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My family thinks Im crazy. She will not even drink on her own, or hold down water at this point. She is so tiny I fear euthanasia for her. I have had a bad experience in the past, where my dog cried while the drugs were administered. At this point she is so sick, I cannot stand the thought of more pain. I grappled with shooting her, instant, painless but the ground is frozen and I will not even be able to bury her until spring. The whole situation has reached a crescendo that feels ridiculous and heartbreaking.

I thought maybe yesterday we were going to have a bounce back, because I had kept her sugar stabilized for days while doing the syringe feedings. I woke up this morning to bile dripping from her nose.

She still stands to go potty outside. I have some really tough decisions ahead, and not much time to make them, and none of them bring good feelings. Pet owners, while you read these comments, please know any decision you make is ok. This is HARD. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. If I am unlucky enough to have another pet diagnosed with this illness, I will not be treating them. It will destroy me, but this isnt worth it. For me, or her.

PG February 12, I too have a dog with diabetes. My soon-to-be 19yr old cat, my sweet baby, has just been diagnosed with severe, brittle diabetes. The doctor gave us several options to care for her. Because she is old, we chose euthanasia, but not now. Rosie is still walking, going up and down stairway, climbing four levels to get on the small table looking out the window, then she goes back down to the floor.

She is drinking lots of water,but is very dehydrated. She sleeps all the time in different places because she needs a member of her family us near her. And yes, she's still weak and lethargic. My daughter and I have been crying so much. I don't know when I should bring her to the hospital for the dreaded How do I know that she wants that? Yes, these are silly questions but I just don't know the right time to let her go. Last Saturday he was diagnosed with diabetes. The I asked some of the questions above. I knew that he would have to have blood tests until he was regulated but I asked if there was a way around that and she said I could buy a meter and one day a week I would have to test his blood every 2 hours.

I could do that. I bought a meter. I refused the order and left. I called the vet for alternatives. That is what the Dr. This is beyond my means. I have an appointment on Monday to learn how to administer the shots. I will be going there looking for alternatives that I as a single income person can afford. I think in my heart if the Dr. Paul, From reading your note about Como and Sweetie, I think they do need to be seen by another veterinarian. Drinking and peeing a lot is a sign of illness, that is for certain. Do you have a friend who can give you a ride to the veterinarian's office?

Do you have Uber or Lyft in your town? What about a senior center that offers transportation? I also live in a small town and know that if you do not own your own vehicle it can be difficult to get around. Unfortunately, I am not sure what else I can do to help you from here. I am sorry you are having to go through this. I am 66, retired, have 2 inhouse Cat companions but have no transportation. So to get around is difficult for me. That said, both cats are fixed, a female named Sweetie who is 10 years old and a male named Como who is a little over 7 years of age. They are strictly inhouse, and that is for their and my own protection.

Them needing medical care, is very hard to get. This past Oct. I had tried others that were said to do this, but none wanted to drive the distance. So either I called the one that is local, who has a bad manner about his work, or my two cats, stayed with their problems. I called and I regret with a passion, that it was him I settled with. Sweetie, the female, had started getting growths on her skin that itched like crazy, probably from some parasite she caught. Both cats have good appetites, continued to eat after the medicines were given, but Como simply is very skinny since what goes in, squirts back out.


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Both are shorthaired with her about 12 lbs. This is what they got. When a cat urinates, the litter turns dark, and usually dries out in time. The device unsticks the mass from the walls, but I usually have to push down very hard to get all the way down. The masses are usually 4 to 6 inches wide, made 2 or more thick, and heavy. It also uses the hell out of the fresh litter in the boxes. I always bought 2 - 20 lb. Now that the mess has started, I have a hard time even buying 4 - 20 lb. As I said, they both still have appetites, but now Sweetie seems less energetic and sleeps more.

