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My Dog is Diabetic

Updated on August 17, 2014

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When we found out our Nattie girl had canine diabetes, we were upset and scared but mostly in the dark about what diabetes actually is and how to manage it. Online searches provided technical information (which we desperately needed), but what really helped reassure and comfort us were the stories of others who were caring for diabetic pets.

This lens will provide some links to canine diabetes resources, but the main purpose will be to share our story and experiences. We'll add updates as our adventure unfolds.

NOTE: There is no substitute for your veterinarian's guidance. This lens merely shares our experiences and is not intended as advice or instruction.

Something's Wrong

December 5 - 8, 2011

It seemed to happen pretty fast. Nattie woke us in the night with an urgent need to go out. The next day after work, we found a large "accident" spot in the hall. We let her out more often and made sure we saw her empty her bladder when she was out.

Two days after the nighttime urgency began, she soaked the sofa cushion (and herself) while we were at work. We called the vet and expected, after researching online, that we would be facing a stretch of hormone therapy for incontinence.

NEVER SELF DIAGNOSE!

A well behaved dog who begins wetting in the house may not be diabetic but still needs to see the vet for diagnosis and care

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At the Vet's Office

December 9, 2011

When we made the appointment, the veterinary assistant asked us to try to bring Nattie in with a full bladder, or to bring a fresh urine sample. (An offer to wring out the sofa cushion didn't meet with their approval.) If you've ever chased your dog around the yard with an old Cool Whip container, trying to nab that evasive dribble, you'll understand why I jumped on the "bring her in with a full bladder" option and whisked her to the vet the minute I got home from work.

Always leave it to the professionals! The technician came out with a swell gizmo that looked a little like a condiment cup on the end of a weenie roasting stick. Nattie obliged us almost immediately upon stepping outside.

Nattie and I were alone in the waiting room when the technician came out and said there was sugar in the urine. Naïve of diabetes as I was, I still figured this wasn't good. A blood test confirmed the diagnosis and minutes later we were talking with the veterinarian.

The Good News ... and the Inevitable News

(Still December 9, 2011)

The vet examined Nattie and proclaimed her healthy, otherwise, with clear eyes and a good heart. We had caught it very early and he said most dogs he sees are much sicker. There were no ketones present in her urine or blood (which would have been a sign the diabetes had progressed to potentially dangerous ketoacidosis).

Much as I hoped that meant this was just a wakeup call and we'd be admonished to take off some weight with diet and exercise, that's not how it works with dogs. Diabetic dogs are insulin dependent. Unlike humans, there is no Type 2 Diabetes in dogs. Canine Diabetes is Type 1, Diabetes Mellitus. (There are rare cases of Diabetes Insipidus, which may be treated differently.) Nattie would be on insulin treatment, administered by injection, for the rest of her life.

Because the vet was going out of town for a few days, we decided to start insulin treatment on Monday evening, when he would be available in case of an emergency. This also meant my husband could be there for the insulin instruction as well, essential if we were both to care for Nattie.

Treatment

Making the Commitment

The vet asked if I wanted to discuss things with my husband before deciding treatment. I thought this was odd, but after reading up on canine diabetes, I realized the cost isn't the only reason people choose to decline insulin treatment. The financial investment is not small. (I'll detail our costs, later in this lens.) There's also a time commitment and increased attention to your pet's behavior and routines. There's no way around having to poke your dog with a needle. And, some people just don't believe in medicating their pets to this level. In some cases, conflicted owners are able to "re-home" their pets, adopting them out to a household that can follow the insulin regimen.

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Big Changes

December 10 - 12, 2011

Insulin is only part of the treatment. In order to regulate Nattie's glucose levels, she also needed to make major (for us) dietary changes. Originally, the vet told us this meant no more human food (ever!) and even no more dog treats. Nattie got her usual chow, and that was it.

This was much harder on us than on her! Feeding treats was part of our daily routine. She got half a biscuit when she came in from outside. In the mornings, she hopped up on the bed for a Beggin' Strip. (For the uninitiated, that's a bacon-like treat featured in the world's most accurate television commercial showing a dog going nuts for "bacon." It's also known as "puppy crack," in our house.) On Saturday nights, Nattie's enthusiastic greeting of the pizza delivery person was predicated on her receiving "pizza bones:" the outer crusts of our pizza slices.

