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

Seeing But Not Believing

Our day didn’t quite go as planned. No, Bennie didn’t have her first spa day… I actually was about to publish a blog earlier when the doorbell rang. Turned back around and noticed Beignet’s right inner lower lid was bulging/ballooning out. Her eyes had been just fine an hour before when I did midday drops. Pictures were sent to her eye doctor (I won’t post since I know not everyone will want to see). The wonderful, Dr. Tori Torres, was able to squeeze Bennie in since Dr. Brad was out at our regular vet. I was totally freaked out!

Say some prayers this was an allergic reaction and will respond to the antihistamines she got and some extra doses of her steroid eye drops for the next few days. Worst case scenario she has a cyst in her tear duct (which maybe common in dachshunds😬). That will be the suspicion if it doesn’t start to improve. Veterinary Eye Institute said she would need to see Dr. Warren early next week if it doesn’t go down. After a long weekend of call and another doctor already on vacation I really, really don’t want to have to take off work to take her to Dallas. Plus I’m a little nervous about all that would need to be done since she doesn’t tolerate sedation well at all. Wish us luck!

On a side note, only Beignet would actually enjoy wearing the recommended cold compresses! Ironically the cold pack pictured was the smallest I found at either CVS or Walgreens. They totally need child sized cold packs! So came up with a hack for all that Karo syrup diabetic dog parents have via a Google search! Apparently corn syrup freezes and is still very moldable. Our Karo packs seem to be freezing great and will be ready to use in no time!

Hope everyone has a night less eventful than ours!

-Devoted Doxie Mom

Just have to add this pic of Bennie searching for Dr. Brad. She always manages to get to his personal office to look for him when he’s out.

Home Sweet Home Testing

This is a post I started a few weeks ago. I was just about to hit the “publish” button when I looked over and noticed Beignet’s right eye was incredibly swollen for the first time. Needless to say, this has been sitting in the DRAFT section ever since… The information’s important for those with diabetic dogs, so wanted to go ahead and share:

Where would you rather spend your Sunday? At home or the ER vet? You can see my answer in the title to this week’s blog.

Yesterday morning I gave Beignet her insulin shot and about 20 minutes later she started vomiting. Thankfully because I home test my vet said I could give her Cerenia and watch her at home (but of course to bring her in if things didn’t improve). If I didn’t check her sugar at home we would have had to go and I’d probably be out several hundred dollars today.

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Home testing seems like a daunting task, but in actuality, it’s INCREDIBLY easy. There are multiple locations to test from- see 1 of my first blog posts for more details on how to home test and even a video of how I check Bennie’s blood sugar!

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The best way to help a diabetic pet is to Home Test. NEVER would a human diabetic inject insulin without knowing a blood sugar. Also, its been proven that home testing where a dog is in its regular home environment is the MOST ACCURATE way to determine your dog’s response to their insulin dose. Think of it this way, your dog goes to the vet for a blood sugar check. The sugar comes back “good” but what you don’t realize is that your dog’s sugar was very high or low and it either dropped or jumped up because your dog was extremely stressed at the time they checked (i.e., scared of the vet, scared of another animal at the vet, etc).

I know I’m always happy to help anyone wanting to learn to home test. Also the Canine Diabetes Support & Information (CDSI) page is actually where I learned to check Bennie. I check Bennie’s inner upper lip. It sure sounded gruesome to me when it was first suggested by another CDSI member, but once I got started I can’t imagine checking any other way. There are multiple other locations to check. If I can’t help you learn, the crew at CDSI definitely can! Never give up – your dog’s life depends on it.

Happy Home Testing!

-Devoted Doxie Mom