ShinBi: Diclofenac isn’t just for arthritis

Diclofenac is usually given for arthritis, but that’s not the only usage. Diflofenic is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug according to Drugs.com. It reduces substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation for for that reason is used for arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

It can also be used to treat migraine headaches but not to treat cluster headaches.

We don’t know if our sweet ShinBi had headaches, but he does have problems with his eyes.

This is a drug with serious side effects and should only be used under prescription from a doctor or veterinarian.

It is useful in lens-induced uveitis in dogs and may be a pre-operative and postoperative agent for uveitis associated with eye surgery. Now you ask what is uveitis? Uveitis is the escape of lens proteins into the eye fluid that is most frequently associated with cataracts.

Cataracts begin as a cloudy or dull appearance in the front of the eye and then the iris becomes unevenly colored with yellow or white areas. About 75 percent of dogs with diabetes develop cataracts within nine months of being diagnoses.

If the lens-induced uveitis goes untreated and glaucoma also develops, cataract surgery might not be possible. Glaucoma causes chronic headaches.

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AHS: Recommended Management Protocol

ShinBi healthcare schedule:

28 February 2014

28 March 2014

14 March 2014

  • Minor re-check exam ($22.50)
  • Glucose Curve  ($65.79)

28 March 2015

  • Minor re-check exam ($22.50)
  • Glucose Curve  ($65.79)

11 April 2014

  • Minor re-check exam ($22.50)
  • Glucose Curve  ($65.79)

25 April 2014

  • Minor re-check exam ($22.50)
  • Glucose Curve  ($65.79)

28 April 2014

9 May 2014

  • Minor re-check exam ($22.50)
  • Glucose Curve  ($65.79)

23 May 2014

  • Minor re-check exam ($22.50)
  • Glucose Curve  ($65.79)

28 May 2014

29 May

28 August 2014

  • Test for microfilariae–If positive, then treat with microfilaricide and re-test in 4 weeks
  • Establish year-round heartworm prevention

February 2015

  • Antigen test six months after completion

PROJECTED COST FOR DIABETES  (MARCH-AUGUST 2014)

  • Minor re-check exam ($22.50) twice a week for six months  = $270
  • Glucose Curve  ($65.79) twice a week for six months = $789.48
  • Insulin ($42) once a month for six months = $252
  • Insulin Syringe ($33.60) once a month for six months  = $201.60

SUBTOTAL =  $1513.08

PROJECTED COST FOR HEARTWORM TREATMENT

SUBTOTAL = $474.79

TOTAL PROJECTED COST = $1987.87

If you’d like to help Southland Collie Rescue cover the costs of ShinBi’s care, you can:

Donate directly by sending a check to:

  • Southland Collie Rescue 
  • P.O. Box 1596
  • Brea, CA 92822-1596
  • Instruct that the donation is for ShinBi

You can donate through Just Give.

You can donate through the GoFundMe page.

Diabetes and Malnutrition

Diabetes mellitus is a common disease in dogs and according to PetsWebMD.com, some breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Miniature Schnauzers, Keeshond and Poodles have a high occurrence rate, but all breeds are affected.

The usual age of onset is about 6 to 9 years.

Diabetes results when the body, specifically in the pancreas, doesn’t produce an adequate amount of insulin. Insulins enables glucose to pass into cells, where it produces energy for metabolism. “Insulin deficiency results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (high urine sugar).  According to PetsWebMD.com, Glucose in the urine causes the diabetic animal to excrete large volumes of urine. In turn, this creates dehydration and the urge to drink large amounts of water.”

Early signs are frequent urination, excessive thirst, a large appetite and unexplained loss of weight.

Diabetes can be malnutrition related.

ShinBi is being treated with insulin.

First insulin shot