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Old 04-27-2009, 08:53 AM
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Our little buddy (shaggy 25# poodle mix) was diagnosed 3 months ago - so far so good, insulin shot twice a day seems to have it mostly under control. Vet and web research tell me it's unusual to have it at his age (5), usually occurs in older dogs. I'm also being told that unlike humans, the only likely complication is cataracts/blindness within the next 5 years.

Seems we have a bunch of dog lovers here - anyone have experience with canine diabetes?
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:08 AM
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My mother in law had one a Lhasa Apsa it was a lot older than 5 but she lived about 5 more years before a combination of old age and the diabetes forced them to put her down. Honestly I think after about 2 years they should have done it. The quality of life for the dog was gone but they just couldn't stand to do it.

The insulin shot's weren't that big a deal, we watched her when they traveled and I would give her shots it was simple. The biggest thing was to make sure the dose was what you were told to do exactly. My MIL would decide to up the dosage because she felt that she needed more this would mess the poor dog up and then back to the vet who would correct it back to the proper level.

The biggest thing I would say is that it makes traveling and asking someone to watch the dog more difficult since you have to find someone to give the shots. And as with any dog, be prepared to accept when the quality of the dogs life is gone and it's time to let it go.

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Old 04-27-2009, 03:49 PM
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My Daschund just turned 7 and has diabetes. Two long lasting shots of Insulin as day. Her eyesight is already going. She still has control issues. Thank god for tile floors. Sad really. My wife is a nurse and understands diabetes so we were able to get her dose dialed in fairly quick.
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I had a akita with it went blind and incontinent with in about 1 year same shoots but bigger dog small dogs will go longer but I dure the line with blindness not good for you or the dog good luck She was 10yrs when it happened.
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Not a dog, but our cat had it. My wife gave it shots every day for almost 4 years. The cat did fine until the last couple of weeks when he developed a neuropathy in his back legs and couldn't get up. He stopped eating and we knew it was time.
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Thanks all for your feedback amd good wishes!
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:21 AM
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It all depends on how regular and how much dedication you have to put into the pooch. Very important to get shots at the same time, meals and exersize in the same regimen. As the dog gets older it will become harder to control. Eyesight, control of functions and finally kidney failure are in the future.

This is something that is really hard to face up to. Best of luck.
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