Zeke, a 15 Year Old Diabetic Dog

Zeke, a 15 Year Old Diabetic Dog
Zeke is believed to be a Puggle

Homemade Pet Food Book

When Zeke was alive he was on a diet of mostly or I guess I should say all meat, cooked meat of course.  He had gotten spoiled as a young dog and got to the point where he refused to eat anything but meat (no dog food ever).  I guess I should have sought out some home made pet food recipes for him but I just gave him whatever meat we were having for dinner.  Or maybe some boiled chicken or some cooked hamburger meat.  The vets would always look at me strange but then they would agree that he was doing so well and acknowledge that he refused to eat anything but meat and of course they did not want him not to eat so then they would just agree that ok, this is the way Zeke is.   

I recently came across this e-book on Amazon that contains home made pet food recipes and wish I would have found it while Zeke was still alive. 
Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook ebook is full of good, natural, home made pet food recipes that will result in a healthier and happier pet.

Complications from Dog Cataract Surgery - Glaucoma

Our poor Zeke is now deceased.  He passed away in August 2012.  I am now going back and writing more about what I learned by taking care of my diabetic dog.   While I was busy treating Zekes diabetes I did not have time to do too good of a job writing about it.  In the end Zeke had diabetes, glaucoma in one eye, kidney failure, and we are not sure what else.  It seemed like I was at the vets 3 times a week either to see the vet or to pick up medications or iv fluids or something but I was glad to do it for him.

Within a few days of his cataract surgery Zeke developed glaucoma in his left eye.  We are not sure why but I know that a few days after the surgery he jumped from my bed to the floor which is about a 3 foot jump.    I don't know if this was the cause or not.   From doing research online I learned that glaucoma can be one of the complications of dog cataract surgery.   Dr. Ebbinger thought that the retina had detached and that the glaucoma was a result from the detached retina. The pressure in Zekes right eye had went so high that it had ruined his vision and would be blind in that eye.

The glaucoma required constant treatment with eye drops with 4 differnet types of eye drops.  The drops were Dorzolamide (generic for Trusopt), Timolol (generic) Prednisone, and Travitan.  It was pretty expensive to keep buying the drops but he definitely needed them.  We also need to get Zekes eye pressures checked every 3 months to make sure that the pressure was staying down.

Fortunately Zekes right eye was perfect until the retina in that eye detached for unknown reasons about 4 years after the surgery.  When the right retina detached it was about the time that Zeke had a circling incident.  I had found him very disoriented one night and he was circling and trying to figure out where he was.  That lasted about 30 minutes and he seemed to recover within a day or so except I felt that he could not see at all.  I took him to his regular vet who said it could be a vestibular disorder of the ear or a brain tumor.  She could not explain the loss of vision so I took him to the veterinary opthamologist who confirmed that his right retina had detached and this was the reason for his loss of vision.

Zeke gained an addiitonal 4 years of sight in his right eye and we were very thankful for that.  

Bitsy, Our New Puggle Dog

It is hard to believe that in a few weeks it will be 6 months that Zeke has been gone.   We were very sad to see him go.  He had lived a good long life and would have been 16 had he lived another 3 months.   
I had taken my son on vacation to Washington DC at the end of August.   My husband called me on a Sunday morning and said that Zeke had some sort of seizures in the night and was pretty out of it and that he was trying to find a vet.  I knew this was the end.  This would be Zekes third occurence of seizures in about 6 months time.   The first two he seemed to recover from pretty quickly.  But this time the vet that my husband took him to thought he was suffering and recommended that he be euthanized.   It was very sad, fortunately it happened on the last day of my vacation and not at the beginning.    I just felt terrible that I was not there for Zeke in his final hours.  

We missed Zeke alot and our house was so gloomy after he passed.  A few days later we  adopted another puggle (cross of a pug and beagle) named Bitsy from a local shelter Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue in Belleville, MI.  Bitsy is a very sweet, energetic almost 2 year old puppy and she shares alot of personality traits that Zeke had.  

We had met Bitsy a few weeks earlier at a pet event at the local Tractor Supply store.  I had taken Zeke with me to get his nails trimmed.  He and Bitsy touched noses so I feel like he kind of approved of her. After he passed I contacted the shelter to see if she was still available and she was.   I had thought we would wait a while after Zekes passing but I knew that Bitsy being such a nice young puppy would be gone if we waited too long.    She was such a jumping, crazy puppy and it was hard to be sad with her jumping up and licking your face all the time.  It was definitely the right thing to do.  Here is photo of Bitsy on a Puggle Christmas Card I designed in my Zazzle store.

The Friends shelter has a diabetic dog named Starla who is blind from cataracts.  They are trying to raise money so she can have surgery to remove her cataracts and restore her eyesight.  I know from treating Zekes dog diabetes for 5 years and paying for his cataract surgery and follow up care how expensive it all is so I plan to donate towards her care.   She looks very sweet, you can see here here Channel 4 Pet Of The Week Starla .

Do you have a diabetic dog?  If so please leave me a comment and tell me about him or her.