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Thank you for posting your question MinnieMC. Many people have these same concerns with their diabetic pets. Insulin is absolutely necessary for proper organ function and quality of life. If your pet has stopped eating while getting her insulin injections there is likely a larger underlying cause, such as her diabetes is not well regulated. Anytime she makes a change in her behavior as a diabetic it is best to get them into your veterinarian for assessment. Glucose levels and the amount of insulin needed can change throughout a dog's life.

You can certainly try to associate her injections with something other than food - toys, lots of affection, other treats outside of her main diet. Small needles go a long way to helping a pet ignore or not notice the sting. Your veterinarian may also be able to help find a formulation of insulin that works for your pet and does not sting or bother her either.

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What is your opinion on giving a dog insulin for her diabetes? She has been prescribed this treatment, 2x daily and she hates it. I know the outcome of not treating her, she's 15, and I am torn between forcing the injections and letting her pass naturally. Also, when I was treating her, only for about a week, she quit eating because she knew what was coming. She is eating now without the insulin. Thanks - am I torturing her?


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My poor dog (Aussie/Rottie mix?, long silky fur) is blowing out his coat and itching like mad!!!!! He's on a homemade diet...Dr. Pitcairn's....and gets 2 fish oil capsules a day to help with his usually dry skin. No obvious dryness or flaking, his coat is very soft, static-free and shiny. He's always fine until fall, then he's just miserable, constantly scratching. Baths don't help either. His eyes are a little drippy, and he sneezes when he's out in the grass, so I think it's allergies, plus his usual fall shed. It's definitely seasonal, but what can I do to give this poor baby some relief until we get a good freeze? We go through this every fall, then he's fine the rest of the year.

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Hi WhiteWolfie! I think you are probably spot on with your thought process. Often times itchy skin and even ear infections are clinical signs of allergies in dogs. While I'm afraid we aren't allowed to give medical diagnoses or medication dosages in this medium, please do give us a call so that we can help your poor puppy! Oft times we can use over-the-counter antihistamines to help but some dogs need something extra to get them through the worst of it and back to a manageable level. Our phone number is 303-670-3959 or you can email us at info@sanohospital.com.

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My poor dog (Aussie/Rottie mix?, long silky fur) is blowing out his coat and itching like mad!!!!! He's on a homemade diet...Dr. Pitcairn's....and gets 2 fish oil capsules a day to help with his usually dry skin. No obvious dryness or flaking, his coat is very soft, static-free and shiny. He's always fine until fall, then he's just miserable, constantly scratching. Baths don't help either. His eyes are a little drippy, and he sneezes when he's out in the grass, so I think it's allergies, plus his usual fall shed. It's definitely seasonal, but what can I do to give this poor baby some relief until we get a good freeze? We go through this every fall, then he's fine the rest of the year.


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I have a dog that has develiped a tumor on his neck, its gone from the size of a quarter to the size of a tennis ball in 2 months. I need to have him seen badly, the MRC said you guys may be able to set up a payment plain for me. But i have no up front cash due to we just put everything we have into getting moved. Can you help me?


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Please call Sano Hospital directly. 303-670-3959. I am sure that they can help. your pup should be seen right away. let us know what happens. if we can help out, we will (start a new thread about it).

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Thank you for the number ill give them a call tonight. How late are they open?


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How long can my 5-year-old German Shepherd female go without any liquids? For no apparent reason, she vomited first thing this morning, just mucous and bile (last time she ate was about 2 pm yesterday). She's been very subdued all day, and when she finally tried a little water twice through the afternoon, it immediately came back up. I've tried ice chips but she doesn't want any part of them. I'm hoping not to have to take her to an emergency vet this weekend, but am worried about her getting dehydrated. She had just one little bout of diarrhea but nothing else. Thank you.


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are her gums sticky? that's an indicator of getting dehydrated
(i'm not medically trained, just been around)
don't force the water, the vet can give subq fluids (under the skin) if needed

i'm only giving my opinion here because i don't know when the vet will come on with professional opinions - and not knowing all the details, i think i would contact the emergency vet in the morning, if she's not better - at least call them and see what they say

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This thread is not immediately updated, so if you have a possible life threatening situation, you should seek immediate care.
VRCC may be a good place to call. They are open 24/7

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