Feeding Nattie was one way we showed love. Her diagnosis and the resulting restrictions meant we had to challenge our thinking. Now food seemed like the enemy.

Nattie expressed her displeasure by choosing to stay outside more (since there wasn't a treat for coming in). She also went on a mini- hunger strike, turning up her nose at her usual chow. We spent the weekend feeling sad and worried at this change in or lives.

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More Information - Online Resources

While waiting for our next visit with the vet, we were anxious to learn more about what we could expect in caring for a diabetic dog. As with all online searches, there is good information and questionable information. Our research helped us feel more in control, but also inspired more questions for the vet.

Here are some of the sources we found helpful.

Insulin Instruction

December 12, 2011

We returned to the vet to begin Nattie's insulin treatment. The veterinary technician was patient and encouraging and took time to answer the page and a half of questions I'd brought along. Nattie had eaten before our appointment, so we gave her the first shot on the spot, with the vet tech's guidance. Not nearly as bad as I'd imagined. This was greatly helped by the fact that Nattie didn't so much as flinch.

But, perhaps the best part: the vet tech slipped Nattie a treat after her shot. We all perked up at that! Treats!? There are treats? Turns out Nattie can have a controlled number of prescription biscuits every day. Ah. Life makes sense again!

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Sharing Your News

Who to Tell

There are some practical reasons to tell people about your pet's diabetes diagnosis. Friends and neighbors who are used to giving your dog treats need to be advised those days are over. It's also a good idea for them to know what behavior changes might indicate a diabetic complication, so they can advise you immediately if they notice a change in your pet.

For me, telling my friends and associates about Nattie's diagnosis was completely selfish. I needed to talk about it to cope with it. Most friends expressed concern and offered encouragement. One friend's empathy and affection for Nattie is so great that the news caused her to lose sleep. I was surprised when I sensed judgment from some we told. Because Nattie is overweight, I think they felt we brought this on ourselves. (Although obesity is a factor in treating diabetes, research has not confirmed it as a primary cause, and our vet assured us we had not caused Nattie's diabetes.) For the most part, talking about Nattie's diabetes was positive and helped me feel more hopeful.

Initial Expenses

Our Cost - Yours May Vary

We left the vet well armed to care for Nattie - and with more than a small charge to the credit card. The cost of veterinary services varies widely, even within a single city. We've been told our vet is a little pricey, by those with more experience. Here's a breakdown of the initial costs (in US dollars):

Initial office visit (examination and comprehensive testing): $152.50

Second visit (insulin instruction): $33.00

Insulin (10ml bottle): $66.39

Syringes (100 count): $23.40

Sharps container (for used needles, with disposal fee) $6.00

Prescription dog food (18 pound bag): $41.00

Prescription dog biscuits (24 ounces): $5.99

It looks like the 18 pound bag of food will last more than a month, as will the insulin. The syringes will last almost 2 months. The biscuits lasted about 3 weeks. We found out our pharmacy provides a sharps container free of cost with the syringe prescription, so that won't be an ongoing cost.

Don't worry - I'll do the math for you when we've been at this a while, and post a module on the ongoing costs.

And, a Urinary Tract Infection

A Potential Side Effect of Diabetes

While waiting in the exam room on insulin instruction day, I noticed some pale blood drops on the floor. Turns out Nattie had a urinary tract infection.

UTIs aren't uncommon in diabetic dogs. The glucose in the dog's urine provides a veritable buffet of goodies to bacteria in the urinary tract. The UTI was confirmed by another urinalysis.

Fortunately, treatment is easy with antibiotics. Nattie was enthusiastic about it: the pills were wrapped in a scrap of fat free cheese! (Note: be sure to check with your vet about how to administer antibiotics. Some prescriptions, such as tetracycline, are rendered ineffective when combined with dairy products.)

Update: In the Routine

December 24, 2011

It's been about 2 weeks since Nattie's diabetes diagnosis. We're all used to the shots. Nattie sits and lowers her head to let us get at her shoulder area. We alternate the injection location. The fur is the biggest challenge - getting down to skin! The vet tech suggested wetting it down, but we're doing okay without that.

