Yes , he is back. My husband and I picked him up from the vet,were given instructions for giving a shot (insulin), syringes and a vial of vetsulin ($66.00 for a tiny vial). This is supposed to last us for 5 days- 2 doses a day. Since this is quite expensive, I decided to look it up online and found a site that sells the same stuff for $29.99! Same size vial and everything. I decided I’d tell the vet I was going to start him on this raw meat diet I had found out about online and hopefully wean him off the insulin rather soon. I thought I would get a fight,and I wanted to see the reaction to the word “Raw” because everyone seems to freak out- but nothing. She kind of agreed and said she changed the diet on her diabetic cat and she has been off insulin for a year now. But why doesn’t anyone tell you this until you say something?
Anyway, Max looks great and tonight I had to wait to give him his food, so I could give him his insulin after, but he was patient. I gave him a raw hamburger patty with some vitamin e, flaxseed oil and french style green beans and mixed it well. We all stood waiting to see if he would turn his nose up to it. No way!!! He started slow and then ate faster and faster, like he couldn’t get enough! The dish was clean! I felt bad I didn’t have a snack for him except a rawhide bone. He had a bath with a baking soda rinse and I also put apple cider vinegar in the bath water ( i heard this helps with candida in dogs, which I swear he had before the vets. He looks like a puppy again. His fur is shiny, his ear infections are gone and are now pink inside, and his shedding fur looks full again. I’m so glad he’s home and I know there will be a change in him.
He goes back to the vet on Monday for a sugar check. I hope to hear he is fine. Let’s see what happens.
I hope to be back at the drawing board soon! Yay!
This is a picture of Max from awhile ago, waiting to come in from outside. He always does this. I had made some note cards of this picture. Funny Max!
Well. Max is doing okay, and I’m supposed to call in the morning and see how he is as far as being regulated. I may be able to take him home. The kids can’t wait. I’m a little scared. How is this all going to pan out? I will most likely be given vials, syringes. and some insulin to start him off (all included in the bill for his days stay and monitoring). I will be given all kinds of instructions on how to check him and give injections- and my head is already spinning. This is scary to me and rather expensive. I am definitely going to try the raw food diet when he comes home. I have read up on it and I like the results and reviews it is getting. I am giving Max a chance, to eat the way he was supposed to eat in the first place and I believe we will see a great improvement.
Tomorrow we will know better though, and until we get this down and set, I feel I can’t even think about drawing-but I will. I always do.
So we wait. Enjoy the pic! Cheryl
Yes, we are still waiting and wondering what is going on with my dog, Max. All I know so far, is he has needed insulin twice in a day to keep him in check. I know this is going to be an expensive road we are going down and so I have looked up a lot of info on the web about diabetes in dogs. I am going to try a new diet for him when he comes home and do the insulin to regulate, but I am going to see how this diet will work on his system and slowly wean him off the insulin. I’ve read a lot on raw meat diets and such, and I think this is the way I’m going to go. We will see.
On my artwork, I am trying to get started setting up an account with Shop Handmade, but with this on my mind, it’s taking longer than I want. Once I get it going, it will be done in no time. I just have to put aside a lot of time to get pictures and descriptions down, but I will get there.
Here is a picture for anyone having troubles out there that need a little boost…like me. Enjoy. Cheryl
Here he is in his slightly younger days.
Okay,I thought this would be a great start to a good year. We were just starting to get orderly again. Schedules put together, school starts up again, the budget is set, goals are planned…but that’s too easy. Just when we thought we had it together, we get caught off guard. I had to take my 9 year old min pin Max to the vet for excessive drinking and urination, along with some other ailments. I find out he has diabetes. The vet hands me a bill for $600.00 like it was nothing, for a few days stay and to monitor him. I couldn’t speak. It was like it hit me like a rock. My husband has pre-diabetes, or so they say- so I’ve seen him checking his sugar everyday and I know a lot about it because of his own father and his diabetes. But my dog! Insulin shots, maybe twice a day! I can’t fathom it. So now we wait and we have to make a decision. It’s not easy. Life’s put on hold for a week for now. I’m checking everything out on the web and I’m going to check everything out I can. I don’t know.
I will let you know on his progress and what we plan to do.
Until then, take care. Here is a picture I drew with a quote that means a lot to me. Enjoy. Cheryl