She still wants to be petted and brushed, but her energy is not quite what it was. He goes through 2 or 3 periods a day, where he goes where the litter boxes are, returns quickly and almost as quickly, returns to the litter. And usually, nothing comes out. It maybe he has an urge to use it, but nothing comes out. I feel so helpless for him doing that, for him looking like a YOYO, back and forth. I use a large outdoor trash can, inside and have a very thick outdoor garbage bag in it, to contain the litter. Couple weeks back, a lady in his office called to schedule more of the same treatment, but I told her no.

Will he? Damned if it makes a difference if he does. Can anyone advise me? God Bless. Paul Breaux. Cristiano Sabchuk January 2, My five years old dog have diabetes melitus. I think this is lousy advice. So you get up in the morning, feed the dog and give the insulin. A hell of a lot easier to treat the diabetic dog! We adopted our cat because she was so frightened and mean to people no one could touch her. After some months with our family Jasmine became happy and let us love her most of the time. Now she has diabetes and I have been giving her insulin shots for a few weeks.

I have been bitten several times in the process and now she hides all the time and poops on my clothes. I am worried that the treatment is, for her, worse than the disease. I haven't seen much improvement with the insulin anyway. At this point I think it's time to let her enjoy the rest of her life without fearing us.

When it comes to quality of life, I think she would choose to be left with the illness rather than live in fear of people again. I'm in the eighth year of treating my very loved cat for diabetes. I have to say no. If we love our pets, spend the money to feed them appropriately. He had an additional 8 years of life because of me but, he got the disease because of my ignorance.

Today I'm about to go to the vet because of some serious looking complications. I expect to return home with my cat's body. Tanque My cat was diabetic April to April , and went into remission. About a month ago, he fell out of remission. I am trying to get him back into remission, and if it doesn't work, I will figure out what is best for our lives.

Meanwhile, he has always been very vocal. I want to teach him to be quieter particularly before meal times , but I'm not sure how to do this since blood sugar is so affected by food. If I give him no-carb treats for being quiet, won't that still affect his blood sugar? How do I train a diabetic cat? I guess many of you would not treat your kids if they got diabetes! All of them lived a full, healthy life on insulin. We just adopted another dog with diabetes because it's owners were going to kill it. Timothy, I am very sorry you are in this position with your cat and with a veterinarian who is not hearing what you are saying.

Every veterinarian cannot connect with every client, every day. It might be that your veterinarian was having a bad day, it might be that they cannot see where you are coming from on any day. Regardless, I think it is worth finding a veterinarian who can listen and hear what you are saying about you, your cat and treating the diabetes. You did not mention any specifics, but maybe some new eyes on the problem or problems can help you figure out what is best for you and your cat.

Your quality of life counts just as much, if not more, than that of your cat! Having owned two diabetic dogs, as well as cared for a friend's diabetic dog for 10 months, I know how trying and tiring it is. There is no one right answer for everyone, as each of us has different lives, different stresses in our lives. Timothy D Riley October 28, I have this diabetic cat and its been about 9 months and its killing me. I asked my vet what if we didn't give her the insulin and he tried to make me feel like a monster and he snarled "Well then we should just put her to sleep right now' I'm at the end of my rope.

You don't just let him die because you cannot take care of him. You are the kind of people who shouldn't have a pet. I disagree with this. With treatment they will likely suffer less and possibly get better. Would you let your kid go without treatment and enjoy them till they die? Thank you for this article. My 14 year old husky mix was diagnosed with Diabetes Melitis 5 days ago. He has had arthritis in his hips for 4 or 5 years now so I didn't know that anything else was wrong when he started having more trouble getting up.

He started wining all night and wanted to go outside very couple hours. I knew something was wrong so I brought him to the vet and that was 5 days ago. At that point he could still get up and walk although it was limited and painful. We have it setup to start insulin in 2 days but I fear the pain and stress it will cause to bring him back in for that.

Yesterday and today he hasn't even tried to get up. I don't know what to do. I don't know if treating him will just cause him more pain and stress for the last little bit he is here or if he may actually get better. How long can it take to change his conditon? If the insulin doesn't help quickly I'm afraid he doesn't have much time left. I dont knoq what to do. All of the stories here have been helpful but I am still so conflicted and confused. There are coupons online that can lower the cost for Novolin N.