Nattie was enthusiastic about the prescription food at first, but the novelty wore off after about 3 days. She adores plain old frozen green beans, so we add those to her food, as well as using them as treats. She was unimpressed by the addition of chicken stock (homemade - no fat or salt) on her food, but frozen in a cup, in place of her much beloved frozen soy milk treats, chicken stock is okie dokie. She gets that about twice a week.

Blood Glucose Curve

January 4, 2012

At about the 3 week mark, the vet wanted Nattie back for a day of blood tests, called a BG (Blood Glucose) Curve. She stayed at the vet all day and the tech drew blood about every hour or so, to see how well regulated Nattie's diabetes is. Normal dogs have a BG level of about 125, the vet said. Nattie's was over 400 when she was seen initially, in December. (Yikes!) During the BG Curve, her levels ranged from 90 to 111. The vet staff were very pleased and impressed by her diabetic control and we've lowered the insulin dose from 10 units to 9 units, still twice a day.

We are tremendously relieved! Some dogs can take months, or even a year, to become regulated on insulin. We still take a small container of Karo (corn) syrup with us when we leave the house. Stress or even too much exercise can cause a hypoglycemic (dangerously low blood sugar) reaction and the syrup could save her life while we get to the vet.

Update: A Very Perky Pup

January 8, 2012

One of the women on the veterinarian's staff predicted: "you're going to notice she acts so much better, when you didn't think anything was wrong." She was right. We hadn't really noticed a change in Nattie's behavior. A 9 year old dog is going to be a little quieter than a 2 year old. But, since we've gotten her regulated, she is much more energetic. She grabs toys and wants to play and enjoys long walks. She is bright and attentive and playful and we all feel much less worry than we did a month ago!

Road Trip

February 2, 2012

Traveling with a diabetic pet takes a bit more preparation. Even though ours was just a day trip, we packed a bag for Nattie and planned for the possibility of having to stay overnight. That meant bringing her prescription food, special dog treats, and the ever-present Karo (corn) syrup (for emergencies). It also meant packing a small cooler with cold packs for the insulin and taking along a couple of syringes. We didn't end up being gone long enough to have to administer a shot, but we felt better knowing we were ready in the event of an automotive breakdown or other unexpected event.

We visited friends with dogs, and they were aware of Nattie's special dietary needs. Still, we were vigilant and made sure Nattie didn't sneak one of the other dog's treats. She did get a few more of her treats than she normally would have, as a distraction when the others had a biscuit. It was an enjoyable day with a pack of dogs!

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Diabetic Diet

What Does Nattie Eat?

Everything we feed Nattie has been approved by our vet. Do not feed your dog any of these items on our recommendation. Follow only your vet's instructions.

Nattie eats a prescription dog food (Purina Veterinary Diets DCO Dual Fiber Formula). She gets 1 1/4 cup of "crunchies" with 3/4 cup of thawed frozen green beans twice a day. During the day, she gets up to 6 prescription dog biscuits (we break them in half). They're also from the vet: Purina Veterinary Diets Lite Snackers. During the day, she also gets green beans as a snack and she likes to crunch them, one by one, still frozen. Two or three times a week, she gets a frozen dog treat. I make my own salt free, fat skimmed chicken stock (no onions in Nattie's) and freeze it in condiment cups. Once a week, she can have a raw beef bone.

We're lucky that we have complete control over Nattie's diet and there's no one sneaking her a treat. Since her diagnosis, she's had not so much as a lick of "human food" or table scraps. Understandably, in some households, it's much harder to keep a diabetic dog out of other pets' bowls and away from the well intentioned "just one treat" sneakers.

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Thank You!

This lens was selected as Lens of the Day and also won a Purple Star. We're grateful to those who chose to honor the lens, and to all of you who have visited!

Update: In December 2012, this lens was selected as one the 10 best pet lenses by Squidoo's Squid Angels. We appreciate the many blessings bestowed upon this lens! Thank you!

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      Jammie 17 months ago

      I have a blue heeler, "Blue" that was recently diagnosed with diabetes and he had many of the same issue's as your pup. I am doing the insulin twice a day and the last time we were at the vet to get his blood sugar tested he was actually low so they lowered his dose. I just wanted to respond to your post and say thank you for the ideas for treats! I am feeding him a "fat dog" dog food but I am guilty of still giving him a small rawhide each night before he goes into his crate for the night.

