June 19th 2009 7:40 pm
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Dexter hasn't been himself lately and after battling a sinus infection with him for a couple weeks, we went to the vet yesterday.
Besides the stuffy nose, Dex has been drinking excessive amounts of water and has lost a lot of weight. The healtcare professional in me tells me "diabetes". Unfortunately that feeling was confirmed by the vet today when the blood tests came back. His blood glucose was 500 and in addition to that, his pancreatic and liver enzymes were sky high, which confirmed another diagnosis - acute pancreatitis. Not good for a dog. His glucose levels have apparently been high for a while because he had an excessive amount of ketones in his urine, and I missed the classic "kusmol" breathing pattern of a typical diabetic in crisis.
We went back to the vet today for IV fluids because in spite of his excessive drinking, he was dehydrated. He was given a bolus of fluids sub-cutaneously which seemed to perk him up. However, the pahrmacy did not fill his insulin prescription so we have to wait another day to get the vet to call them back.
Between the vet visits, medications, blood tests and everything else, I'm out a house payment. I love my dog though and I'm not giving up on him. Even Levi senses that something is wrong as he has been overly protective of him.
David - Dexters "Dad"
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