Oliver – Diabetes and glaucoma

image5I’ll start off by saying. It’s been a hell of a week. My 13 year old poodle was diagnosed with diabetes last Friday. He literally went blind over night. I started him on his insulin twice a day. And he seemed in ok spirits.

I brought him back to the vet on Wednesday, as he had yellowish green gunk coming out of his eyes and he was bothered by it. The vet diagnosed him with conjunctivitis and prescribed eye gel and we were on our way. Today, he wasn’t at all himself. Seemed so sad and not wanting to get up or eat. I knew something was wrong because normally, he’s ravenous with his food. I brought him in to find out he had glaucoma. The vet didn’t seem to hopeful treatment would work. But I’m not ready to give up on him.

image4He did mention surgery. But he also didn’t make me feel like it was a good idea. Just his energy. So I chose to do the drops and try. If they do not work. I don’t know what to do. I do not want him to suffer as I love him so much. He’s been by my side for so many years. But I don’t want to give up on him either. I’m heartbroken. Will he improve or am I chasing a dragon?

UPDATE: My poor boy had to go to heaven today. I’m devastated. Just gutted.

10 thoughts on “Oliver – Diabetes and glaucoma

  1. Paula - ADMIN

    I’m so sorry to hear that Kristina. I know how devastating this can be. They become so much a part of our lives and it is so hard to see them in pain and suffering and then when they leave us, it’s like losing a member of the family.

    What was his name Kristina? I’d like to add it to the post

  2. Maureen Bates

    I’m so sorry for your loss…. I have a 13 yr old West Highland terrier “George” that went blind the same with diabetes…I know it breaks your heart

  3. Chaye

    I totally feel for you , I just found out yesterday my dog has diabetes and she’s completely blind. I’ve been crying about it for the past 2 days. She’s a Skipperke. It’s been really hard on my mother and I. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Derek

    People need to realize that blindness isn’t a death sentence for your dog. After a time they usually adapt well due to their superior sense of smell. My dog is blind from diabetes and though I was devastated at first, he has taken to it pretty well. So please reconsider if you’re thinking about putting your dog down.

    1. Kristina

      If you read my story. You would know that my poor boy ended up with glaucoma and did not respond to the drops. Do you know think that if I could have saved him I would!? He was my best friend and I find your comment insulting.

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