You can use short needles with Novolin N. The longer more painful needles are used for Vetsulin. I inject the dog while he is eating. All you need is a RX from your vet. The manufacturers put these coupons out to help people without insurance and this applies to dog owners too. This is our second dog on insulin. We treat him like we would treat our kids. We just found out our dog has diabetes. We bought some drops on line and Everytime I feed him I put the amount of drops per weight.

I cook veg and boil chicken. Brown rice and sometimes throw in an egg. He is doing great right now but if he gets worse then will have him put down. Two other of our dogs had diabetes and I will never ever give shots again. These little guys don't deserve shots twice a day. My 9 year old yellow lab, was diagnosed in February. Started out with Vetsulin now on an NPH cause the other was not working so well with her.

Another said that if we attempt to do the dental work with her numbers the way they are she might die. She has had eyesight issues since she was a pup, they are getting worse. I can tell this because of her behavior. She gets glucose curves regularly. We are still trying to figure out how much is needed. Just recently changed dog food still going through the transition. My concern right now are her legs, lately they have been more wably when she attempts to stand.

Yesterday they were twitchy a little bit. The next option is a specialist. Any one else seeing these issues with their diabetic dog? My dog has diabetic since 2 months I started with 2 insulin per day. Now I give 1 insulin shot per day and see how it goes but I won't ignore and be blind I take her to vet every week for blood test.

Unfortunately, I lost my terrier to diabetes almost 3 years ago and now my Bichon has it. I will not make the same mistake of waiting too long this time. My terrier went blind he adjusted to that quick enough but he also lost a dramatic amount of body weight. Because he was still eating, wagging his tale and giving me love, I ignored all the signs in front of me and replaced reality with an unfounded hope. By this point, he veins had collapsed. I won't give you the details but it was, without a doubt, the worst experience of my life.

YOU know your dog better than anyone. When it is time, sometimes letting them go is the most loving thing you can do for them. You will always having lingering doubts. When you love your pet so much, saying goodbye will always feel wrong. But because you love them, you can't let them suffer.

I'm sorry for everyone who has to go through this. It sucks.. Please advise me here- I have a beloved dad hind female. She is 10 years old almost She has had diabetes for two years. She is on 20 units insulin in the morning and 20 units insulin at night. She still pees enormous volumes indoors day and night. She is almost completely blinde too. She eats ravenously at every opportunity and seems cheerful but she is getting no better and the insulin is making no difference. Any advice please? I lost my beloved Iggy the cat 8 years ago to kidney cancer. After discussing with my vet, we opted to keep him comfortable and forgo chemo.

The chemo could have given him more time on this earth, but he was a very difficult cat to treat. He had to be sedated every vet visit. I specifically asked my vet what she would do if he was her cat and she honestly said she would not put him through it. He might live longer, but he'd be miserable with the numerous vet visits, subcutaneous fluids, etc As hard as it was to see him go, I never doubted I made the right decision for him. In contrast, I was able to give his brother sub-q fluids for the last nine months of his life and he remained a happy kitty up until his last day.

My current cat was just diagnosed with diabetes this week. I'm not panicking yet well, maybe a little panic. He's been on long term steroids for asthma so we're going to see what happens to his BG as we gradually lighten his dosage. I'm also changing his food. If I do end up having to give him insulin and monitor his blood sugar, I'm willing to try. But he's also a cat who will not tolerate handling. If I think that his quality of life is suffering, I would consider not treating him. Bottom line, it's about what's best for the individual pet..

This article and other comments have put my mind at peace. We have a 6 year old Rottie who is lbs not fat He was diagnosed with diabetes about 1 month ago. At first he was taking his shots like a champ, however now he will not let anyone get near him with the needle. Doesn't matter if we give him treats, pet him, distract him He has since started nipping at people who touch him because he thinks they are going to give him a shot.

