Monday, February 17, 2014

Diabetes and Your Furry Friends

I have never really written about this much on my blog, but I wanted to put a warning out there to all of you with furry kids. As many of you who have read my blog for some time, and heck even someone who has just skimmed it, would know Barkley is my everything. He is my fuzzy child and best friend. 

Last August, shortly after we celebrated our nine year adoption anniversary of Bark we noticed some things going on. First off he was drinking a lot of water. Twice as much as usual. At first I wrote it off to the fact that we live in Houston and it is freaking hot in August! Then a few days later we came home and he had peed in the house, multiple times. This was very strange for a boy who NEVER went before we came home from work. He had went on his bed and multiple places on the floor. 

After searching Web MD, (yes you can terrify yourself on there about your pets, just as much as you can about yourself), I saw that the possible causes could be a urinary tract infection or diabetes. I never even knew before that day that diabetes could attack pets. My father has it so I have an understanding of what it can do to humans, but who knew about dogs!? 

After reading that, I began panicking that this was not a good sign so we rushed Barkley to the after hours vet ER. There they confirmed my fear that it was indeed diabetes. Needless to say we were devastated that this disease was going to cause pain to our boy. The vet at the pet ER was unfortunately not the most helpful or compassionate person I have ever met. After calling Barkley fat and after I restrained myself from wanting to knock her out (such a good thing that I do not have human kids! Bullies would all be laid out flat and I would be in jail!), we took him to his real vet for more testing the next day. 

His vet at Banfield was wonderful and explained to us that as long as we take care of him, give him two shots of insulin daily, take him to get his glucose tested regularly and feed him a special diet that he could still live a happy and healthy life. 

I wanted to write this as a warning to any of you out there that has a pet in your life that you are crazy about. If you start seeing them drinking more water and using the restroom more than usual or having accidents please take them into the vet immediately. They told us that because we knew Barkley's behavior so well and noticed something had changed quickly that we were able to help him before it got worse. It is so important to start treatment as soon as possible with diabetes so as not to suffer from further complications. 

Thanks for reading! 


Intense Guy said...

I'm glad Barkley is in good hands. I know others that have diabetic dogs - it is fairly common - and they have all lived long and happily.

He's such a cute little guy - I think I would have punched out the vet with the "unsolicited" comment concerning Barkley's weight too! Some people need to learn some tact!

Joy De Vivre Design said...

Thank you Intense! I really wanted to punch out the vet! If that would not have been the only place open late I would have been very tempted.