Our dog Wylie, (or Wylie-Coyote as my husband and I sometimes call her) is a six
year old spayed spaniel/terrier cross. She was diagnosed with diabetes in August 1997,
shortly after her fourth birthday. We were devastated. She was in intensive care at the
vet clinic for a week, suffering from ketoacidosis, and we were told that she was really
lucky to have survived. She came home on Iletin NPH insulin, and was regulated on 6.4
units twice daily.
I was new to the Internet, so I thought there must be something about pet diabetes on the
web, and the first site I found was Kris Canine Diabetes page, and a link to the
muffin e-mail list, which I subscribed to. Since then I have found lots of information and
now belong to the pet-diabetes list as well. From all the reading I did on the Internet,
my husband and I learned to do home testing with a glucometer, and this is how we manage
Wylies diabetes. We do our curves at home, and consult with our vet when we think we
need to make changes in Wylies dose. After a few ups and downs she is now regulated
on Humulin N, 9 units in the morning and 10 units in the evening.
Wylie has two meals a day, we feed her VMD Medi-Cal Fiber Formula, which she does quite
well on. She also has a mid-day snack which helps to level out her blood sugar. Wylie has
always been an outside dog, and living on large acreage in central British Columbia, we
enjoy a fairly long snowy winter. Our favorite activity that time of year is skiing, both
cross-country and telemark. Wylie loves to join us and we sometimes cant keep up to
her! In the spring and summer we like to hike and if Im not ready to go for a walk
by mid-morning on my days home from work, Wylie doesnt leave me alone until we go.
In the last year or so, we noticed Wylie was not seeing as well as she used to so we took
her to a veterinary ophthalmologist - Dr. Lewis in Coquitlam, B.C. She was diagnosed with
immature cataracts, and we made the decision to have them removed. It was a six-hour drive
to the clinic from where we live, so we booked the operation for January 4, when we could
both take a few days off to make the trip. The surgery went well, and she was fitted with
lens implants. She was released from the hospital with a lovely plastic Elizabethan
collar, and earned the nickname "cone-head". This took a bit of getting used to
-- she hated it for the first day but quickly adapted. The collar stayed on for three
weeks, a bit longer than usual but we have an 87 pound, almost two year old Ridgeback
puppy, and didnt want to risk any injury from too much wrestling.
I took a week off work to be with Wylie at home and my husband took her to work with him
the rest of the time. We had to put Voltaren drops and Tobradex salve in her eyes three
times a day - this was to be for about six weeks.
Our local "human" optometrist agreed to check Wylies pressure in her eyes
with his tonometer, so we wouldnt have to travel 300 miles on snowy roads for her
one week checkup. Her pressure was a little high, so after conferring with Dr. Lewis, we
put her on Neptazane. This lowered her pressure after a few days so she was taken off the
drug. After three weeks at home, Wylie had a setback. Her eyes became irritated and she
started to squint. Our local vet and optometrist examined her, found some inflammation and
her pressure had become quite low. Suspecting uveitis, we called Dr. Lewis and he put her
on Pred-forte. But we knew we wouldnt rest until he saw her, so we headed for
Coquitlam again. Wylie did have uveitis, and had some scar tissue from the inflammation,
so we had to keep her on the Pred-forte.
At this time, a week later, she is still on the medication and will have to be weaned
slowly from it. We will take her back for another checkup on February 11. Her sight is
excellent - and she is again catching cookies in mid-air.
We can hardly wait until we get the go-ahead from Dr. Lewis to take Wylie for a
Wylie is famous....You can read a newspaper article
about Wylie, and an article about Wylie's eye exams.
Contributed by Anne Blake - February 6, 1999.
Contributed February 1999
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