It did take 2 people to give her insulin shots. One person would sit down with her (her sitting in her bed, and other person on the floor) while I gave the injection. After her shot I would reward her with either a healthy small snack (green beans, etc.) or get her favorite toy to play with. Without using a muzzle, it made insulin shots more of a "fight" which in the long run just caused more stress not only for me, but for her as well. The last thing I wanted to do was stress her out. I hope this helps give you some ideas for giving Ruby her insulin

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:56 PM
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Jesse Girl - LOL at "Spirited"
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:46 AM
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Try not to be discouraged, I have found that it does get easier , 4 months in now, and my pippa does not like her injections, but does tolerate them better and now about 50% of the time doesnt even notice them. Maybe thats because Ive got quicker and more used to it myself. I have a routine, like alot of people on the forum, and stick to it! She has to have the injection so in a way its a no win situation for her, I am always going to win.

Straight after her meal I lift her onto a towel on the counter and ask her to sit. She sits and I show her two tiny treats, i then tent up a bit of skin around her flank and its straight in, lots or praise and then her two treats. She used to wimper and wiggle and turn to snap at me, but now she barely notices.

Try not to feel that you are hurting her, you are doing this because you love her and know best what will keep her alive and healthy.

It will get easier. Promise.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:52 AM
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Poppy gets her shot while eating. Currently, she doesn't even notice it. Good luck.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:26 AM
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once you have the insulin in the syringe are you warming it up? either between your fingers or I put it in my mouth like a pencil?

the syringe itself has a beveled side. bevel up seems to hurt less

once you get the syringe in, I would shoot quickly, less chance to wiggle and hurt themselves.

My Jenny didn't even notice the shot for months and now she hates it. she will be annoyed about half of the time.

Like Jennie, we caved and got a muzzle for my husband to use when he gives the shot. She doesn't care for it but it is on less than 30 seconds.

I give her a small piece of chicken jerky only after shots. she loves chicken jerky and comes to me after she eats for the shot even though she hates it.

Min pins are notorious for being headstrong. It will get better. hugs.
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I am sitting here crying because Its getting harder and harder to get the insulin in her. I see other dogs stand nicely and get their shots, Ruby doesn't want any part of it. Now she is trying to bite me. I am getting frustrated and depressed. Ive tried the no big deal approach, the treats and praise, she flinches and yelps and runs away...

Does this get any easier? Does anyone else have a dog that resists?

I feel like I am torturing her.
It gets much easier. Everyone has to find the right approach to giving their patient an insulin injection. When all is said and done, you'll find the best approach is to divert your pup's attention from you while giving the shot.

In my case, Otis gets his injection right after he finishes eating. It's become a routine and usually goes smoothly.
  • I prepare a small plate with a "sampler" of his favorite treats.
  • Armed with a loaded syringe, I kneel down beside him and place the plate in front of him.
  • As he's "snorting" his treats I give him his shot very quickly.
He may look at me briefly, but he's so engrossed with his treats he just goes back to eating.

These days, the only time I have a problem is when he hasn't eaten and I try to give him his reduced dose. That's a problem because he isn't interested in food and is focused entirely on me and looks at the injection as "violating his space". I happen to be having that problem this morning because he didn't want to eat. Happily, that is the exception rather than the rule these days, but it does happen.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:04 AM
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Good morning! We have a min pin as well and she definitely is "spirited". Cooper was diagnosed in March and after 4 months she is taking her shots without a problem. I hold her and either my husband or daughter gives the shot. We always give her a treat afterward. At first she cried and yelped but it does get easier. Now we are working on just one to give the shot as well as home testing. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:31 AM
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Make sure you have the smallest needles yOu can get. Warm the insulin in the syringe with the cap on by holding it between your lips or under your arm. Don't be afraid of using a muzzle and try to be relaxed and positive. You can do it!!!
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