Our Sweet Riddick
I’ve been a little concerned about our Riddick’s thirst and his capacity for pee lately…
I’d go out with all the dogs for a busy, and eventually we’d all be waiting for Riddick to finish peeing – Penny and Nimble literally sitting watching him pee!
He’s always drunk a lot of water – our Labs are all thirsty dogs – so initially I didn’t notice a difference, but then he started waking us at 3am and RUNNING for the water bowl!
Having grown up with diabetes in our family, I started suspecting it may be a possibility when I realised he was always thirsty AND he was peeing a LOT.
Then on Friday night, I realised he had lost weight when I gave him a cuddle as he lay on the bed with me, and I could feel his spine. You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but I can see it, and he’s lost almost 3kg. He weighed just over 37kg for his annual shots and when I took him to the vet today he weight 34.6kg.
Thinking back, it’s been coming for a while. When little Nimble arrived and we were house training her, she’d go out for a piddle in the wee hours of the morning and the other dogs would often join us. Once Nimble started sleeping through, though, Riddick continued to wake us in the middle of the night. I wasn’t worried about it and put it down to him falling into the puppy routine, and that he’d get back to sleeping through the night soon enough.
This afternoon I took him to the vet.
I explained what has me concerned, and she gave him a once-over, listening to his heart and lungs and taking his temperature. Then she did a little blood test, with a drop of blood from his ear. The little glucometer just said “HI” and my heart sank. Seven hours after his breakfast, his blood sugar was too high for the little machine to even give it a number.
The vet is pretty sure he is diabetic, but there are more tests to do to make sure. The vet wants him back tomorrow, and they’ll do a “sugar curve” from 7am to 7pm, measuring his blood sugar every hour to see how high it goes and how long it takes to come down. Then on Wednesday he’ll be back from 7am to 7pm and they will give him an insulin shot and then monitor his blood sugar again to see what kind of dose he will need in future.
My poor baby boy is going to be stuck in a place he hates, for two full days.
The vet says most dogs are fine with one insulin shot a day, but as medical professionals are supposed to do, she also had to tell me that some dogs do better than others, some need specialised diets, and that it will affect his lifespan.
It was all I could do not to burst into tears…