Say hello to Frisky, a 7 year old female Pug! We have been seeing a lot of this smiling face the past couple of days. Frisky initially came in to see us yesterday when her worried owner, Andrea, with whom she is inseparable, called to report that she had urinated more frequently than normal during her morning walk. Debbie, a receptionist here at AMC PTC and one of the friendliest people you will ever meet, took the call and explained that this may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, encouraging Andrea to bring Frisky in for our next available appointment.

During our initial conversation, Andrea reported a few interesting pieces of information. First, she mentioned that Frisky was rapidly losing weight despite months of slow progress with diet and exercise. Second, she reported that this weight loss had occurred despite a marked increase in her appetite! These changes in addition to the increased thirst and urination mentioned earlier began to suggest that Frisky may be suffering from the early stages of diabetes mellitus, a condition causing high levels of blood sugar to accumulate in the body. Unfortunately, these suspicions were confirmed with a quick blood test and urinalysis performed here in our clinic.

The good news, however, was that this condition had been diagnosed early allowing us to begin treatment before Frisky would ever feel the effects of the disease on her body. Once Andrea was able to fill her prescription for Frisky’s insulin, we met a second time yesterday afternoon. It is extremely important that all of our pet owners with diabetic patients feel as comfortable as possible with the treatment and monitoring that come along with this difficult disease, so we spent quite a long time thoroughly discussing diabetes management and demonstrating proper injection technique. After some initial trepidation, I watched as Andrea confidently administered Frisky’s first insulin injection as she will now be responsible for giving these life-saving treatments at home. Both Frisky and her mom did exceptionally well!

UPDATE: I was able to see Frisky for a brief recheck today to make sure she is tolerating her insulin. There will be several more of these recheck visits as we gradually regulate her blood sugar. She really doesn’t seem to be sure what all the fuss is about. She feels great and we intend to keep it that way.

-Dr. Mc