A little dog whose owners asked to have him put to sleep because they could not afford his ongoing medical care, has been saved by a vet and will now be rehomed.
Teddy, a five-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, is settling into foster care in Northern Ireland after a local animal charity stepped in.
After being diagnosed with diabetes, Teddy was placed on twice daily insulin injections to stabilize his blood sugars.
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However his owners were unable to afford the treatment and they asked a vet to put him to sleep so he would not suffer.
But at just five years old and otherwise appearing quite healthy, the vet offered to try to help Teddy find a solution that allowed him to live.
And instead of being put to sleep, the family agreed to surrender their dog to the vet who hoped he could be adopted.
Now thanks to the team at Friends of Rescue, the Yorkie is living in foster care where he has two insulin shots a day, one in the morning and one at night, and he is settling well.
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It is hoped he will be placed for adoption after he has had his medical and behavior assessments carried out allowing charity to decide if and when he is ready for adoption.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “Teddy is a handsome little man who is aged five. He was brought into a vets to be put to sleep due to medication costs.
“But thankfully the vet convinced the owners to surrender him instead. Teddy has diabetes so he needs insulin shots twice a day but this gives him no bother at all, he’s just a happy sweet wee dote.
“We’ll have him up to our vets this week to have his bloods checked and give him the full MOT, until then he’s happy being spoiled by his foster family.”
Diabetes in dogs:
Diabetes in dogs is a lifelong condition that can be a serious and life changing, requiring daily medication and a special diet.
But with the right food and veterinary advice, a diabetic dog can still enjoy a happy and active life.
This disease develops when the dog’s body does not use glucose effectively to control blood sugar levels.
And because it’s insulin which is made in the pancreas that is essential for regulating the use and storage of blood glucose, erratic levels of insulin can cause problems.
And a lack of insulin production can be life threatening and just as in humans, it often needs to be managed with medical intervention.
Although there is no cure, diabetes can be well managed through nutrition, exercise and, if necessary, regular medication.
The important thing is a steady routine for feeding, exercise and, if necessary, meds to help maintain stable blood glucose levels.
Factors that increase the chance of a dog developing diabetes include:
- Body condition – Overweight or obese dogs are more likely to develop diabetes.
- Age -Dogs can develop diabetes at any age, but the peak onset is around eight years.
- Gender – Females are twice as likely to develop diabetes.
- Breed – Some breeds of dogs, such as Fox Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Beagles, Puli, Samoyeds, Keeshonds, Australian Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Miniature Poodles and Bichon Frise, tend to have a predisposition to diabetes.
- Other factors – Could include poor nutrition, hormonal abnormalities and stress.
Signs of diabetes:
- Excessive thirst
- Increased urination
- Weight loss despite normal or increased appetite
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of energy
- Vision difficulties
Treatment and nutrition:
There is no cure for diabetes but canine diabetes can be managed with insulin, exercise and suitable nutrition.
Balanced nutrition is an essential part of diabetes management and overall health and wellbeing for dogs.
Consistent times, amounts and types of food will help a dog manage the condition better, keeping their metabolism as stable as possible.
Fiber is also important in managing this disease because moderate to high-levels of fiber can lower insulin requirements and blood glucose levels. Fiber also makes the body more responsive to insulin.