This included my 4 year old neice. Diabetes has unfortunately changed him and his loving, laid back personality into a dog who is agitated, irritable and just looks miserable. He truly was a gentle giant until we started his treatment for diabetes. We have chosen to euthanize him this weekend as his quality of life is suffering and we cant have an animal of his size nipping at people Not to add, he will not allow us to treat him and an animal his size is very difficult to hold still Not all animals are like the other and not all respond to treatment like the next.

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It has been an agonizing decision for our family, but we know it is best for him and our family. It has been an amazing 6 years with you my friend. I know we have given you an amazing 6 years too. Until we meet again!! My dog Sadie half Chihuahua - half mutt was diagnosed with diabetes two months ago. She is nine years old. I am able to afford her care and now she is taking one shot a day.

She reacts so violently when it is time for a shot. It takes my husband or daughter holding her head to keep her from biting me. She fights it and sometimes the needle comes out before all the insulin goes in. We have tried a muzzle, but that just seems to make her worse.

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I'm at my wits end. I love this little dog so much but the resentment is building. Any suggestions? Dear Abby, Kudos to you for making it work for you and your dog. I am glad you are in a place physically, emotionally, and financially to be able to provide the care for your dog. Everyone wishes they could have the same, but we do not all have the same luxury.

While rehoming your pet is one way to approach the difficulties that a chronic, lifelong illness imposes, for most people and pets it's unacceptable. Being rehomed is stressful for pets - particularly cats and unregulated diabetics - and stress from abandonment negatively impacts blood sugar levels.

The number of homes available to take on a pet with a chronic illness is way smaller than the number of chronically ill pets. I wish you continued good luck with your dog. OMG please Diabetes can be managed and the dog can live a full life if managed. There are people who foster and adopt diabetic animals. I have heard a few ladies on a support group say they only adopt diabetic dogs etc.. I cannot imagine putting a pet down when their illness can be managed. I am so glad I love my dog and value him more than that.

I wouldn't have got a dog if I wasn't willing to do everything I could for them. Please people if your social life is that important don't get a pet as they do get sick eventually you know?? What if it was your child that was sick? A pet is a family member! I am low income and manage best I can and make sacrifices for my dog out of love.

I get my supplies online and do most things myself. I join support groups to get help and direction on what to do in situations. Unless my dog is terminally ill and suffering I am doing all I can to keep him happy and alive! I refuse to let him down! I made a commitment when i got him and I will fulfil it!

I feel sad for your dogs and cats that they ended up with you people! Seriously you don't even try to find them another home! Judgemental my rear You are upset with me out of guilt alone! I hit the guilt button. I just had to put my diabetic cat to sleep. This article is making me feel less bad about my decision. He was diagnosed at 3 years old and we never had a remission period. We tried for years to manage his condition Vet gave me a hard time for not being able to home test his blood sugar but he was a black cat and I couldn't see the spot to poke him in his ear.

He took to shots well but if we wanted to take a vacation we only had one family member we could ask to watch him since he was shy of strangers. We tried our best but we couldn't manage it anymore after 8 years. I wish the vet would have been more honest about the expenses and time requirements and wouldn't have been so hard on us despite our efforts to manage his condition. If I was running low on syringes or insulin and asked for a refill to buy us time between expensive glucose curves they would only give us a week or so I have just read the article and found it interesting as my staffie cross was diagnosed with diabetes almost a month ago.

This was over the Christmas time and I kept my eye on her and noticed that she had started to drink large amounts of water she was still always ready for her walks and after Christmas I was preparing to go back to the vets. In the new year she had a peeing accident in the house that was completely out of character and I knew things were not right when the weekend came she pee wee d in the house overnight so I got a urine sample and took her to the vets. That morning she had a urine sample done a blood test and something else and the vet confirmed she had a lot of sugar in the urine and she was diabetic.

