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AndyBees 01-13-2015 03:51 PM

Scruff the Schnauzer, Rest in Peace 10/31/15
Hello everyone! Newbie here but a life time dog owner!

I discovered this forum last evening while searching for information about diabetes in dogs.

Our male miniature Schnauzer, Scruff, was diagnosed with diabetes today..... come as a shock to us. He turned 9 last September.

The "in our face" signs that something was wrong commenced last Friday and over the weekend........... lots of drinking water and urination!

So, at the Vet this morning, his "sugar" reading, after a 15 hour fasting, was 318. We will be going back Friday morning for another test and I'm sure the commencement of a plan of action.

Other than the recent symptoms we cannot remember anything prior. His diet has been dry bag food with occasionally a few selected table scraps such as white chicken meat.

Down through the years, he's been on many 4 to 8 mile Sunday afternoon trail hikes with us in the back country on both private forest land and the Daniel Boone National Forest. Although he's a house dog, we live in a remote rural area which allows him plenty of open space with lots of opportunity for exercise.

So, I suppose he is one of the unlucky Schnauzers to develop the disease.

Well, I guess hopes and wishes is what we need now!:)

clydesmum 01-13-2015 04:24 PM

Re: Introducing......
Hi Andybees, and welcome. I can remember the shock, mixed with relief at getting a diagnosis, when our 13 year old Yorkie, Clyde was diagnosed in December 2013. I have only recently found this wonderful forum, and have found it an invaluable source of advice. I wish I'd known about it when Clyde was firt diagnosed.

I hope Scruffy is soon stable and resumes his normal doggy lifestyle.

CraigM 01-13-2015 05:22 PM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
Welcome! Has Scruff been started on insulin yet? If he has, what dosage, what brand of insulin and what is his weight?


amydunn19 01-13-2015 06:08 PM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
Welcome to you and Scruff - diabetes just develops in certain dogs. Schnauzers are very prone unfortunately but their prediabetes lifestyle - food and exercise - has very little to do with the development. Some dogs have a trauma to their pancreas and many developed it from steroid use and some breeds just are prone to it. I feel it is nothing you did or didn't do. Just luck of the draw.

I will be looking forward to learning more about Scruff.

Charlie's mom 01-13-2015 07:59 PM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
Welcome to you and Scruff (love the name!)

You've found a great forum of supportive people. There are lots of videos on how tos and lots of reading !


AndyBees 01-13-2015 09:40 PM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and setting up a Thread for us. Scruff and I fell asleep watching TV. It has been a long and stressful day for us.

Without trying to quote and answer each question you've posed, I'll give a little more detail about Scruff and myself.

My wife and I acquired Scruff when he was less than 3 years old from our son and daughter-in-law. When the grandbabies began to arrive, they didn't want to keep him any longer. Scruff adapted well as I retired a month after the second grand child was born, March '08. He's been my side-kick to this day, going where ever I go! He likes to ride in my old vintage VW Van...... the middle seat is his:D

Anyway, no insulin therapy has been started. Scruff has one more Vet appointment to confirm that he in fact has elevated sugar. At that point we will start the therapy. The Vet is familiar with such needs as he has guided a number of his patients to a long life based on what we've learned just in the past few days discussing the issue with friends and relatives.

Since Scruff finished a 15 hour fast this morning, I started him on a modified diet and better feeding habits. He's having a hard time adjusting.... especially not receiving a treat when he comes back from an outside potty break. He knows how to "nose" the door open and always comes back in the house with a hard shake......... sort of to let us know he's back I suppose. I'm thinking maybe some boiled chicken chunks would work for a treat opposed to the usual dry dog bone that he's been use to getting.

Well, I'll not go on boring you with our story.

Once again, thanks so much. I feel certain that the support and information I'll glean from the various Threads in this forum is going to be most helpful.

CraigM 01-13-2015 10:05 PM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
Many of our pups enjoy frozen vegetables as treats! My Annie "flips" over a frozen green bean, straight from the freezer, as a post blood test treat.


chucksmom 01-14-2015 12:02 AM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
Welcome to you and Scruff!
You have found a wonderful place for information and support!
There is nothing boring about your Scruffs story, I love reading about all the sugar babies on the forum :)
I give my Chuck a piece of freeze dried chicken or a small piece of low fat string cheese.
I hope to hear more about Scruff's adventures and hopefully he will be regulated easily and soon!

AndyBees 01-14-2015 10:06 AM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
I am so amazed at how quick diabetes has shown it's ugly face with Scruff. One week ago, there were no obvious signs that he was not well. Today, (and yesterday), he just wants to sleep. Although he's been out and about this morning and had a meal based on his new diet, he's now crashed on his favorite sleeper.

Hopefully, the follow-up visit to the Vet will get him going and back to his old self.

Yes, I hope his insulin needs will be easily regulated. He still has a good appetite and has not lost any weight.

CraigM 01-14-2015 10:58 AM

Re: Scruff the Schnauzer
In the mean time you could give home blood testing a try? Many on the forum like the One Touch Ultra meter http://www.amazon.com/One-Touch-Ultr...ne+touch+ultra The other popular choice is the AlphaTrak-2, which is designed for use on dogs http://www.alphatrakmeter.com/index.html

Even if you don't select the AlphaTrak, their website has great info and videos.


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