Diary of a Diabetic Dog Mom

I’m about a pound away from being the weight I was when Beignet became diabetic. How disgusting to think that I’ve had to spend the last 13-14 weeks erasing 40lbs of stress. 40lbs lost on a body that has at least 40 more pounds to get rid of. I can celebrate getting my life back, but now I can finally celebrate each pound lost starting from this point forward. I can celebrate being able to wear the wiener dog dress pictured that I once bought on a clearance sale & thought would never fit me – too bad its too hot to actually wear out in public.

The stress and emotional burden on caregivers should never be ignored. As someone who truly enjoys to work-out, I quit. I spent months barely eating but still managing to gain weight. I spent months eating whatever I wanted and definitely gaining weight. I spend most days at a job where I should be a role model and am constantly encouraging my patients to eat healthy and be physically active. However, I was doing none of these things myself. I then stressed over carrying this burden that I was letting not only myself down, but my patients as well. Due to the expense of having a pet with complex medical needs, I also stopped spending money on things that would potentially help me relieve stress – massages, pedicures, facials, etc.

Thankfully, I was able to realize I couldn’t continue on this path. The path that had me weighing more than I’d ever weighed in my entire life. I wasn’t sure where to turn. With my work schedule and my dog care schedule, I had to find something that I could handle without issue on even my most stressful days. My friend Amanda introduced me to the Optavia plan and her sister, Michelle, became my coach. I’ve now lost weight when Beignet had a pancreatitis/IBD flare. I’ve lost weight on days she hasn’t eaten. I’ve lost weight on extremely stressful work days. I’ve never once even had the slightest temptation to deviate from the plan. I don’t have to go anywhere to weigh in. I don’t have to have scheduled visits or phone calls. I only wish I’d found Optavia sooner. The program and the results are absolutely amazing. It’s the easiest “diet” I’ve ever done and for the first time, I know 100% this is something I can maintain forever.

So my advice for anyone out there that’s going through something: Do NOT let it get the best of you! Your health is too important. Your family needs you. Your children and your pets (if you have either) especially need you. You can do it!!! Take it from someone who’s turned it around. It’s possible, but not until you take the first step! And if you need some motivation, I’m here for you! Also message me if you have questions about Optavia and I will get you in touch with Michelle!

Cheers to our health and happiness,

~Devoted Doxie Mom

UPDATE: I am now a Certified Optavia Health Coach and am happy to help anyone else get their life back on track!

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DNA OF A DIABETIC DACHSHUND

Having a human medical background might not always be the best thing when caring for a special needs pet… My medical side is always wanting to know each and every detail on why Beignet is going through everything she’s been through. When she was so sick a month ago, I was on Chewy.com ordering some things for her when an ad for the Embark Dog DNA test came up. From what I read, it was created at a vet school and tests for over 170 different medical conditions. At the time before her pentoxyfilline had kicked in, I wasn’t sure she would survive. I’m also almost certain she could help the future of veterinary medicine in some way. The thought that she could get a genetic diagnosis that could either explain some of what we’ve been through and/or help treat her was too much to resist.

Her kit arrived and I swabbed her mouth and sent it back in several weeks ago. I was embarrassed to tell my vet that I did it. However, he was actually excited that I had done it! We received her results last week which I’m going to attach below. Testing can not only help you determine a genetic predisposition to many conditions, but also can help you discover exactly what breed your Rescue pup is! If you decide you want to test your dog, PLEASE PLEASE use Beignet’s referral code by clicking this link – https://www.talkable.com/x/3mHvwl. You will get $25 off!

First, Embark confirmed she is 100.0% DACHSHUND!!! I guess it might be embarrassing if she wasn’t being that our site is all about being a diabetic dachshund! The test shows that she has a low normal ALT (liver enzyme) so even increases within normal range could indicate liver damage… I, of course, have gone back through some of her labs to look at her previous ALT’s more closely. This gene in no way causes liver damage though. Essentially the rest of her test was unremarkable. Scientists from Embark have emailed me and will use her history to help with future dog DNA discoveries. All in all, I’m really glad I did it! I think knowing the ALT part alone was worth the cost of the test. It kind of made me giggle when it said you could reunite your dog with his/her relatives. Can you imagine if I contacted Beignet’s relatives to request a meet up so that she could meet her biological family?? I also discovered that Beignet’s “WOLFINESS SCORE” is higher than most dog… Most dogs are <1% wolfy and my Bennie is 4.3%. Here’s a link to her profile for anyone interested: http://embk.me/beignet12 and to her vet report:

Hope you enjoyed! And don’t forget to use our link for $25 off if you decide to do DNA testing on your dog!

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Sincerely,

Devoted Doxie Mom