During National Diabetes Week, people are being reminded to check their pets, as it is a disease not restricted to humans.CHLOE PICKARD July 18, 2014 3:49am
Toby, a 12-year old chocolate border collie, has a disease not many people would be aware strikes in animals.
Toby was diagnosed with diabetes in January 2013 after being ill in the Christmas holidays.
Owner Brendan Hogan said Toby suffered from pancreatitis in the past, a major cause of diabetes in animals.
‘‘He would go downhill, then he’d improve, then he went downhill quite a bit at January last year,’’ he said.
‘‘We had him checked out thoroughly and they said he’s a diabetic dog.’’
Vet Mark Wheatley, who monitors Toby, said diabetes was caused by damage to Toby’s pancreas.
‘‘When you have a dog that’s had a few episodes of pancreatitis, it can affect the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin,’’ he said.
Symptoms of diabetes in animals include lack of appetite, lethargy, weight loss, drinking more water than usual and urinating more.
Dr Wheatley said testing an animal for diabetes was relatively straight forward.
‘‘It only takes five minutes to diagnose it,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a matter of finding high blood sugar in blood and sugar in the urine.
‘‘Both of those things (means) diabetic.’’
Toby’s diabetes is now treated by twice daily insulin injections with an insulin pen from the pharmacy.
Mr Hogan said the the family feeds Toby in a set period of time before injecting him.
‘‘We grab him behind the neck and inject him and then we give him some treats and he’s fine,’’ he said.
‘‘And he knows what’s going on now.
‘‘He comes up to the back door and sits and waits, and then we do our job and he’s fine.’’
Dr Wheatley said looking after an animal with diabetes was a big commitment even after the animal was stabilised.
‘‘It’s quite an investment in dollars and time to get them stabilised,’’ he said.
‘‘And then for the next few months, getting them in and adjusting the doses until you find the right levels.’’
Injections have to be given in a rigid structure to avoid any complications and the Hogans can not feed Toby outside his morning and nightly meals.
Mr Hogan said there was never any doubt the family would keep looking after Toby.
‘‘He’s grown up with these boys and he’s very much part of the family,’’ he said.
The Country Fire Authority has issued an emergency warning for a fast moving, out-of-control grassfire near Tongala.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
The 2015 Moama RSL indoor bias bowls season starts next week.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
Will it be Merrigum or Lancaster?
Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.