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      Alex 18 months ago

      My sweet girl Izzy was diagnosed with diabetes this week. We are waiting on insulin to arrive so we are preparing for her dietary changes- already started Hill's WD diet food. She's doing well. Even with the new food she is having good response. This article as so helpful and makes me feel much better. Thank you so so much!

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      bossypants 3 years ago from America's Dairyland

      @pamela-fernandes-56884: Pamela, I'm sorry for your sad news and wish all the best in finding a home for your girl. Thank you for your kind words -- I wish there were more I could do to help you with your dog and wish you both all the best.

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      pamela-fernandes-56884 3 years ago

      Thank you for this article. My lovely 9yr old Lab recently was diagnosed with a BG level over 600! I am attempting to rehome her as I cannot do all of this due to my insane schedule. It wouldn't be fair for her! But your article was the best I read on line.. so Thank you Thank you Thank you!

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      Lucky enough there are still people who will do any thing for their pet, and it shows how much you love your Nattie, it is a wonderful lens and it will help a lot of people with diabetic pets, thank you for sharing

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      @anonymous: Glad, you visited, Jean! You and Minnie are in our thoughts. You can do this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bossy pants, I just found out my little dog Minnie has diabetes, so I am reading your lens with much interest. I'm scared and worried for us. You are helping me to feel better about managing it. When we got to meet Nattie I never guessed she had diabetes. Thank you for writing this

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Having missed the day, congratulations on the award:) Love and kisses to your superdog:)

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      MexicoTravel 4 years ago

      I see how much you love Nattie!

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      Your dog is really cute.

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      Your dog is really cute.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Wow, this lens is so touching and I really enjoyed reading it. Very emotional. I'm so pleased that Nattie found the right help, she's such a pretty dog :-)

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      Sunnyd123 4 years ago

      Aww Nattie is beautiful,i am glad that she is feeling better now :-)

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      @anonymous: We wish you all the best with Sara! She is lucky to have your love and care -- and I can tell you know you are the lucky one to be with her. Please stay in touch and let us know how you're doing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This really helped me since my 8yr German Shepherd mix Sara was diagnosed as diabetic in Dec. 2012, she had glaucoma, so 1 eye removed and she's not regulated yet. We can't go on trips anymore. I'll ask my vet about special treats. I'm getting ready to retire so this will be expensive but I love her and she's doing great.

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      Nattie is beautiful!

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      jessjohnson lm 4 years ago

      You have a very beautiful dog.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Stopping by to congratulate Nattie on being honored with being on the 10 Amazing Pet Lenses From the SquidAngels.....waiting to be able to refresh my blessing on this. Since learning about Nattie's diabetes, I heard about other dogs having it as well. I love your commitment to carefully monitoring her intakes and not weakening with treats....I love her smile!

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      nightbear lm 4 years ago

      I truly loved coming back to see your gorgeous page and remembering your precious pooch

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      Very beautiful dog, though I'm more of a cat person. Thanks for sharing this lens!

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      GARYG68 4 years ago

      Excellent lens, well done for supplying all this information, good luck to you.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      What a beautiful dog.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      Back to revisit Nattie's very important story. You've done a wonderful job covering diabetes in dogs - I have one dog who has been on thyroid pills twice a day for 6 years now (his thyroid just up and died...). He's pretty happy as are all of my rescued pups. Blessed!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      My friend has a diabetic cat and she is well used to her daily routine (the cat that is!) She has insulin and a pill and obviously a controlled diet. I have metabolic syndrome so I relate to what was said about the energy levels once treatment is started. Two days after diabetic treatment was started I was dancing round the house whereas before moving was an effort! People should be encouraged by this lens. Pets respond well! Great lens!

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Nettie is so lucky to have you!! I'm more of a cat person (still love dogs, though), and have had to care for their serious illnesses while they died.... one of the hardest things to do. Thanks for a great lens and congrats on becoming a Giant Squid, well-deserved!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Thanks for this informative lens! I learned a lot. Your Nattie is a beautiful dog girl! Kudos to you for taking such good care of her.

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      ikepius 4 years ago

      I never knew animals could also be diabetic. This has been thoroughly informative. I wish Nattie girl the best.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations bossypants on your new Giant Squid status!!!

