Sugar–Too Much “Sugar”

2014-08-09 18.06.08

Those of you that follow my journey know that I have two Pomeranians, Sugar and Spice.  Today, we found out that Sugar has diabetes.  She will need to stay at the Vet’s Office for a couple days to get her “sugar” regulated.  Then, it is home to her sister, Spice; and Mom and Dad, who must give her two shots of insulin a day.  I had no idea that dog insulin and people insulin were the same thing. You do learn something new everyday.

Her symptoms appeared suddenly within the last two weeks.  Frequent drinking and urination were my first clues.  You know it is bad when you have to get up at 2:00 a.m. to let your dog out to pee.  In addition, Sugar had lost 2 pounds in the last year.  When you only weigh 16 pounds to begin with that kind of loss can be quite scary.  She now weighs a total of 14 pounds.

At first, it was thought that she might have the dreaded Cushing’s Disease, which is terrible for a dog.  Once that was ruled out, I felt more at ease that we could help her handle her health issue.  Surprisingly, our Vet said that she is healthy and her Ketone levels are where they should be.  It was the sugar in her blood and urine that was horrendous.  Normal for a small dog is around 160 to 200.  Her sugar topped out at a whopping 460 this morning!

I found a great website at http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/diabetes-dogs-symptoms-treatments-dietary-management to help explain what the Vet will tell us on Thursday when we pick Sugar up from the Vet.  At least I feel I can educate myself about the disease and ask some intelligent questions.

Our two girls, the two sisters, featured on my post at http://silverthreading.com/2014/08/09/the-two-sisters/ are like our children in a much hairier form.  They are family and we take care of family.

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21 thoughts on “Sugar–Too Much “Sugar””

  1. Sending out hugs and positive healing thoughts to Sugar. Bless her heart.
    Thank goodness you caught it before it could do any damage.
    We had a dog that had cushings disease. It was absolutely heartbreaking.
    Give Sugar and Spice a hug from me and Shelibean.

    1. E.C. thanks for all the positive energy. Yes we were lucky to have caught it so early. I am glad about that. Tomorrow we have lessons giving insulin shots 🙂 Hugs to you and Shelibean from us also. <3

  2. I cat-sat for a diabetic cat for a couple of weeks, and it’s true, it gets to be very routine. Her mom had it worked out that you prepared the injection, then put the morning food out and while she ate, she just accepted the injection. I never thought I’d be able to do it, but it turned out to be a piece of cake, so to speak.

    Your dogs are beautiful! 🙂

      1. You’re welcome. I thought it might be important, as I’m someone who typically only uses needles for sewing, and an generally not a happy camper around medical needles. But this wasn’t bad at all, and the needle is quite small. In the cat’s case, we just gave it in the scruff of her neck.

  3. Awww. So sorry to hear this. Sounds as though it will be manageable for you and she is in good hands. I understand this is fairly common but it is still sad to hear about it. I love how you named your dogs Sugar and Spice. So sweet.

  4. Oh no, poor Sugar 🙁
    I’m so sorry to hear that this little sweetheart has diabetes. To those of us who have pets, we know how they become an integral part of the family, and seeing any member of the family ill is always terrifying.
    I hope the vets manage to regulate her sugar levels to a normal state very soon, and keep them that way too.

    I’ve had a few dogs, mostly Japanese Akitas and an Alaskan Malamute, but my family cared for a Dogue De Bordeaux for a while who unfortunately had a life threatening illness that took him.
    (Sorry, not meaning to upset you more). However, when I look at his big happy face in the photos, I see that he actually happily ‘lived’ as opposed to just surviving 🙂

    Dogs can be a lot stronger at fighting illness than people, and so I’m sure Sugar will be up and back to normal in no time at all! 🙂

    Lots of hugs and cuddles for her!

  5. So sorry about Sugar. One of our cats is diabetic and requires insulin injections twice a day. Once you get into a routine, it’s not too bad. When we first discovered it, we also learned he was insulin resistant so we had to go to the “people” insulin, Lantus. It has more than doubled in price ($239.00US last month) in the past two years. I’m thinking of doing a post on the company. I read where their patent on this insulin expires in 2015 and then generics can enter the market. I think it’s nothing but price gouging especially since there are no breaks when the insulin is for pets. Sorry, didn’t mean to rant!

      1. It’s always worrisome when pets are ill because they are family members. We have 2 recused female Chihuahuas as well as the Pom. One has a heart condition.

        For sure Mr. T is beautiful. We refer to our Pom as “The Chick Magnet.” There isn’t a girl or woman alive that doesn’t want to stop stroke his silky coat and he loves it! 🙂 He loves life. He’s our first Pom and he won’t be the last.

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