Teddy is a 11 year old spring spaniel, who is the best dog ever.
It seemed like overnight Teddy wasn't feeling well. He could no longer jump up on our bed (I have to lift him from behind). He is loosing his footing when he tries to get up and down the steps. He was lethargic, panting heavily, drinking a lot of water and even peeing in the house. I also found a lump on the inside of his right thigh the size of a grapefruit.
I thought he may have a bladder infection.
I got him into the vet right away. The vet thought the lump was a fatty mass and not a bladder infection. They tested his urine to verify this. The vet recommended removing the mass to see whether or not it would help with Teddy walking.
Next they did blood work and found that he has diabetes. I was in shock.
It never occurred to me that a dog could get diabetes too.
The vet called in a prescription for insulin and needles. I went to our local CVS to pick up the prescription. I wasn't sure what to say when I went up to the counter. Do I ask for "Teddy Miller", or do I say "Umm yeah, I have a script for my dog".
I explained the situation to the clerk. I was dumbfounded when he asked me for Teddy's date of birth so he could put Teddy "in the system".
Really? It's not like Teddy is on our health insurance.
Anyway, I got the meds and my jaw dropped when I saw the price. $88.00 for the insulin and $15.00 for the needles. That, my friends, is for one month!
Since then, I have spoken to a friend who gets her dogs insulin from Walmart and it's a whole lot cheaper.
Every day I have to give Teddy 2 insulin shots. It has been difficult because he needs to eat a special food before the shot is given AND the shots have to be 10 hours apart.
|Photo Credit: Purina Vet Diets|
Teddy hates the new food.
I've tried putting gravy, chicken broth and even wet dog food mixed in it. I have to be careful what I add to the food. It cannot have too high of a sugar content. He is rebelling!
Any suggestions from the dog lovers out there??
Since the shots began, Teddy is doing better. He still cannot jump up on our bed and is having difficulty walking up and down the steps. This may be caused from the lump on his leg or arthritis. We won't know until the lump is removed. That operation cannot be scheduled until his diabetes is under control.
One thing at a time...