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Re: Diabetes

Postby Morgana99 » 15 Aug 2016, 23:04

Hi Sue

I'm glad that Lexi is happier in herself. I know the weight loss is hard to bear, but the fact she has rallied and is enjoying life at the moment is testament to how gutsy these little dogs are ^:)^

Things are back on more of an even keel here too. Being down to one eye hasn't curbed Alfie's ability to be a Grade A tinker and he's managing pretty well. That said, he doesn't want to lose any weight as he's a bit on the petite side. Touch wood, Duke has put a lot back on and even regained a fair bit of muscle tone :-bd I'm sure it's only a lull before the next storm, but let's keep fingers, toes and paws crossed our pups stay ok as long as possible :ympray:

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Re: Diabetes

Postby sue+lex » 17 Aug 2016, 20:58

Thanks for the reply Alison glad to hear Alfie is coping well they really are such brave little dogs Lexi will have the odd full body shudder when she gets close to something she isn't sure of ie walking past a parked car etc but that is about as bad as it gets...But really pleased these dogs are coping so well with all that's flung at them and long may it continue that way you take care to and hopefully will speak again soon...Sue
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Re: Diabetes

Postby sue+lex » 17 Aug 2016, 21:09

Thank you Jill for the info you have given us but I think (haven't been told)that Lexis problems are much deeper than the Diabetes she has Liver Disease a heart murmur to what extent her Liver Disease has developed to we haven't a clue the vet sees her monthly doesn't monitor her Diabetes any more he told us a few visits back that he could do no more for her and she may have a month to 5 years so we are just going along with keeping her happy and as comfortable as possible but thank you so much for your input really grateful you took the time to write it..Your girl did really well 21/2 years you should be really proud of your achievements with her ...Once again thank you ...Sue
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Re: Diabetes

Postby sue+lex » 13 Sep 2016, 21:30

Just a quick update Lexi is still doing fine ...She is totally blind now but copes really well we have to hold her down for a minute if she starts a zoomie as she runs into things ...The only worry we have at the moment is she is still losing weight she is down to 7.6 now and she is eating 3 times the food she used to before this reared it's ugly head but on the whole pleased we are doing ok...Take care all and hope your dogs are all ok...Sue :)
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Re: Diabetes

Postby sue+lex » 07 Oct 2016, 19:48

Hi everyone yesterday 6/10/16 we had to have Lexi put to sleep she had been having trouble walking since last Thursday a trip to the vets resulted in her being put on Tramadol she was dragging her back left leg and after a walk of about 50 yards was having to be carried home ..Thursday morning this week morning walk the same at 5am I went to work and when my husband tried to get her out for her jobbies at 9am she couldn't walk so hubby rushed her to the vets and Simon our vet said it had spread to her spine ..Now I have been asking if he thought it could be cancer his reply was you would need a scan to find out but I wouldn't have thought Liver Disease and diabetes would spread to her spine ..But she is now at peace and out of pain but I am missing her so much the house is empty without her she was such a large character ...Thank you all so much for the info posted on her illness as it has been a huge help to me ...Enjoy your wonderful Schnauzers large and small they are a very special breed take care and a very sad me will leave you in peace x
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Re: Diabetes

Postby zeta1454 » 07 Oct 2016, 21:04

So very sad to hear your news.
Thinking of you and sending hugs :ymhug: :ymhug:
RIP sweet Lexi xx
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Re: Diabetes

Postby Cam2 » 10 Oct 2016, 21:38

So sorry to read this Sue :( :(
Having cared for a diabetic dog...I know how difficult it is to deal with the problems it brings.
Lexi had a wonderful life with you, my thoughts are with you at this time xx
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Re: Diabetes

Postby Champ629 » 11 Oct 2016, 20:26

So very sorry to read this.

Thinking of you Sue, you did your very best for Lexi.
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Re: Diabetes

Postby bob » 07 Aug 2017, 12:51

Hi

sorry about your dogs diabetes , My female dog has been a diabetic for nearly 2 years and has 2 insulin jabs a day.
I started off with a vet pen but my vet seemed to think that I got better results with a needle so I use that twice a day.
Simple once you get used to it. With a schnauzer it matters where you inject.
The back of the neck is quite thick so move your jab down a bit.

Research by my vet indicates that you inject first and 30 minutes later feed. They need 3 feeds a day to keep blood sugar correct.

You will find that it can take some weeks / mths to get the dosage right , I have been as high as 17 units twice a day but eventually 9 units twice a day works.

I now check the fat content carefully and this seems to work , my girl was 14 last week

Don't give up just persevere and give them love

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