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08-17-2009, 11:38 AM
They say things happen for a reason, Abby came into my life in July, 2002 at the age of 5. Abby, a poodle cross, was going to be given to the humane society, until a close friend told me the situation and she officially became the third furbaby in our home. Abby weighs approx. 11.5 lbs and is fed ¼ cup chicken breast, ¼ cup raw, ½ cup broccoli and 1 tablespoon rice or oatmeal twice a day.

In February, 2005, after ‘p-ing’ accidents, she was diagnosed with diabetes. To say I was terrified was an understatement…how could I give her injections; I couldn’t stand the sight of needles myself; how would I know if she was low or high, or even if the insulin was working? I knew absolutely nothing.

Originally, the vet put Abby on Caninsulin, which didn’t seem to agree with her (dropping too fast and overlapping). We were then told Abby could not be regulated, so off to the specialist we went. I will not go into the nasty details, other than to tell you that some vets do not appreciate your input and suggestions. Abby was switched to Humulin N (3 units, twice a day). I also do curves at home (my meter tested against blood drawn for the lab).

Over the years, Abby’s bloodwork would show high #’s for bile acids, but her ALP, ALT, etc. would all be normal. The vet could not offer any explanations. This year, her bile acids were still high, but now her ALP, ALT skyrocketed. An abdominal and cardiac ultrasound were done in April/09, which revealed one side of her heart is enlarged along with mitral insufficiency; mildly distended gallbladder and her adrenals are now enlarged (once again, difficult to get a possible reason on why).

Abby is now in her 4th year of being diabetic. For this I owe many many thanks to the expert advise and recommendations of Natalie, Denise, Terry, Jody and We Hope. Without everyone’s help I would never have been able to muster up the courage to be persistent with the vets. :)

For those that may think treating diabetes is impossible, it really does become part of your normal routine and the unconditional love you are given is beyond words.

Irene, Abby and Amber

08-17-2009, 04:28 PM
Irene, Abby, and Amber!! What a lovely surprise to see your story when I came here today. We have been having a few challenges of our own, I'm afraid - will have to fill you in.

I'm thrilled to see Abby's story here!!

By the way, you will see a familiar picture in our gallery! ;)