It was a lot to take in and to be honest I went to the vet looking for help not to leave my animal untreated so I was told she could be put on insulin twice a day and go back to the vets for blood tests. I did not think twice about the treatment as I knew I had enough money for the vet that day and so went ahead with treatment basically because I love the silly dog and the thought of her being at the end of her life had not even entered my head. It is a commitment as the shots are twice a day morning and evening for seven days a week as the evening one is at 8p.

On the plus side the insulin seems to be working well with my dog and she has regained her energy and no wet floors which were quite difficult to deal with as it was not a little pee it was a large substantial amount which after too long would have caused too much of a smell. My dog had a larger blood test a few days ago the vet said things are okay they could be slightly better but just keep the treatment up.

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I got a prescription from the vet to order my own insulin as it worked out much cheaper that way as the prices at the vets were more than I can afford so that is manageable. Sadly I never had the dog spayed and the vet is suggesting to do it quite soon which is more money I can possibly do it in a few weeks as I now have my daughters birthday coming up and the two grand-childrens birthdays in one month both the same week.

I have not asked the vet how long my pet may have in this life maybe I need to do that and yet because she seems so well at the moment I do not want to think about her death. After reading many of the comments I think everyone is so brave with their pets after all we can only look after them as they give so much back to our lives.

The funny thing is I have the opposite problem. I have frequently run into Vets who refuse to listen and I have to fight to get proper treatments. I had a kitten with a upper respiratory infects. Like normal, they started her on Clavamox but that had no effect. I went back to vet after two weeks, told them it had no effect and and guess what, they put her on Clavamox. Switched Vets, after trying couple more treatments, the vet did a nasal flush as decided she just as some kind of structural problem. I have two dogs now, both proper weight, both walked and hour each day.

Both fed Natures Recipe. The Vet I am at now, I took one dog age 8 in with a growth that was growing bigger near her eye and two irregular dark growths that had appeared rather suddenly on her belly. The vet tried to write the bellys one off as "dirty skin tags. I had to fight to have them all removed and biopsied. I went this morning with my eldest dog, She has had several lipomas for a few years. More keep appearing. I bring her once a year for bloodwork and have them aspirated.

I had her x-rayed once to make sure nothing was growing inside. The vet I got this morning refused to aspirate them, told me "Vets only catch cancer when it's too late anyway" Gee, maybe because you refuse to investigate and treat when it's early enough to save them and I should consider myself lucky because 12 is really old for a 55 lbs mixed breed who is showing no signs of any age-related degeneration beyond these lipomas.

These are the fourth and fifth dogs I have owned as an adult. I lost two to cancer that blindsided me, so yes. I fully admit I am paranoid. I acknowledge that. And I have also fostered several dogs. This is not my first rodeo. Yet I am condescended to and have to fight to get them proper care because apparently I am just a stupid owner and why should they listen to me?

Yesterday my eleven-year-old Siamese was euthanized due to multiple organ failure, brought on my ketoacidosis. In October , I realized the water bowl was nearly empty every evening. I assumed it was the two year old bulldog, and I just kept refilling it and even put another bowl in my bedroom. After a short while, I realized it was Fidget, the cat, drinking all the water. Then, I found huge spots of urine in the basement—unmistakable smell of cat urine.

I took him to the vet, and he was diagnosed with diabetes. I was overwhelmed by the required testing the vet said he would need, the repeating weekly trips to the vet, and then the home treatment plan. Well, the change was practically immediate. Once I switched him from dry cat food to the prescription wet stuff, he lost a healthy amount of weight He was a little chunky.

That stuff is very expensive, but I researched and learned many brands, such as Friskies and 9-Lives have more protein and fewer carbs than the expensive brands. Do a search and you will find those. You have to be careful about which type and flavor. They are NOT all the same. Then the holiday season kicked off with Thanksgiving through Christmas, and he was doing just fine—except that he continued to lose weight. He was energetic, playful and no more incessant thirst. I visited my mother for a week in early January, and my sister watched him and said he was doing great.

