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Old 02-26-2009, 11:00 AM
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Smile Margaret and James' Wee Lucy - July 4, 2001 - May 6, 2011

Hi everyone I have just joined joined and I am a bit confused by all the threads and posts but here goes.

Dogs Name - Lucy
Breed - Miniature Schnauzer
Age - 7 1/2 years BORN (4thJuly 2001)
Weight - 221bs (10.6Kgs)
Diagnosed - December 2007
Insulin - Caninsulin 15Iu bid
Diet - Bakers Complete, Tinned Chappie. Vegetables Lean Chicken
Monitoring - Keto-Diastix Urine testing.
Medication - Optimmune (dry eyes) Cataracts both eyes. Almost blind.
Medical - Repeated UTI's

A summary of Lucy's diabetes.
It all started in the year of 2007 all during the summer Lucy kept taking
repeated infections and all she kept getting was Prednisolone injections
( If I knew then what I know now she would never would have had as many)
she must have had about 12 in a space of 5 months. This was not given by my own vet as we had a static caravan so it was various vets, as we were away a lot in the summer. At the end of September she was just a poor wee soul not one of the vets had done any blood tests and having steroids this made her hungry and thirsty so symptoms had been masked. I ended up going to my own vet and demanding a referral to the specialist animal hospital. It all came to a head as Lucy took pyoderma of the side of her mouth and her vulva was blistered and red from the constant licking (which I had mentioned on various occasions) she was admitted to the hospital and was kept in for 4 days and had numerous tests done including Cushing test
the day she had this done we got her home I know the test stimulates the adrenal glands that same day Lucy who has never wet in the house since she was a pup went into our shower cubicle and peed, then later on she tried to get to the door and peed on the carpet. She was totally mystified so she was taken back in and diagnosed with diabetes.
She was on Insuvet Lente for a year but could not be regulated. She is now on Caninsulin but only a week we were doing well up till Wednesday and her readings started rising again It's as if we take 5 steps forward and 3 back.
She has never had a hypo and only once had Ketones. She is back up to her normal weight again and I have a good vet who cares the other two vets said I would be better putting her to sleep but Hendry the vet who takes care of Lucy says no way unless it is a last resort.
She is a happy wee soul and is no bother with her jabs comes and sits for them and never whines or makes a fuss.
I feel I might meet someone who has had similar problems.
A big thank you to the moderators for letting me join. I hope someone will contact me soon. I do not know if I am doing the correct thing as I am not sure about posts and threads!
Margaret & Angel Lucy July 4 2001- May 6 2011
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