our bloodless dog – continuing the process of caring for a diabetic dog

We are learning how to manage our dog with diabetes. I’m a nurse. I know this stuff! But, I never thought it would be such a challenge to get blood out of a dog! He doesn’t have handy fingers I can poke when I need a sample.

The vet said poke his ear (didn’t work) Instructions I found on line said poke his inner lip, skin near the base of the tail, “thumb” on the back of his front legs, elbow (none worked). I finally got frustrated with tormenting the dog with so little success, so I went back to the vet who explained where to find an easy vein. I don’t even like poking veins on people! But, it seems with a tiny insulin syringe and a lot of luck, and my hubby holding the dog and providing encouragement, I am having some success without upsetting the dog too much.

Actually, I think the dog is enjoying the attention and extra reward treats much more than he dislikes the poking. But, unfortunately his blood sugars are still 300-500+. I increased the insulin by another unit at supper, still 431 tonight (goal is below 200 at least part of the time). So, we shall see what tomorrow brings.

Thank goodness for a very good dog who is being very patient with me!

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The dog has diabetes

I have a great Jack Russel! He’s so full of life, mischief, love, intelligence, and he’s just a super little dog.

He’s been drinking more and more water though, and I’ve been noticing he looks thinner. Today his blood tests confirmed my suspicions. He has diabetes. I’m very thankful that it is something manageable and not something deadly. I’m also very thankful for my nursing experience. This isn’t going to be much different than managing a person with new diabetes and insulin. It’s just going to be different checking blood sugars on a dog who probably won’t be too happy with me pricking his ear. He would be much unhappier being stuck at the vet for a few days though to get regulated, and so would I!

Wish us luck!