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Old 06-29-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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Friend I know how you feel. Our akita had diabetes for over 2 years before her condition along with age made it apparent that she was starting to suffer. She lost weight from an infection we weren't aware of but linked to the diabetes. After getting her on insulin she quickly gained back the weight. The only thing you can do is to control what she eats give her a daily walk and with your vets advice adjust an insulin shot to be given with her meals. Giving the shots is no big deal and a 25 dollar bottle (human insulin) can last 3 or 4 weeks. My suggestion is to get her on insulin and then wait and see . Your dog can easily have several more years of quality life if you are willing to give the shots and have a regular AIC check done at the vets office. Some people can check the sugar levels with a blood sample at home and this helps. If your dog just wont let you prick her ear or other place to get the blood the A1C test will let the vet know how much insulin to give. It can vary and you need to be aware of how much you give her.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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hi crestliner, thanks for sharing your story about your akita. My dogs diabetes showed up seriously out of nowhere. a month before the sudden weight loss she was fine and everything. a month later, skinny..and overnite, she went blind it seemed. the Diabetes came on so aggressive.

Sadly, i had to put her to sleep. she was really sick 2 nites in a row and i knew that it would only get worse from there. it was exactly how the dr said i would know when to put her to sleep. my dog stopped eating, and just kept vomiting and diarrhea-ing. my poor dog. aghhh im gonna cry.

at least theres memories, rite?

the good ones i mean, not the ones of her sick.. its so sad when they leave us but we have to remember how much joy they brought to our life in such a short time. those happy moments are the ones that shine thru when our days feel dark and dreary. i miss my dog. im forever a dog lover.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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First off Hugs to you and my wish for you to find strength to handle your more then full load. I just read the update and am sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and thank you to your husband.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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aww, thanks so much Casper324! i really appreciate your nice words.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:34 AM
 
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I put my diabetic dog down on Tuesday. He needed surgery for kidney stones and the vet called me before I brought him to let me know he was diabetic. I did not have much time to think it through, but I decided to euthanize him. It would have been his second kidney stone surgery. He was not the type of dog that you could give shots too, he would most likely bite me. We decided that where he predisposed to both conditions, it would be real hard to manage his lifestyle. I am not a quitter. I have had sickly pets that I have revolved my life around. But yet, I feel guilt. I am finding so many websites about "succesfull" insulin "stories". I found one realistic website about pets who just got sicker and sicker. I spoke to a grief counselor, this is not an easy choice; each pet is different. Mandy, you made a good choice. Your pet is in a better place, his last days were not filled with stress, but with unselfish love. Be good to you, you have plenty of love to give a new pwt who needs a loving home.

Much love and hug to you!
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