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I have a 12 1/2 year old dog with diabetes. Tonight he's not…

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I have a 12...

I have a 12 1/2 year old dog with diabetes. Tonight he's not eating and has diarrhea. Stomach is making gurgling sounds.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help with the diabetes. What is the dog's name?

Jesse

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Jesse?

Jesse had this happen around the first of the year and was in the hospital for two days with Pancreatitus

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Hello, has Jesse vomited? Does he have a fever? Did you give insulin or not today?
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No vomiting. He was given insulin this morning after he ate breakfast, which he did with some help
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Am I still connected?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Have you checked for a fever?
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Has he eaten anything unusual in the last 2 days?
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No. I did give him his monthly heartworm and flea meds this morning and we went to my sister's place for the weekend where he was totally unfamiliar. He's blind as well
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
I would encourage you to check him for a fever. Do you check his glucose at home?
Did you not give insulin tonight as he is not eating?
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Would it be at all possible he could have eaten something at your sister’s that was not intended for him?
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I have not given insulin tonight since he has not eaten. Doubtful he ate something at my sister's, since he can't see and was in unfamiliar place he was with me the entire time. I do not check his glucose, didn't know I could. Don't think he has a fever, how do I tell for sure?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
He's a small dog, shitzu/Lhasa mix
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
A rectal temperature taken with a digital thermometer is how you would know for sure.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
It is possible he has something minor like GI bacteria, or could have a recurrence of pancreatitis (more common with diabetics). As he is such a small dog, bringing him in for a glucose test and at least some fluids and maybe some drugs to decrease gastric acid may help him turn the corner to improvement sooner vs. waiting. There is also a rapid test for pancreatitis that could give you an answer quickly.
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I don't have a rectal thermometer . How do I do a rapid test for pancreatitis?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I'm in Atlanta and most vet's are closed.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
That can only be done at a DVM office.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
I am in MN and we still have several after hours clinics open and several 24 hour care facilities.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Checking for a fever is something you can do at home with a digital thermometer, however.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
VCA is still open in your area.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
VCA pets are people too”
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
As is BluePearl and Briarclidd
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Do you think I should take him to emergency care or will he be ok until the morning?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
With his size and history of previous pancreatitis I would recommend going in now for at minimum an exam, temperature check, blood glucose level and rapid cPL test.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
The earlier pancreatitis is diagnosed the better for him if that is what is going on.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jaime, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

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