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CONGRATULATIONS from Fred, Loretta and Charlie! Great Christmas present for the Ranch. Great present for us too - how many days have we been voting and voting and voting? But it was certainly worth it!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2009 on Woohoo! $20,000 For The Animals! at Rolling Dog Farm
Dear sweet Teddy All of this is so painfully familiar - as I have said at considerable length - our sweet little Charlie having been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus last December. He had dropped from 13 to less than 9 pounds, was dehydrated and so lethargic he could hardly raise his head to see us. Today he is 13+ pounds, strong, energetic, happy and full of energy - the picture of good health - a 12 year old miniature poodle. I mention our experience because although we paid over $5000 for the treatment to stabilize him and learn the specifics of chemistry, food, exercise and rest to get him healthy - I would have paid twice that to know what we know now about taking care of him. We listened to the Vets, read all of their hand-outs, bought books on the subject and joined every online Forum - trying desperately to learnwhat we could about his prognosis and treatment. What we learned from actual experience was more valuable than any other resource. We did try using a Glucometer - one for people and a new one made specifically for dogs. What we decided was this: it was better use urine test strips (although their results lag reality by 12-24 hours) and periodic comprehensive vet blood tests - than to stick poor Charlie in the elbow, ear or tail several times a day. He had already experienced enough pokes, prods and needle pricks. As time went on, we found we able to almost "read" his eyes and tell whether his blood ws up or down. Although Charlie is the most patient, forgiving, loving little creature on the planet, it would break my heart to see him run in fear from me whenever I approached him for any reason whatever. I don't know how Steve and Alayne will manage - with so manhy others to care for. I wish we were closer so we could help. I'm sure much of the Rolling Dog "audience" feels the same. For what it's worth, here are the few things I would have paid anything to know when we first started with Charlie: 1. At 5 AM we give him a Mirtazapine tablet. This is a prescription drug and is used to stimulate his appetite. It takes an hour or two to work. 2. We take him for a morning walk, between taking the Mirtaza;ine and eating his morning meal. My wife does this walk with him every morning and it really helps the general condition as well as stimulate his appetite. 3. Feed him 1/4 cup of Royal Canin low calorie high fiber canned food twice daily. 6 AM and 6 PM. With charlie, I have to separate the 1/4 cup into about 25 bite-sized morsels arranged on a plate. To make it more palatable and less dry I pre-mix about 1/4 cup of EV0 canned food (beef) to one can of the Royal Canin, then I get the 1/4 cup of food for his morning and evening feeding from that. 2. After nis morning feeding we give him a 10MG Trilostane capsule and a Hepagen C capsule - each wrapped in a kind of cheese that Charlie likes. 3. This is very important: Set a timer for 30 minutes - we've found this is the minimum amount of time to wait between his morning meal and the insulin injection. 4. When the timer goes off, we give him a treat (freeze-dried liver) and then his injection of insulin. We use Vetsulin and give him 4 units. After the injection we give him more of the freeze-dried liver. In the morning we inject his right side - halfway between the top of his thigh and the center of his back. In the evening we inject at the same place on his left side. 5. Around 11:30 - 12:30 we feed him 1/3 - 1/2 cup of raw steak. We like to use Flank Steak because it is lowest in fat. However, sometimes he won't eat Flank Steak and we have to give him T-Bone Steak. I know this sounds extravagant but he is a small dog and an 8-0z steak will last several days for Charlie. We are VERY careful to keep the steak in the coldest part of the fridge and we only take it out for a few seconds when we cut a piece off for him and this noon feeding. 6. At 6 PM we repeat the 6 AM procedure, but instead of giving him the Trilostane and Hepagen C, we give a Pet Tab. 7. During the day, we change his water 4 times. Each time we measure exactly how much water he has consumed and we keep a chart on exactly how much water he drinks each day over time. Our internist says that water consumption is the simplest and most accurate method of determining whether his blood levels are normal or not over time. This is amazing, but we have found it to be true as well. 8. Between 8 and 9 PM we all go to bed. Before we knew about his diabetes we knew he was sick. The vet did not diagnosis it for about 7 weeks from our first visit about this complaint. During that time he was drinking over 40 ounces of water per day, was terribly dehydrated, lethargi, and got us up at night to pee EVERY HOUR OR MORE. Normal water consumption is 1 ounce per pound of body weight and he should not get up at night more than once - but usually he can hold it through the night. 9. We use urine test strips every Sunday morning before any medicine or food - his first pee of the day - to test for Keytones and Glucose. If the results are NOT negative we contact the vet immediately. We also weigh him every Sunday. If everything is "normal" (Urine strips, water consumption, appetite, energy, attitude) we take him to the vet every 4-6 months for a comprehensive blood workup. I know this is a formidable procedure and far too much for a coupfle caring for 80+ animals. However, if there are others out there with diabetic and/or Cushing's Diseased dogs, they may find this list useful. I certainly would have been grateful for it beginning last December. Good luck to sweet Teddy. We will all be cheering / praying / hoping for a recovery similar to our little charlie. ArizonaFRED. Prescott, AZ
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on He's Home at Rolling Dog Farm