September 6th 2007 1:03 pm
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Barney, our wonderful little man, is gone.
We took him tonight to a new vet for a second opinion about his immediate diagnosis of diabetes, the way he has been since treatment began, and a general prognosis in the context of his overall condition.
The news was not good. In addition to the diabetes, he almost certainly had Cushings disease which, in all likelihood, was interfering with the insulin, rendering it ineffective. The vet was very honest and straight with us. She said that to continue trying to establish his full condition and determine what was needed to control the diabetes, would have involved many tests over a two month period (possibly more), at the end of which there was no guarantee of an accurate diagnosis.
Even then, assuming a course of treatment could be found that would work against all of his ailments, we would have been looking at most at a few more months, during which his quality of life would not have been good. In short, it was too little, too late.
In the end, the decision was not a hard one to make for him, just a painful one for us. Barney is now at peace, and reunited with Shannon - his one true love - at Rainbow Ridge with all the other dogs.
Goodnight, and God Bless you, Barney Rubble. You were our one and only, loved and never to be forgotten.
Thursday 6 September 2007.
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