Milka had been drinking a bit more water than usual for the past week so I took him to the vet for some tests. Turns out that he is diabetic. I wasn’t even aware that dogs could get diabetes. The vet says I caught it really early, which is good. It’s type 1, and was genetic, so he was pre-disposed to getting it.
I have started giving Milka twice daily insulin injections. It’s a pretty small syringe/needle so it doesn’t hurt him at all. That or he’s really brave! He’s also on a strict diet – unfortunately, he’ll be eating the same high fibre, low calorie food for the rest of his life and will only be allowed very limited amount of treats. No more cheese, apple or banana – his favorite foods. The disease is very similar to diabetes in people.
When the vet first told me about this it seemed pretty upsetting, but now that I know that this won’t affect his life expectancy and the daily injections aren’t painful, it’s not a big deal at all.
Many thanks to the staff at the Granville Island Vet Hospital for being so patient and informative.