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Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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"Poppy" - Diabetic Dog

In my experience, most people have heard of Diabetes and understand that somehow sugar is involved but there are actually very few who fully understand this complex disease. Once your pet has been diagnosed with Diabetes mellitus it becomes imperative that owners who elect for treatment fully appreciate the implications.

Sadly, once the financial and practical requirements have been explained there are a number of owners who reluctantly opt for euthanasia. Despite what many people believe the sugar in our bloodstream (glucose) is "a good thing!" It is the fuel with which most of the bodies functions and processes runs off, akin to a high grade petrol for your car.

The hormone "insulin" manufactured in the pancreas ensures that the glucose fuel is delivered to the cells in our body to allow them to perform their specific tasks not unlike a carburetor or fuel injection system in a car engine. Our bodies fill up with "high grade fuel" each time we have a meal but that quality energy source is only available if the insulin is active. Without this high grade fuel available, when insulin is either in poor supply or unable to work, the cells then function with a "poorer quality" fuel source (fat) that takes it's toll on the body's engine.

Eventually, without insulin the "engine" would seize up and cease functioning. The only remedy is to ensure that the patient is receiving adequate and effective insulin.

Unfortunately, insulin is readily destroyed in stomach acid and cannot be taken as a pill and has to be administered by injection. This is a practicality which unnerves many owners. Repeated blood assays and dosage alteration may take months to establish accurate dosage requirements for excess insulin will also "stall a patient's engine" with dramatic effect.

Patience, routine, expense and understanding are the bare minimum when contemplating treatment which is lifelong.................

and diabetic cats can be even more complex! Fortunately at Fairfield, the pets we treat like "Poppy" are extremely fortunate to have very knowledgable and committed owners. Consequently, they are able to reap the investment they make in seeing their pet continue to thrive for many years as "Poppy" beautifully illustrates!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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