I came home on January 16, and it seemed like he was better than ever. I brought him to the vet. He was extremely dehydrated so they gave him fluids, anti-nausea, and an appetite stimulant. Fifteen hours of that. I tried everything to get him to drink, and after I put in ice cubes and touched the water to his mouth he took a few sips. Thursday morning, he was walking, but when I picked him up, he was just limp.

The vet said that it was possible to save him but a long shot my words. His mouth had even fallen open, I assume to help him breathe. Even if he came back from that, what quality of life would he have had after all that? Plus, they found an extremely elevated white count and very low body temp. I made the ultimate decision and sobbed through the paperwork and payment parts.

His circulation was so bad, they had use an IV and it took quite a while to affect his heart. This all happened two months after his diagnosis. Just two months. Now, who knows how long diabetes had been ravaging his body before that. Cats are so stoic! For example, he did start sitting next to the water bowl much of the time about two weeks ago. How could we know that?! Also, although he was hanging out with the dog and me, he stopped wanting to wrestle with the dog and would cower whenever the dog approached him. The devastating diabetic crisis came so fast. Ironically, my sister and I had just come up with a plan for her to help me with his blood testing and insulin, but it was too late.

The truth is, we always wonder if we make the right decisions for our beloved pets. Ignore the haters. My dog Mischa, I have had since she was 8 weeks old, she is going to turn 9 in three days. She had been increasing her water intake and peeing non-stop, I would take her outside, she would pee twice, I would come back inside the house disappear into the bedroom for 15 minutes and come back out to find she peed in the livingroom, it was very uncharacteristic.

I went to the vet and they did a number of tests. I thought it was just a UTI or a kidney infection. They said they would call be back the next day with the results. They called. The vet said it was a severe case of diabetes that had been around for quite a while. It was already affecting different parts of her body, and if I wanted her well I needed to bring her in now and hospitalize her for the next days while they worked to stabilize her. How could this happen? We had been doing yearly checkups and no one had said anything. I felt awful, how could I have done this to my baby?

Aside from the water intake and peeing, there were no other signs, she was still herself, still so happy and excited to see me when I came home from work. When the vet began to explain the various treatments Mischa would need, my heart dropped to my gut. When they spoke of how many days she would be in the hospital, my throat closed, and I had to force myself how much it would cost. It would have been a minimum of two thousand dollars.

A minimum, she reiterated. It didn't end there, we started talking about the blood tests and the injections for the insulin Mischa would need several times a day. I asked her how I would get that and how much that would be. She said it would be expensive with the dose my dog would need. I felt my throat close up at that point knowing there was no way I was going to be able to save my baby. It's true, there really is no telling if your baby is in pain or how long they have to live, but the more the vet explained the treatments, the more I wondered how Mischa would handle the needles and the blood tests on a daily basis.

I scoffed, wondering if this was my attempt at justifying myself. It didn't matter I still feel awful. No, not everyone has the financially opportunities to save their loved ones. That doesn't make us awful owners or bad people. The vet said we could keep her at home and to just love on her and that's what I intend to do. Right now, considering the fact that the doctor wants her hospitalized, Mischa is still eating normally, and other than the intake of water and increase in pee, is acting like herself. I will love on her until she begins exhibiting symptoms that will tell me it is her time.

I love my girl but she already gets Turbuteral twice a day for asthma and already resents me for it. Until Vets start charging rates that an ordinary person can afford I'm done with Pet ownership. This is why millions of animals are put down every year. You have to be very well off to afford vet bills nowadays. Most cats won't sallow this and after about a week their ears are destroyed. Do this for 5 years? Any vet who won't put a cat down atr the owners request for diabetes should treat the pet for free or lose their licence. Its not the insulin shots but the home blood tests that are nearly impossible to live with and without the miserable tests twice a day you may as well do nothing.

I have a 5 yo Min pin who was diagnosed with diabetes last year. It is a very strange case because she cannot get insulin twice daily or she will crash. So when she her BGC they recommended me giving her 1 unit once a day after a meal. I had been doing that but noticed she started to crash again.

