Rex was recently presented to us after his owners noticed he was drinking and urinating more than usual and that his appetite had also changed.
After a health check, which determined that Rex, despite being over 14 years old, was in pretty good nick as far as we could tell externally, it was decided that Rex would require a blood test to further investigate his internal functioning, where we screened for things such as infections, organ functions and glucose levels in his blood. A urine sample was also taken, and Rex tested positive to having glucose in his urine, showing that his body is producing too much glucose for the kidneys to break down sufficiently.
When the blood tests came back, it was confirmed - Rex’s elevated glucose showed that he, in his older years, had developed diabetes.
So what’s next?
The next step after being diagnosed is to figure out the correct insulin dose for Rex. This is done by slowly adjusting his feeding and diet plan, regular exercise, as well as introducing insulin (via injection) to his body.
To confirm that Rex is on the correct insulin dose, he had to be brought in for a blood glucose test. This is done with a small blood sample and the results take mere seconds to show glucose levels in the blood. On top of this, Rex also needed to have a blood glucose curve. A blood glucose curve involves Rex coming in for a day stay, we feed and water him as normal, as well as giving him his insulin - then throughout the day, we take samples of his blood to see his levels as he goes about with his normal routine.
Once we are sure that he is on the correct insulin dose and he is stabilised, Rex can continue to live life as normal.
Rex has been super brave with his recent vet trips and has taken his diabetes in his stride, which goes to show that it’s manageable, it just requires a little more time, patience and TLC - which Rex clearly receives in abundance from his owners.
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