This is Sugar.
She is an 8-year-old Pitbull. Sugar developed Diabetes Mellitus about 3 years ago. The kind of Diabetes she has is genetic and not based on her body weight or fitness. As you can see Sugar is very slim and has always been that way. I am not a Veterinarian or trained in any kind of animal medicine. I am a dancer, artist and fitness professional who owns my own small fitness studio in Brooklyn NY. Everything on this blog I have learned through trial and error and offer it to you in the hopes it will provide much needed support and information to those who are caring for their beloved diabetic pets.
On this blog you will find video of how to properly fill a syringe, give an insulin injection and take Blood Glucose measurements. I will also share what has and has not worked in Sugar and I’s journey towards stable BG levels, health and lowered insulin usage.
I will also share the bare recipe of the food I make for Sugar, which has made an enormous change in her BG levels and general health. Again, I am not medically able to prescribe or advise on anything related to your individual animals’ health but I can share what has worked for me in the hopes that with experimentation and your own knowledge of your pet that it may help you too.
Most people find caring for a diabetic pet to be at first a very overwhelming prospect. Some people choose to give up their animals or choose to do only the bare minimum to maintain their health. I hope that through this blog those of you who may be feeling that a diabetic pet is too much to handle may find that with some planning and experimentation, that having a diabetic pet is no worse than having to care for your own health and wellness. If you can pack a snack to take with you to work, you can plan for the health of your pet.
This is just the beginning. Soon I will update with various situations I dealt with such as when Sugar was first diagnosed and had lost about 10lbs (far too much of her body weight in only days). It took 6 months to get her weight back up and during that time we also discovered the insulin she had been prescribed was not working. She also developed cataracts very early on in her illness and went completely blind. Through intensive efforts via Facebook and with assistance of family, friends and colleagues, I was able to raise the funds to pay for her cataracts to be removed. She will not get them again as her eyes now have artificial lenses. But that was an incredibly stressful time period for both of us and I will try to share what worked and what didn’t for the period when she was blind as well as her recovery.
I will also address the issue of diabetic animals needing more water than usual and how that sometimes results in them needing to go out more frequently or even have accidents in your home. This can be a very difficult adjustment phase but with some changes to diet and schedule you will find that over time they should go back to a normal thirst level and will be able to hold their urine like any other dog.
Lastly I will try to answer any questions I feel that I can. You will find a button to link to in order to send your queries. For only $1 I will do my best to answer you. I’m only charging because I know that sometimes blogs like this are barraged with questions and I would suggest you do as much research as you can on your own about both human and canine Diabetes. If you feel really stuck and that I haven’t provided details on something you need, please feel free to ask me. If I don’t know the answer I will return your dollar.
Sugar and Cadence