I cannot afford to take her to the vet and do the curves or regular check ups so I feed her good food and give her plenty of water. She seems to get overheated at night after getting her dose. So I had been contemplating on just stopping. I will let her live out her days with love and continue caring for her as I always have prior to her diagnosis. This article is helpful in making this decision. I love my lil Mocha and I make sure she is fed has plenty of water and does exercise. I will keep on loving her and enjoy the days we do have. Could be years or months. But whatever the case may be I will keep on loving her.

Teri, I really appreciate your taking the time to reply to the comments posted here. I seem to be redundant in saying this page is God sent! I wrapped her in an electric blanket and fed her chicken broth,etc from a syringe , until she was able to stand and eat on her own. She's a a little white terrier , now about years old.

Diagnosed with Diabetes in November. I feel so bad for her, she's always starving, I'm going through what many of the commenters are. Frequent Vet visits, trying to adjust levels. She has lost 3 lbs, so skinny now.

She basically sleeps all of the time, unless she is eating. I don't mind the cost, or the scheduled injections because i do have a pet sitter that comes , if needed. But I don't want to continue putting her through all of the testing, anymore. We have had a wonderful life together and I know it won't be easy to let her go. I, like many of the wonderful people who have commented, I just don't want her to continue to decline.

She's such a good girl, never complains, very compliant, so she hid how sick she really was , back in November. I have been spending extra time with her, combing her, talking to her, letting her know that it's ok if she wants to go, but I guess it's not going to be that simple, I will need to make the decision. She's just become so frail and skin and bones, aside from her belly. I came home today and she wasn't in the house, she had went out the doggie door to potty and I freaked out! I have fenced property, but I worry that she's so fragile she is going fall, or worse and that would be unbearable.

Especially with the cold temps. That event pretty much pushed me to go ahead and move forward , without much delay. Thank you for being so kind and generous with your time. AND cats with diabetes don't need expensive special vet food! Daily insulin shots take literally seconds to do. My cat doesn't even notice he is getting one. Much easier than watching an animal get sick IMO. The day to day life with diabetes if fine if managed. After reading several of the comments, I feel better about the decision not to treat the dog who had to be left in our care by our son several years ago.

We now consider him our pet. We asked our son what to do about the little guy, but he does not want to add to our burden by having us give daily insulin shots, etc. The dog only recently displayed the symptoms, but who is also nearing the end of his natural lifespan. We have decided to just feed him good food for as long as he is able to eat, and when it seems that he is failing, it will be me who takes him to the vet for his final visit.

The guys just can't go down that road again. This little guy will be our last pet, I think. I agree that giving insulin twice a day is not for everyone and we all do what we can for our furbabies. There are many factors that go into the health decisions we make but please don't think an insulin-dependent dog will automatically suffer. My minipoo gets two insulin shots a day.

He still jumps around every morning and afternoon wanting his walk, his energy level is normal. I just want people to know their dog will not suffer just because they are insulin dependent. But, I make no judgments about anyone else's decisions. What a wonderful article and so well written. I have a decision to make and all these questions listed entered my mind. Though I can financial and time wise provide treatment for my pet - the emotional endurance is a high factor as I have been through hell the last 30 years of my life - and just now things are just beginning to settle down.

Im at a place where i feel like "I just cant go through anymore". Thank you for allowing my emotional state to be a factor in my decision not to treat. My pet wont be in any pain - he'll just pee a lot - but I'm home all day and he's got access to an open door constantly. Thank you! I am so grateful for this article. My vet only kept pushing the needed treatment not the "What if I don't do Anything" I was trying to say.

I haven't however been able to find anything on what to expect. What signs do I keep an eye on to know when it is time and avoid suffering. What the life expectancy after diagnosis without any treatment? Dianne don't do that I gave my cat insulin for 1 month he is now in remission 3 years later still no insulin find someone who follows the tight regulation protocol.