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      Cindy 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Nattie is such a beautiful dog Bossypants, I love reading your stories of her and thank you for sharing your journey of controlling her diabetes. Congrats on all your successes with this lovely article, squid giant, purple star and LOTD:) Hugs to you and Nattie. xoxo

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      congrats on reaching squidoo giant . Highly informative lens. Didn't know dogs do have diabetes

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      It is nice to meet the bossy pants in your family and a big congratulations on reaching Squidoo giant status.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      When I see your beautiful Nattie, tears come to my eyes. I miss my Samoyed, Krystal who was the best friend I ever had!

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      Chris-H LM 4 years ago

      Cute lens. Congratulations on Giant status. Your dog is lucky to have such a loving owner.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congratulations on becoming a Giant...

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Your Nattie is a gorgeous girl! And you all are blessed to have each other. It is good of you to share your diabetic dog story with other dog lovers who may have to deal with this issue themselves.

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      savingmoneywith 4 years ago

      Awww a really sweet story to read! Thanks for sharing.

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      Earnlat 4 years ago

      Glad she's doing well!

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      Jack 4 years ago

      Nattie is a beautiful dog.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Nattie is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing her (and your) struggle adjusting to diabetes. This well-written page was a wonderful way to be introduced to a brand new Giant. Welcome to Squidoo Giant-dom. :) Nice to meet you.

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      Ahdilarum 4 years ago

      well. great tips about the health care of pet dogs

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LoTD! I've read this lens before ... my white GS dog has the other side of the "pancreatic coin" so to speak. The pancreas is a two fold organ with insulin on one side and digestive enzymes on the other. My dog has Enzyme Pancreatic Insufficiency. Nattie is a gorgeous dog and I'm glad she is in a home where she is loved and cared for!

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      Nattie is a lucky dog to have you to care for her. I've never had a diabetic dog, but have had dogs with health issues that needed to be managed. It's a lot of work, but well worth the reward. Thanks for a great lens and congrats on your new status.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      Gorgeous girl - and so sweet about her injections! I only have to deal with giving two cats thyroid tablets twice a day - and I'm lucky they are both darlings about taking their tabs. I don't know how I would cope with giving injections!

      *CONGRATULATIONS* on giant squid too!

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Fantastic lens! So good that Nattie has you to take care of her. Love the photo of her in the Squidoo shirt at the end. Congratulations on becoming a giant squid!

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      irminia 4 years ago

      Extremely well written lens and a beautiful dog and a caring dog owner :))))

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      Beautiful dog. I love the lens.

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      Mr-Panda LM 4 years ago

      That is crazy how dogs can even get diabetes. I hope the best for your puppy!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      What a beautiful dog! And a very thoughtful, well designed lens. Congrats on your new Giant status.

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      Super lens!! Thanks for sharing all the information! Nattie is sure a beautiful dog!!

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      I love your dog. She is so cute. Good info. Mr friend's dog is diabetic. I'll have to forward this lens on to her.

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      irenemaria 4 years ago from Sweden

      I have had pets. Dogs and cats so I know that there is almost nothing I would NOT do to treat a pet.

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      malena10 4 years ago

      Nattie is so cute!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Back for a visit, and congrats on LotD! One of my brothers had a diabetic kitty and gave her insulin shots twice a day for years. You guys are great!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Congrats on LotD!

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Important information you put here.

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      I didn't realize dogs could be diabetic.

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      i admire you.. i'd also do everything i could for my lab..pets are family!

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      SadSquid 5 years ago

      Very informative and useful lens, and the pictures of Nattie are lovely! I hope she's doing well.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      @anonymous: You are an inspiration! That's a lot of care. Please give him a gentle hug from all of us who are caring for special needs pets!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a diabetic dog with almost 14 years old. He started with over 500. We are giving him home care. 34 of insulin twice a day and his SPECIAL DIET.

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      jewelenterprises 5 years ago

      While it's always sad to hear about sick pets your commitment to and love for your dog is heartwarming. Thanks for posting this.

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      chris1402 5 years ago

      what a lovely looking dog, with a caring owner.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      Diabetes took one of my boy's Dam suddenly.

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      shalimarjan 5 years ago

      very nice lens and very cute dog.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Hey Nattie! :) Hugs from Lana (and me too!) :)

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      julia007 5 years ago

      God bless your dog!

