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.
(Image credit: http://www.aplacetolovedogs.com/tag/dog-quotes/ on 8/19/14)