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#958703 - 19th Aug 2015 7:52pm Misty *****
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Got some bad News about my Akita Misty on Monday,turns out she's diabetic.She picked a virus up in May,then she got a cold which she got over both of those herself but then she got a sore eye so took her to the vets.He checked her eyes & noticed she is getting cataracts,so he wanted to do a urine test which showed she had it,took her back Monday for blood tests to confirm & she started on insulin on Tuesday.I've got to learn to inject her but I'll be doing that at the vets,meanwhile I'm practising on a lemon.I don't want to stick needles in her but it will get better once I'm used to it.It's not the end of the world & I can ask someone on one of the sites I'm on as she's got a diabetic Akita
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#958704 - 19th Aug 2015 8:14pm Re: Misty [Re: starakita]
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Oh Star so sorry for you. My little lhaso apso developed this. It's not easy but some people cope with it very well . My little fellas was 13 and had already gone blind and deaf so really he had no quality of life but I didn't want to let him go.i struggled on with the injections but most of the time think I wasn't doing it right.In the end due to his age etc I had to let him go. As I say there are many many dogs and owners who overcome this and get on with a normal life. Wish you well and sure it will be ok x

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#958705 - 19th Aug 2015 8:26pm Re: Misty [Re: cools]
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Well I think she's about 6,we were told she was between 2 & 4 when I got her.I've had her 4 yrs in September but she should still have a good quality of life.She can see but not as good as she used to,I just feel mean giving her injections,been shown how but not actualy done it myself the vet has done it but I'll need to do it seeing as they're shut on Sundays he'll make sure I'm confident in doing it though.
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#958706 - 19th Aug 2015 8:40pm Re: Misty [Re: starakita]
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I won't lie Star it's hard to do but once you've grown confident in doing it , I'm sure it will just be routine. I don't think I ever did it right just not good at things like that and used to dread it.your Misty sounds in better health than my Toby was so you gather your courage and be confident and I'm sure you will be fine. I do feel for you x

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#958707 - 19th Aug 2015 9:00pm Re: Misty [Re: starakita]
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Another thing to look into is buying insulin online you will need a prescription "they charge for them now but use to be free" These where up to a third of the price cheaper than the vet even syringes, one i used was bestpet.co.uk now called medicanimal.com for a couple of years.

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#958708 - 19th Aug 2015 9:03pm Re: Misty [Re: starakita]
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Yeah I agree with KarlB, it's so expensive the insulin I did go online myself in the end.

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#958710 - 19th Aug 2015 9:06pm Re: Misty [Re: cools]
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That's what my vet said to do it will be cheaper online but I've got to wait til she's stabilised.She's only on a low dose & she's getting another blood test Friday afternoon.
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#958711 - 19th Aug 2015 9:12pm Re: Misty [Re: starakita]
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You must be feeling so anxious and upset at the moment but give it a week you'll be in a different place . Good luck x

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#958713 - 19th Aug 2015 9:17pm Re: Misty [Re: starakita]
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Oh Claire, keep loving her as you do. She will know everything your doing for her, is for the best. X

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#958714 - 19th Aug 2015 9:19pm Re: Misty [Re: cools]
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I did feel upset at first but I've had loads of positive comments getting support from people so I do feel a bit better,I'll be glad when we've got settled into the new routine,just feel for Misty getting her shots but I don't think she notices them & she should be back to her old self again.
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#958717 - 19th Aug 2015 9:27pm Re: Misty [Re: starakita]
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Yeah they're big dogs arnt they, have a treat in one hand to distract her And as you say she won't even notice. Make sure it's a treat she can have x

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#958718 - 19th Aug 2015 9:49pm Re: Misty [Re: cools]
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That's what I'm going to ask but I havn't had to change her diet as yet & she seems to be ok.She's quite laid back she's been good because I've had to put drops in her eye & she doesn't make a fuss
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#958719 - 19th Aug 2015 9:55pm Re: Misty [Re: cools]
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Best wishes to you and Misty Hope her health gets stable soon.

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#958724 - 19th Aug 2015 10:39pm Re: Misty [Re: valli]
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my mongrel was diagnosed a couple of months ago, his sight has deteriorated quite quickly, its important to feed and inject at the same times each day, if you live by me, i will quite happily show you how to inject
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#958726 - 19th Aug 2015 11:04pm Re: Misty [Re: eggandchips]
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She started her insulin on Tuesday she has her breakfast then I've been getting her to the vet at 9:30 he's been showing me but I'll have to do it sometime this week but under his supervision till I'm confident.she's been getting her dinner around 4:30 luckily she's been caught early but it has affected her sight,she can see but it must be like looking through a mist for her.Thanks for the offer of help though egg.
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