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Dog with Diabetes??? Any experience???

June 13th, 2008, 11:29 AM
I am with a rescue organization and I am picking up an 11 year old Westie on Monday who has been diagnosed with diabetes. The owners have had her since she was 3 months old and are surrendering her to us as they donít want to deal with the needle once a day.

Does anyone on this board have a dog that needs shots??? How difficult is it to deal??? I want to be very honest with any potential foster/adoptive parents. Any info would be much appreciated.

Westie Rescue of Canada

June 13th, 2008, 12:24 PM
I don't have a diabetic dog, but my cat has been diabetic for over 5 years now so I'm very familiar with the everything involved. I gotta say, people that give up their lifelong pet because they can't be bothered to give it a simple shot every day make my blood boil. I guess at least they didn't just have her euthanized, but still ......:mad:

Personally, I don't find giving shots a big deal, and in my case, it's at least 2 a day, plus I test my cat's blood glucose multiple times a day. He's doing great now, but in the beginning there were complications (ketoacidosis, neuropathy, anorexia). I think with dogs, blindness can be an issue.

Anyway, you might want to check out some of these websites for more detailed info on canine diabetes:

If you have any other questions or a specific concern, let me know. And thanks for looking after this little girl when her own family failed her.

August 9th, 2008, 07:45 AM
Hi sugarcatmom, I am new to this forum and was looking for help with my diabetic dog and came across your post about you cat being diabetic and would like to ask you a few questions about testing the sugar level, as I am currently using urine strips and having a really hard time with my dogs levels etc. I was hoping to be able to email you to talk? Thanks so much!

August 9th, 2008, 07:56 AM
Welcome Zenga! do you know how to PM someone on this site? if so I am positive Sugarcatmom wouldnt mind at all...we all tend to ask her alot of questions! :thumbs up


the gang
August 10th, 2008, 10:00 PM
i would be happy to help,, brenda and the pins

August 12th, 2008, 02:40 PM
Just a bit of a follow-up. This Westie was adopted out to a wonderful family...the Mom is a stay at home Mom who was a nurse, so she doesn't mind the needle giving at all.
This little Westie is on a small dose of insulin and her new Mom said all she has to do is put a cookie down with a tiny, tiny bit of peanut butter on it and it takes 2 seconds and it's over and the little one doesn't even know it happened.

A real sucess story for Westie Rescue of Canada...this was one cute Westie as well...pretty, pretty girl who just wants to sit and love you all day long (Damm...should have kept her for myself!!!) :wall: