Max is a 4 year old Golden Cocker, who came to CAESSR in August 2017. Unfortunately, Max is diabetic and needs insulin injections twice a day. He may also loose his sight.
Max is doing well, as always. He is always hungry and honestly will eat anything but by now the house is Max proofed:) He is hungry because we are very strict with his measured portions, and there are no snacks at all but because of that his diabetes is well controlled. For the past 2 years there was absolutely no need to up his insulin - I wish some of my diabetic patients had the same results:)
He is used to injections and after a meal he just barks for me to inject when he is done with his food. His sight is pretty much gone, but he knows his way around the house. (I am worried he will be lost for a while when we do move house, but he will get used to the new layout. He can still see objects that are close to him and the contours but going for a walk is stressful for him. We have a big garden, again he knows every corner and it's a safe environment for him.
There was a time when he would pee at night, next to his bed. He is normally very good so we thought it is because at night he couldn't see and maybe he thought he had went outdoors. Anyway I got him a big cage like thing and that's where he sleeps at night - it's been over a year now and no accidents anymore. If he needs a wee he will bark.
There was a disaster recently...we used different groomer...hmmm...he doesn't look very much like a spaniel. My husband said he is not gonna walk Max outside the garden until his coat grows back. It's still better when I gave him a haircut.
He is doing very well. He has regular check ups with his vet and there are no concerns. We have a very strict food/insulin regime and so this allows his diabetes to be very well controlled. Every family member is now aware of how to care for Max and what to do in case of an emergency (hypo).
Max is pretty much blind now because of his diabetes but he is doing great around the house and in the garden...he is a bit anxious when out walking but we have a sizeable plot, so there is plenty of room for him to just run but within familiar settings. The vet said he can still see a little bit and only time will tell how long this will last but having poor vision is not stopping Max.He is very loveable and cuddly...he is great with our cat.
What else can I say...he is just our Maksiu as we call him❤
I have attached few photos ... he is proudly presenting lockdown haircut. We are both in need of a haircut.
Max is doing really well now. We have very good routine that did make all the change.
His recent fructosamine level improved a lot and since he came to us we have managed to reduce his insulin dose from 14 units to 11 which is a sign of a good control. He gets fed twice a day and the portions are strictly measured. he is not allowed any treats apart from the occasional carrot. He did have few really bad hypos and there was a moment when I thought that's it as he was unresponsive on the floor but I just kept on rubbing some honey on his gums and all of the sudden he jumped up like nothing ever happened. It was after that first bad hypo when the vet decided to lower his dose by one unit...within few weeks situation
happened again ... but touch wood now on 11 units we are doing well.
I did sign up to a Facebook based forum for owners of dogs with diabetes and it has been great source of help. Currently we've still got some insulin left but we need to order needles regularly and he needs regular blood tests and vet check up's. The support we get from Caessr and the sponsors means Max can enjoy many more years.
Apart from diabetes he is a healthy boy. He loves to play and he loves to cuddle. Due to diabetes his eyesight is poor but it doesn't restrict him in any shape or form... he is just...being Max and he knows his ways around the house.
At this stage his vet is not convinced he will benefit from cataract surgery as he still has got some tunneled vision left and he ... seems to be quite comfortable with the way he is.
Thanks for all your support
Kasia, Sean and Max x
Max is a gentle little fella that came to our family through CAESSR.
He is only 4 years old and very eager to play run around. Unfortunately he has been diagnosed with diabetes which at present is still unstable.
We are working hard with local vets to tailor the best insulin treatment for Max based on his calories intake and level of activities. So far he had two multiple glucose tests and the dose of insulin was changed on both occasions but we are determined we will get this poor boy sorted. Overall his fructosamine level indicates good control and all vital organs are performing well but his eyesight has been affected and Max suffers with bilateral cataracts. Given his general health and young age he would be ideal candidate for eye surgery but it is rather costly procedure.
He also needs daily insulin, currently at 13 units twice a day, blood glucose testing, regular vet appointments to keep on top of his condition...so far through some lovely people associated with CAESSR and some dog lovers from UK Diabetic Dogs forum we were able to gather sufficient supply of insulin, syringes and pen cartridges to last for next couple of months but it is never ending expense and we would truly appreciate any form of help either towards insulin or potential operation.
This little boy deserves to be a happy loving dog, he brought a ray of sunshine to our home and he is well and truly loved by all