Last night we spent about 3 hours at our vet with our dog Cookie – she is the black and white doggie on the right in the picture above. Cookie is an 11 year old Shih Tzu, and for the last two weeks she has been losing weight rapidly. This week she started to act differently – she moved slowly, drank large amounts of water at one time – which her stomach would then throw back up, and got progressively worse each day until yesterday she wouldn’t eat and just laid around all day. We set up an appointment and took her in to the vet.
After running a blood test on her and examining her and hearing her symptoms, the vet diagnosed her with diabetes. She has other things going on as well, probably due to her depressed immune system – dehydration (from throwing up), possible liver problems and internal infection. We were left alone to decide whether to treat her or put her to sleep. The vet felt that if we could get her past this crisis, she might go on to live for a number of more years, with daily insulin. She couldn’t guarantee that Cookie would respond well to the treatment, though, because she was so sick.
After much thinking and discussion, we decided to go ahead and treat her and see how she would do. The vet put an IV in her to start fluids and get her rehydrated and kept her overnight. This morning they started her on insulin and are watching her to see how she responds. When we called they said that she was feeling a little better, but that she is still refusing to eat. They will continue to give her insulin today and fluids, and keep watching her. If she hasn’t eaten by tonight, she will stay overnight again. We aren’t really sure what’s going to happen with her at this point, and are praying that God’s will would be clear and that He would heal her if that is what is best.
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