Monday Funday

As a diabetic dog owner of a picky eater, meal times are NEVER fun. I’m always shocked (and extremely thankful) when I see an empty bowl. Starting out a Monday morning with your dog staring up at you with those innocent eyes while she refuses to eat… Well those are the days I absolutely dread!! Most days I can tell the difference between Beignet being a diva and being sick. This morning, I really couldn’t.

So instead of heading to work, I headed to Southern Hills Animal Hospital to leave Miss. B with her favorites. She was literally crying and moaning at the locked door when we arrived. While we waited, Andouille (who I had to bring since our plans changed unexpectedly) decided to escape her collar and make me chase her through the parking lot in this 100 degree heat🥵. Thankfully she did not make a mad dash onto Bert Kouns which is a very busy highway and eventually let me grab her.

I managed to make it to work a little after 9. Just called to check at the start of our lunch break, and discover she’s still not eating😭. I mentioned to Dr. Brad this morning, I was worried about her kidneys with the recent eye swelling since that wasn’t checked and today was our first time to see him since before all that drama. He agreed she should get an electrolyte panel. He was also doing a screen for kidney function that picks up renal disease earlier than just an abnormal creatinine. I can’t even imagine if I have to add another diagnosis to her list😳. Prayers the labs are all normal!

Dr. Brad said some research is being done on autoimmune conditions such as hers. He thinks her eye is a part of the autoimmune process. There’s even work being done on special diets. It’s difficult to have a dog like Beignet. She’s so full of life and love but her system is completely messed up. I know at some point all of this will get the best of her, but until then I will do my best to keep her healthy. Part of the reason for the blog is to share our story as well as to help educate those with pets with special healthcare needs. The other part is that this blog can help raise funds to help with Beignet’s care without having to spend any money. Please subscribe to our page by entering your email address. Also LIKE our Facebook page. And the most important thing you can do is remember that pets are family. They deserve our very best!

Sincerely,

Devoted Doxie Mom

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Doxie at the Dentist

So as most of you know, we stuck around Dallas yesterday to be able to see a doggy dentist. Beignet’s veterinary opthalmologist, Dr. Warren, highly recommended, Dr. Sunny Ruth at Victory Bark veterinary clinic in Dallas, Texas. We were so thankful Dr. Ruth was able to fit us in for a 5pm appointment while we were already in the Dallas area. Dr. Ruth confirmed what Dr. Brad’s told us since Beignet was diagnosed with diabetes – she has 2 fractured molars. The right side is worse with a little bit of root exposed. Despite Beignet having severe eye swelling of only her right eye, it is not related to to the fractured tooth. If that tooth were to be absessed, it would end up causing the eye on that side as well as the cheek to swell and occasionally cause a drainage tract of pus from around the eye. Yuck!

Beignet’s tooth is definitely at higher risk to absess. Dachshunds have notoriously bad dentition. Dr. Ruth said it is really impressive for a dachshund of Bennie’s age that her teeth (besides the fractures) look so great! She told me to keep up our at home regimen. I’ll post the products we use at the end of the post for anyone who’s interested. I do personally scale Bennie’s teeth every few months since anesthesia for a dental is so risky for her. Although with an uncooperative dog, scaling could be dangerous and this certainly isn’t advised to be done at home for every dog.

So what’s the plan for the fractures? Dr. Ruth said if it was her own dog with Beignet’s history, she would not do any repairs or extractions. So she agrees we should just do watchful waiting. She will be happy to help if anything changes. I avoided going into detail on all my anesthesia concerns and let her come up with her own plan. I always appreciate a vet who does whats right for the dog and not whats best for their bank account. We already have that with our personal vet, but its nice to see a specialist with that seem mentality. Hopefully since this tooth hasn’t caused issues for the last 20 months – we will keep that tract record.

As far as what’s causing the severe swelling – the consensus is its likely an unknown allergen. My hope is it never happens again in which case I will be fine not knowing what caused it. Allergy testing isn’t overly accurate in dogs and it would likely end up with us on a wild goose chase trying to find an answer that we might not ever be able to confirm. The best news of all is that she doesn’t have a tumor in her orbital area based off of her physical exam findings with Dr. Warren yesterday.

