Our dog Midnight is sick and maybe dying. This following post has nothing to do with marketing or picture books but I wanted to tell you about Midnight and how I’m constructing my life. She wakes us up two or three times a night. Last night my husb got up with her at one a.m. and I got up at seven. At first I thought she’d done real well, sleeping until seven but when I got back upstairs and husb told me he’d been up, I had to change my mind. She has this high-pitched bark that tells us she is in distress and we must take care of her.
This waking us up in the middle of the night has been going on for at least two months now. She is literally dying of thirst and needs to go pee.
We’ve had all kinds of tests. We have done all kinds of urinalysis. The bottom line is that she has diabetes insipidus. Not diabetes mellitus, the kind where you need insulin but insipidus where she needs the antidiuretic hormone. She just can’t concentrate her urine. The water she drinks is literally running out as fast as she drinks it.
Right now we’re giving her an antibiotic on the off-chance it’s a kidney infection. But it hasn’t been helping. It’s been about nine days.
And she’s sleeping all day. We take her around the pond paths a couple of times a day and let her out to go pee but really, what kind of life is that for a dog? She doesn’t roam anymore. This is a good and bad thing. At least when she was roaming (we live in the country) we knew she was chasing deer and following her nose. She was enjoying herself. Or anyway this is what we always told ourselves.
It was bad because we have a leash law. If someone, who didn’t know her and her ways wanted to, they could take her to the animal shelter. She has a collar with ID’s, our name and number are on there. There were times when she was younger that a far away neighbor, several miles from home would call us to come pick her up. We always told ourselves she had a fine adventure that day.
Now she is old. She’s twelve or thirteen years old, a Heinz 57, a mutt that’s a mix of Lab, Border collie and Terrier and whatever else.
The vet said we could treat it- the diabetes insipidus but that it wasn’t cheap. It was eye drops with the antidiuretic hormone in it. We’re waiting to hear what he means by “not cheap”. How expensive is it?
The antibiotic hasn’t made much difference. She still drinks too much and pees too much and wakes us up two, sometimes three times a night.
What would you do? Would you try to treat the diabetes insipidus no matter how expensive or would you put your dog to sleep?
- Diabetes Insipidus, Causes and Types (healthhype.com)