July 16th 2012 8:00 pm
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I told the vet about Buddy going at both cats. We discuss Proactive Aggression and how we can look for the early signs and stop them from going any further. We talk about how if I feed the dog, then the oldest cat then the rescue Mister, they will get the whole hierarchy thing soon enough. Then I said it was almost like the cats startled him.....
The vet turns off the lights in the examining room and shine a flashlight in to Buddy's eyes.
One of the side effects of diabetes in dogs is blindness. Cataracts more precisely. Buddy is going blind. It might be 6 months, it might be a year but he is going blind and there is nothing I can do to stop it.
Between the one eyed cat, Main Coon that is afraid of her own shadow and the dog that is going blind, my house is officially the house of lost and broken souls. All are welcome....
The only questions I have are..... Now what? What do I do next.
July 16th 2012 7:52 pm
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So, Buddy is diabetic. I frantically called CVS, Walgreens, Pet-Meds, places like that that might have insulin. He needed insulin. $90.00 $100.00, $150.00 per vial.... How much is in a vial? How much does he need? What is a unit in all of this? Is there a place where it is cheaper?
We can't do $100.00 twice a month. We can't afford that kind of care. Now what? What are the options? Does he need to be put down? What do we say to our 4 year old?
Walmart. Walmart. I'll write it again.... Walmart. It has the insulin, and the needles and was $40.00 give or take. For the big bottle. The 10 ml bottle. That's 1000 units. We need that once a month. We can do $40.00. Walmart.
So now Buddy is home and actually doesn't mind the shots. He gets food, then I go to the fridge and get the bottle. I fill the needle, he takes the needle then he gets a treat. He's okay with it. I'm okay with it. My husband can administer shots and my 4 year old is okay with it too. The only thing I'm not okay with is that there aren't too many places that have books about "your Diabetic dog and you". You read blogs. You read anything you can get your hands on and then go to the vet and say "what about this?"
Now I notice a lot of things. I notice that if you give him the shot during his meal, he may or may not eat the rest and then he becomes tired. He'll play but not really play. I also notice his nose going more. Oh and he now fights with the cats..... Both of them. He never bothered with the one. And the other, the arguments come and go. Sometimes there's a fight, sometimes they sleep together on the bed. But now the fights are with both and more frequent than not.
I read up on that too. Proactive Aggression. I can deal with that. I hate needle and give him one twice a day. I can deal with that.
July 16th 2012 7:41 pm
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Okay.... we adopted this dog. He was my husbands cousins husbands dog. An even tempered pug. Super goofy and loveable. We've had him about 18 months now. We got him because our beloved Buddha had to be put down and this animal needed a home. The cousins newborn was allergic. So we got Buddy to make it easier to say good-bye to Buddha. (It still isn't easy).
So we got Buddy. He's been great. A week ago I noticed he was taking a lot longer to urinate. Not it took him longer..... it was a longer urination. Maybe because it's hot? Maybe because he's getting older? Well same thing Saturday, same thing Sunday. Monday came, same thing but this time no defecation. So Wednesday morning my husband took him to the vet.
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