Thanks so much to everyone who’s messaged me to check on Beignet! We will continue to share her story in hopes she can help other pets!

Sincerely,

Devoted Doxie Mom

We use this to scale with as well as the one below which really helps to have if something gets stuck between her teeth.
Clenz-a-dent is a great to help clean those stinky dog mouths and help with dental issues.
These brushes make it easier to reach back to the cracked molars. My other dachshund, Andouille, is completely neurotic and she will actually let me brush her teeth with these.

Eyes Wide Open

Beignet saw her favorite eye doctor, Dr. Warren at Veterinary Eye Institute in Plano. Her eyes are looking great today (unlike the 2 recent episodes in the last couple of weeks). No signs of orbital disease which was a big concern with the recurrence and made it necessary for us to come today instead of waiting for our scheduled appointment in a couple of weeks. So what caused these episodes? Either something dental or it’s due to an unknown allergy. Beignet cracked a molar day 1 of becoming diabetic so the dental one is a definite possibility. Due to all her illnesses, no one has wanted to touch her cracked tooth. Dr. Warren wants to get the opinion from a specialist in Dallas he 100% trusts. I called as soon as we got out of his appointment at 12:45 and Dr. Ruth is able to squeeze us in at 5:00pm today. Will post updates on that in the next few days.

Just remember if your diabetic (or even nondiabetic) dog has snotty eyes – insist on a dry eye test. If your dog does have dry eye, colored mucous means likely means dog’s eyes are reacting to being too dry. This is not “pink eye” and they do not need antibiotic eye drops. If you ever have any concerns about your pet’s eyes and are in this area of the country, definitely come see Dr. Warren and his staff at Veterinary Eye Institute! We’ve never had anything less than a wonderful experience. It’s been worth a 3 hour drive. They have also been incredibly responsive between appointments to every question and concern I’ve had. See Bennie getting dry eye tested below!

Fingers crossed her tooth is okay and if not, that it’s not going to cost me a small fortune. Also, Beignet is still defying the odds since she is still cataract free 20 months post diagnosis!!! The great majority of diabetic dogs get cataracts within 1 year of diabetes diagnosis. Ideally all diabetic pets should be followed by a veterinary ophthalmologist. Please like our Facebook page and subscribe to our page so we can help raise funds for when her day comes by helping us get ad revenue! We also earn money anytime someone purchases a product through links on our posts and if anyone uses our link to purchase the Embark Dog DNA test (which also gives the purchaser $25 off from using our code) – see our post on DNA of a Diabetic Dachshund for more details!

Sincerely,

Devoted Doxie Mom in Dallas

Thankfully a family member had a hotel nearby so we are relaxing in style for the next little bit while we wait to see the dentist.

This girl’s never met a bed she didn’t love!

World’s Most Spoiled Dachshund!

Beignet got super spoiled today by my absolutely amazing work team before she heads to Plano tomorrow! She was so excited and immediately curled up with her new stuffed animal! What would we do without Team Beignet or Team G??? Today’s treat was so absolutely unexpected!We are so blessed! ❤️ each of you!

Praying for a good visit tomorrow!!! Thanks again for all the thoughts and prayers! Don’t forget to like Diary of a Diabetic Dachshund on Facebook and/or subscribe to our blog!

Get Organized!

The most important part of having a special needs pet or family member is staying organized. There are days where I can’t remember whether or not I’ve given Beignet her insulin. Our syringe organizer seen above is actually sold as a lip gloss organizer. Each Sunday I pre-fill Beignets 3x/day metoclopramide syringes and then put 2 insulin syringes per day as well as 2 empty syringes for her pentoxyfiline since those can’t be pre-filled. This way I never have to guess whether or not I gave a shot or med. The easier you make things for yourself, the less stressed you are! If only organizing Bennie’s eye meds was as easy!

