*This summer the Elmsdale Animal Hospital has been focusing on educating people about different endochrine diseases. This effort has been spearheaded by one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians, Jacy McNutt, who as you'll see from this blog, is heavily invested in these particular illnesses. Check out our Facebook Page for more information on endochrine diseases!*
My dog, Tabby has been in my life as long as I can remember! My parents decided to surprise me with a Yorkie puppy when I was 11 years old. Tabby has always been a very active dog and had always been relatively healthy.
It wasn’t until later in November that I saw a major sign telling me that Tabby wasn’t feeling great. While she was sleeping one day I found that she had urinated herself and didn’t seem to notice. At first, I was unsure that the liquid I was seeing was even urine. It was an extremely large amount of fluid and was very pale yellow in color. When I tried to clean it up the fluid was sticky and it smelled different than regular urine… it was sweet smelling.
Dr. Ashton ran some blood work as well and Diabetes Mellitus was confirmed when the glucose levels in her blood were also found to be elevated.
Tabby was in and out of the vet’s office frequently after her diagnosis. She had numerous blood glucose curves performed to ensure she was on the correct dose of insulin. After about 4 months, Tabby’s blood glucose was finally regulated.
A lot of changes needed to be made at home. We had to create new systems and new habits for Tabby (and our family) to adjust to accommodating her insulin injections. Tabby quickly caught on that she got a special treat (a couple cheerios) when she got her insulin injections. She caught on even quicker that she would get extra cheerios if she sat still!
It’s now July 2018, and Tabby is 13 and a half years old! I remember thinking when Tabby was first diagnosed with Diabetes that it was the end of the world. I realized though over time, and as we all adjusted to her new lifestyle, that it definitely was not the end of the world. Working as a RVT I find myself quite grateful that my dog’s disease is something I can manage for her, while Tabby is still able to thrive and enjoy her life!
- Jacy McNutt, RVT
Dr. Juanita Ashton, BSc, DVM, ACDBC-IAABC is a certified Canine Behavioural Consultant, and one of the owners of the Elmsdale Animal Hospital