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Meet Oscar


 

Meet Oscar, a nine year old West Highland White Terrier. He is a very friendly, happy little dog, who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. It was a bit daunting at first when we had to give him insulin injections twice a day, but as the saying goes "a dog is for life" We have had to change our routine somewhat as he has to eat before his injections and he is not normally a dog that eats breakfast. We have probably made loads of mistakes, but have learned from them. A regular timetable is definitely the key! Getting cover when we go on holiday can also be difficult. However we're now comfortable with what we're doing and the injections are second nature to us (and Oscar!). He's been part of the family since he was seven weeks old so we're not prepared to give up on him. For anyone who finds themselves in this position, don't worry too much, with the right treatment and lot's of patience it is well worth it. He is back to his old self, nutty as a fruitcake and just as loveable.

 

Diabetes Mellitus is a very complex disease. Oscar was diagnosed early after developing the condition which is a big help. Not all cases are quite as amenable to treatment and there are many possible complications. Oscars owners were determined to do their best and were very positive from the start. Abbey House offers support and training to all owners of diabetic animals and are available 24 hours a day should any problems arise.

 

Early signs of diabetes are very similar in humans, increase in thirst and needing to pass urine more frequently coupled with a big appetite and weight loss. If you have any worries that your own pet could be diabetic don't hesitate to get in touch.  


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