I've just left my much loved cat at the vet this morning for a check and blood work. He is showing the classic symptoms of diabetes. He showed up at my door 7 years ago when he followed my other cat home. He was in rough shape and bore the scars of some kind of trauma. He was desperately fearful of all men, even a male voice on the radio or tv.

He was snuggly and loving with me at all times and slept on the pillow every night until a couple of weeks ago. He became a completely different cat - meek, timid, scared of everything and isolated himself to a corner of the back deck, never wanting to come inside. I have been through treating a diabetic cat before.

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He had been on twice daily insulin with a modified diet that he hated. As he lost muscle mass, it became harder to find a spot to give him the injection and he would cry because the insulin was cold. He was no longer able to physically do any of his normal cat activities. I believe he became depressed. I have decided that if my cat has diabetes I would rather put him to sleep than treat him with insulin and watch him live a life so different than he was living. I want to do what is best for him, not what is best for me. I love my cat and will not allow him to suffer.

Thank you so much for this article. We just adopted a 10 month old kitten a couple of weeks ago, and I have begun to detect a strange smell coming from the litter box that I can only describe as acetone-like. My heart is filled with dread at the likelihood that this new kitty has diabetes.

She is sweet-natured but extremely wild and doesn't like to be handled under the best of circumstances. It took both me and my lb. Nail clipping involves a muzzle and a straitjacket-like grooming bag thing. We've had five cats over the past 27 years and never needed to resort to these tactics, and now this. The thought that she might require shots for the rest of her life which has barely begun is enough to drive us both to despair.

We just euthanized our beloved 15 year old cat a few months ago, and we suffered along with her and her inflammatory bowel disease for over a decade until she was clearly not enjoying life anymore. We have a 13 year old cat who went through radioiodine therapy for hyperthyroidism earlier in the year. We both work outside the home, and with a child in college, we don't have the kind of disposable income that can deal with a third pet with health problems. We thought that we were adopting a cat with a clean bill of health and a number of years ahead of us before dealing with chronic issues, and we just feel absolutely overwhelmed by this.

Anyway, this article gives us something to help us ground our conversation about what to do for this cat, and I thank you for it. Our 13 year old orange tabby was diagnosed with diabetes 9 months ago. Never have we had a consistent normal curve. WE no longer take him to the vet weekly or biweekly. We have done 5 24 hour curves and it is very difficult It is heartbreaking that he hasn't had a better outcome. Last curve his numbers were between and Thank you everyone for your stories i am struggling so hard i adopted a sweet little blue nose pit her name is pebbles she was my daughters and she had gotten her into a rescue due to her medical conditions.

At the time i feel in love with her it was thought if she got spayed her sugar levesl would drop to normal due to being in a false pregnancy. We do not know her back story the one we were told by the former own is not true at all. She was doing so good taking her shots 2xs a day then one night she just lost it and did not want it. Ive tried training. She will move those eyes side to side if she thinks its time for a shot.

At this point we are lucky to get one in once a day. She is a very happy lovable girl at this point her appetite is good and she does have accidents maybe once a week. I do watch her diet like a hawk her treats are veggies, or chicken. We have tried every method read, heard of, told to us. Just love me and when it is my time i will go. I am so struggling i love her to pieces and want to help her , i want her to have a good life.

She plays with her brother and sister, smiles when she does. But i just am so lost. Is there any tips anyone has to get her to accept her shot. I dread the day i see in those eyes. Hello everyone. Just happen to come here this morning because my wife and i are fighting about how my dog has taken over my life because of diabetes. July jumble jumbled jumbo jump jumper jumper cable jump rope jump-start jumpsuit jumpy Jun. McCoy M. MS Ms. PMS pneumatic pneumonia poach poacher P. Senate senate Senator senator senatorial send send-off senile senility Senior senior senior citizen senior high school seniority sensation sensational sensationalism sensationally sense senseless sensibility sensible sensibly sensitive sensitively sensitivity sensor sensory sensual sensuality sensuous sent sentence sentiment sentimental sentimentality sentry separable separate separated separately separation Sept.