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      dogsrspecial 5 years ago

      Nice lens and lots of help for a problem that is pretty common. I hope your dog is doing well. Please check out my new (first) lens and like it if you think it deserves it. My special passion is older dogs who need homes. Good luck!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      So pleased you are getting on top of this awful disease. My little girl, Minnie, left me on Easter Saturday due to a heart murmur and complications. Congrats on the award and featured now on Blessed by Sliesgreen 2012 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2. Hugs.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Your dog is very cute! Thanks for sharing such an informative Lens! And hope your dog will be better!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Thank you for this very informative lens and for taking such good care of your precious pup. d

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      dumutu 5 years ago

      Hi, thank you for sharing. Despite that, I hope your dog can have a happy life. I love dog, thank you for caring your dog so much.

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      Luminosity LM 5 years ago

      Well organized well executed informational lens.

      Thank you and your dog.

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 5 years ago

      This is a really great lens and your other lenses look very interesting too. I'm a total dog person so I'm sure I'll visit them all! Lol.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd; incredibly beautiful dog! ;) Blessed.

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on LOTD! Great point about not self-diagnosing. You never what the problem might be until a professional gives their opinion.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Gratz on LOTD! Very nice and informative lens thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nattie is a beautiful dog. Glad that she's now perky and feeling better. She is lucky to have you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just peeking back in to look at that lensrank....and smile, congratulations once again!

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      MissingPersonso 5 years ago

      Beautiful as always, Nattie girl. Great read and I learned something I never knew.

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      DiscoverWithAndy 5 years ago

      My girlfriends dog is diabetic as well. It really is a lot of work between the injections and home-made dog food for every meal. Thanks for bringing attention to such a strong topic.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Congratz on ur LOTD!

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      gutscheinratgeber 5 years ago

      Wow... this is really a nice Dog! Beautiful :)

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      yuliss lm 5 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for sharing such a personal issue. Your post is really nicely done, and I hope this creative lens helps other's whose dogs are living healthy regardless of chronic illness.

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      brendajoy 5 years ago

      What a gorgeous puppy! How blessed she is to have such caring people. I love dogs, and I'm happy you wrote this lens. I am not giving my dog any more people food, and I am going to have the Vet check him out. Such good information. Congrats on the LOTD.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      What a great lens, itâs very well done, thanks for sharing. Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses AND Lens Of The Day!

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      Bobski606 5 years ago

      Nattie is beautiful. I hope you have many long and happy years to come.

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      Cinnamonbite 5 years ago

      I had a diabetic cat for a couple of days. She had dragging hindquarters, throwing up bile, took her to the vet, they checked her, and she had diabetes. Ok. I got the needles. I practiced. I was ready. I was supposed to not give her a shot until she ate and it took her a couple of days to eat. She finally ate a little, I gave her a shot. I managed a heavy sigh and walked away. A few minutes later she passed out into a coma, half off her cat castle and we rushed her to the emergency clinic. Guess what? The diabetes had gone away and the shot almost killed her. After that, she was never sick again and lived another 17 years.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      I found out soy is very hard on humans and animals digestive system and can cause many health problems. http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/soy.htm

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Great Lens and beautiful dog

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Aww Nattie is one pretty doggie. (the pic in the car makes herlook like a wolf howling at the moon) I'm including this in my Pets section of my Favorite lenses lens

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      This was something completely new to me. I don't have a dog but my sister and brother each have their own. I wasn't even aware a dog can get diabetes. I'm glad things are back to "normal" again and I wish many happy years to Nattie :)

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      asiliveandbreathe 5 years ago

      I don't have pets myself, but I have shared this informative lens on Facebook for my dog-loving friends.

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      gold3 5 years ago

      I had no idea about pets having diabetes. Great lens!

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      Horseluv924 5 years ago

      I hope your puppy gets better. What kind of dog is Nattie?

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      What a beautiful and adorable white fur ball your Nattie is! I'm so sorry about her diabetes and glad to hear she is doing better now. Your love and dedication is very heartwarming and she is very lucky to have you and your husband as owners. And congratulations on this lens being named LOTD!

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      benn866vah 5 years ago

      thanks for great information and i hope it get better

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      Achronophilia 5 years ago

      nice info, even though it's for pets, but me myself is a diabetic. I also can get decent info from this...thanks again

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      Zhana 5 years ago

      Excellent lens, lots of useful information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful dog-Wonderful people.

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      linder 5 years ago

      Nattie is very beautiful!