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Our little guy is almost 9 months old and has just been diagnosed with diabetes. Tomorrow we go to the veterinarian and start our twice a day insulin shots. Have any of you had an experience with diabetes at such a young age? Our veterinarian stated that this is the youngest dog he's ever treated. I would love to know if we can hope to live a long healthy life with proper treatment. Thank you for your time.
 

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I have no experience with this, but hopefully with the insulin shots he should be able to live out a long and happy life, just like people when they manage their diabetes well. did you vet mention any side effects or long term issues that might pop up/ need to keep an eye on?
 

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I've honestly never heard of any actual cases of diabetes in goldens.

Only cases in animals I've heard of have mainly been cats....
 

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I have no experience with this, but hopefully with the insulin shots he should be able to live out a long and happy life, just like people when they manage their diabetes well. did you vet mention any side effects or long term issues that might pop up/ need to keep an eye on?
Cataracts was mentioned. He already has Canine Uveitis (completely unrelated) so we are always watching for changes in his eyes. We started insulin shots today!
 

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Buy a glucometer (Amazon sells them for dogs & cats). So many things affect blood sugar (I am T1 diabetic).exercise, food, stress, illness, etc etc etc. Talk to your vet but I suspect since animals do not live as long as humans it is not as critical to avoid high sugars but you will need to avoid dangerously low sugars so probably will need to keep food intake & exercise pretty consistent day to day and matched to the insulin dosages but a glucometer will help you know when you might need to either feed something high carb or give more insulin. It's always a balancing game but very doable with the ability to test sugars & make adjustments.

ETA: I wear a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) and many people with diabetic animals also get prescriptions for their pets -- these give 'almost' real time readings -- there is a 15-20 minute delay when sugars are changing but they give an excellent way to help monitor ... the dog/cat would need to be shaved in the area of insertion. I believe ALL CGMs can be scanned or linked with a smartphone and in my case (using a Libre) as long as I scan once every 8 hours, I can get (and save) round the clock readings to analyze for patterns and also to make real time adjustments. This allows me to keep my sugars in a very close to normal range to delay or prevent complications.

However you choose to monitor, get a glucometer -- this works in conjunction with a CGM to calibrate readings if you also choose a CGM. I finger prick test when the CGM reading does not match how I fee, but your dog cannot tell you such info and if you don't catch a low in time, seizures or worse can occur (why many doctors and possibly vets prescribe insulin at dosages that may keep the sugar levels too high leading to complications like cataracts)
 

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Diabetes in dogs almost always leads to blindness from cataracts (the sugar causes them). I've seen it in quite a few dogs, it's one of those diseases that really needs to be well managed.
 

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Our 6 month old puppy unfortunately just got diagnosed last week. I just wanted to see how things have been going for your puppy? We were quite shocked with the diagnosis and our vet and the internal medicine specialist he saw said it was the first time he has ever seen diabetes in a puppy.
 

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Our 6 month old puppy unfortunately just got diagnosed last week. I just wanted to see how things have been going for your puppy? We were quite shocked with the diagnosis and our vet and the internal medicine specialist he saw said it was the first time he has ever seen diabetes in a puppy.
My heart truly goes out to you. Our Lundy boy turned one year old on July 18th. Unfortunately about 2 weeks ago, he passed away. He had a diabetic low that we just couldn't get past. After we got him to Iowa State University emergency it was discovered that he also had a heart murmur we didn't know about. They were also certain that he had pancreatitis and we didn't know that either. A little guy just gave up. It's been the most heartbreaking last 2 weeks that I've ever gone through. I can't say I've ever mourned a human being like I've mourned this little guy. I wish you the very best of luck and hope that you are able to find regulation with his blood sugar. Always remember that highs are better than lows. You are going to learn a lot about yourselves and about patience and these next few months. We have not yet run into a vet that has dealt with a puppy diabetic either so treatment was very difficult. It's hard to regulate and energetic puppy. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions. My email address is [email protected]
 

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My heart truly goes out to you. Our Lundy boy turned one year old on July 18th. Unfortunately about 2 weeks ago, he passed away. He had a diabetic low that we just couldn't get past. After we got him to Iowa State University emergency it was discovered that he also had a heart murmur we didn't know about. They were also certain that he had pancreatitis and we didn't know that either. A little guy just gave up. It's been the most heartbreaking last 2 weeks that I've ever gone through. I can't say I've ever mourned a human being like I've mourned this little guy. I wish you the very best of luck and hope that you are able to find regulation with his blood sugar. Always remember that highs are better than lows. You are going to learn a lot about yourselves and about patience and these next few months. We have not yet run into a vet that has dealt with a puppy diabetic either so treatment was very difficult. It's hard to regulate and energetic puppy. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions. My email address is [email protected]
Oh I am so sorry to hear that he passed away. I can imagine it is an incredibly difficult time for you. You are in our thoughts! Thank you for the advice - it is definitely difficult to navigate with it being so uncommon. I appreciate you giving me your email, that would be great if we have any questions. Still digesting the news right now.
 

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This is so sad to see. Trishamery, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine losing a pup so young.

AFrancis.. no idea where you are but if you are anywhere near southern Ontario, the Univ of Guelph vet school may be a good resource for you (Ontario Veterinary College), for information, if not treatment.
 

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This is so sad to see. Trishamery, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine losing a pup so young.

AFrancis.. no idea where you are but if you are anywhere near southern Ontario, the Univ of Guelph vet school may be a good resource for you (Ontario Veterinary College), for information, if not treatment.
Thank you for the recommendation Sweet Girl. We aren't far from Guelph - I will reach out to them to see if there is anything they recommend.
 
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