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|09-17-2008, 07:31 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Success giving insulin to their yorkie
Has anyone had success maintaining there yorkie on insulin?
I found out today my 7 month old has juvenile Diabetes and the vet didn't really give me much hope on how this could be treated, or monitored so my little guy could have any quality of life. To make it worse he has a liver issue which is probably a portal shunt. With the diabetes he is not a good candidate for surgery.
|09-17-2008, 09:15 PM
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: So. California
I do not have experience with yorkies and insulin, but I did have a cairn terrier for 16 years and the last 1 1/2 yrs, she was diabetic and I had to give her daily injections. I had to work closely with the vet for the first few weeks to get the doseage regulated, but after that she did fine. It was extremely hard for me because I absolutely hate shots and cannot even watch someone getting one, yet I HAD to do this for her. Every once in a while, she would yelp when giving her the shots and I would just sit down on the floor and cry my eyes out. But I knew that this was the only way to maintain her quality of life.
Sonya, Owned by Ladybug, Tilly, Sunshine, Beamer, Rainbow, Sonny and Righteous RIP Sunnie (11/12/2003-7/31/2009)
|09-25-2008, 11:03 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: MO USA
I had a Yorkie/Poodle mix that was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8, I was very lucky to have a vet who was very educated concerning canine diabetes. He was put on th science diet WD, and i successfully gave him two insilun shots a day for the next five yrs, until he passed away at age 13. He did very well, and had near normal life after diagnosis. Unfortunatly he did go blind about 1 yr before he passed away, but he was still a trooper, and a happy little guy.
If a dogs owner is willing to go to the expense, and time, to take care of their dog, then the vet should be willing to explain to you the details about how to go about it. Of course my dog did not have juvenile diabetes, so I have no idea if that is a different situation or not.
Your vet should be able to explain to you what the options, and treatments are, and then let the decision be yours. If he/she does not do that then i would be finding a vet who will!
I wish you the best for your little baby!
|09-25-2008, 12:10 PM
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: North Carolina
My Maltese Lady has been a diabetic for seven years. Giving insulin shots everyday is a way of life for us.
Seriously, it's no big deal. They key is to get him regulated as quickly as possible and either learn to test him yourself or take him to the vet regularly for curves.
If your vet isn't knowledgable about canine diabetes, you need to find a vet who is. This is a very treatable disease.
There is a wealth of information here:
Pets with Diabetes: Diabetes Education Index
|09-25-2008, 06:44 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
I fostered a male Yorkie that was 8 yrs old. They diagnosed him when I took him to the vet. They thought his slight obesity contributed to it. Not knowing his whole background and history made it hard to get a clear picture on his state of health. He looked ok on the outside. We had him on insulin shots twice a day and prescription food from hill's. he did well for awhile but had frequent trips to the emergency vet for hypo and hyper episodes no matter how careful with him. it was a guessing game/trial and error on how much insulin the vet would put him on. he would do well on a dose and then need to have it adjusted.
I would recommend getting a 2nd or even 3rd opinion since your little one is so young and has other issues complicating the diagnosis.