Bennie switched from Novolin N to Humalin N about 2 weeks ago thanks to a generous donation of Humalin N from a diabetic patient! Although both are NPH insulin, I am seeing so much improvement on Humalin N so far.

The bad news is that on Saturday night Bennie had to go to the ER Vet after coming inside with her right eye super swollen again😭. We were so thankful that Dr. Saunders from PetStar where she often medical day boards was doing an ER shift. He saw her eye when she was with them during her episode a few weeks ago. Her eye doctor let us know today she can’t wait until her scheduled appointment 8/21/19 so looks like I’m going to have to take off work to take her this week. It’s crazy that it’s happened again. This poor girl can’t catch a break! We would gladly take any volunteers that want to come give her around the clock Benadryl! We can’t do the suspension at all but getting a chewable in her… Let’s just say it’s not fun!

That’s our update! Hope everyone has a great week! Keep sharing our site! The more people we can get to subscribe, the more opportunities we have for earning money to help pay all these vet bills!

Sincerely,

~Devoted Doxie Mom

Allergic Reaction

We’ve had an incredibly busy last week or so. Haven’t had a chance to update to let everyone know that Beignet is doing very well. Her eye turned out to be a severe, prolonged allergic reaction – so no tumor! It was so hard to hear that as an option right after I was told by the amazing vet, where she often medical boards while I’m at work, that things were worsening. So glad that is behind us. We definitely appreciate Dr. Torres from Southern Hills checking on her everyday while Dr. Brad was away on vacation. We’d be absolutely lost without our Southern Hills vet team as well as Dr. Turner, Dr. Saunders and crew at PetStar of Bossier where she medical boards. Beignet is one lucky dog that’s for sure to have so many people that love her! Anyways, she’s behaving at the moment and had a great glucose curve yesterday after switching from Novolin N to Humalin N a week ago. We will post again soon when things slow down. Think we’d all like to be spending our Monday morning like Beignet in the pic above! Have a great week – we plan on it!

~Devoted Doxie Mom

Worry About Cataracts They Said….

Your dog gets a diabetes diagnosis and you’re immediately flooded with comments on your dog’s inevitable cataract diagnosis. So January 2018 my thoughts were on how I needed to have a perfectly controlled diabetic dog because I didn’t think I could justify paying $5000 for cataract surgery but also didn’t want a blind dog.

Fast forward to August 2018 when we discovered a diagnosis much much worse than cataracts – Dry Eye. I didn’t think we could upgrade an eye diagnosis from there – until today.

Yesterday Beignet’s eye doctor was out of the office and someone else viewed her pics. We heard back from her eye doctor this afternoon. He said there is only 2 things that can explain the amount of swelling she has – an allergic reaction or a tumor. A tumor??? He wants me to call Monday and let him know either way whether the swelling is still present. If it’s present he will want to see her so he can access and start the process of figuring things out. I was very hopeful the allergy diagnosis was the culprit when things seemed better this morning. Unfortunately her amazing crew at PetStar let me know around noon that the swelling had definitely increased from when she arrived that morning. They gave her a shot of antihistamine and she continued to swell but did have a decrease in swelling right before I was able to pick her up after 5. We are to keep her on antihistamines throughout the weekend as well as the increased frequency of her steroid eye drop. Of course I pick her up crying and she comes out giving me kisses like she needs to make me feel better…

We need some prayers that this is all just an allergic reaction. If not we definitely need to increase our followers to help cover upcoming expenses. PLEASE, PLEASE subscribe (add your email address – if you are going to our site from your phone please scroll all the way down to subscribe or look to the right on your desktop) AND also LIKE our Facebook page. Please spread the word and let people know how to subscribe even if it’s just liking our Facebook page. We get quite a bit of traffic but lots of comments on people not realizing how to subscribe. We appreciate everyone’s help! I’m also so appreciative of everyone who checked on us today. You know those who truly care about you because they care about your fur babies too! Hearing the word tumor and then having to smile and walk into patient rooms like nothing is wrong is not the easiest thing to do. I definitely could have used some hugs that’s for sure.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and keep sending us positive vibes and prayers!

~Devoted Doxie Mom