OCTOBER – BAILEY

30/09/2018

Bailey is 8 years old. When he was rescued by his owners several years ago, he somewhat landed on his feet.

In March this year, Bailey came in for some dental work, which also included having a routine blood test. The blood test revealed that he had high glucose levels, and a further test was performed confirming Bailey is diabetic.

 

 

 

He was started on twice-daily insulin injections and his owners were taught how to give these injections under the skin. This can be a daunting prospect for many owners but is often easier than expected.

Bailey was regularly monitored and had frequent trips to us to stay for the day to check his glucose levels. The monitoring and frequency reduced once the patient becomes more stable.

Most of our diabetic cats and dogs will require insulin for the rest of their lives. In June, Bailey’s monitoring indicated his glucose readings were on the low side of normal. This continued, even after his insulin dose was reduced. He had even lost some weight! In rare cases, diabetes can resolve itself, so we therefore decided to stop the insulin altogether. Bailey will be monitored for change every few months. It is such great news that Bailey can continue to live his life normally.

Bailey’ furrever family tell us:
“Bailey was rescued from living on the streets 7 years ago after his owner left him behind in the summer when she moved. He learned to eat unhealthy foods while begging from door to door. When the snow arrived he nearly died of starvation. We brought him into our house just in the nick of time. After we adopted him we struggled with his weight as he was still being fed unhealthy foods by others. He even got booted out of Fat Camp. 
 This Easter we were horrified to discover that a blood test that we ordered revealed he had type 2 diabetes. We knew that the condition was irreversible. We worked really hard at controlling his diet and diabetes. We also made sure that the word would get around in the neighbourhood that he wasn’t to be fed. We got him a ‘Do not feed me collar’ and ‘I am diabetic’ (large) tag. Interestingly he managed to keep it on as previous attempts in the past failed. In June we were given the best news ever that Bailey was in remission. Now Bailey is a slim and healthy happy cat.”