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Donation for Bella's Cataract Surgery by check noting Bella the Goldendoodle/Cataract
Bella and her family have moved to Washington, D.C. The following is her new information:
Dr.Dougherty - Primary Veterinarian
Kenwood Animal Hospital
5439 Butler Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
Or by telelphone with your credit card
Telephone - 301-654-3000
Bella's Surgery was performed at the Animal Medical Center (http://www.ancny.org/)
by: Dr. Alexandra van der Woedt
Bella is an important member of our family and has been since she was 10 weeks old. Bella is smart, playful, and a wonderful companion to our two year old daughter. She encompasses all the special traits inherit in the Goldendoodle. Bella had a bad year in 2009. In Mid-2009, we noticed that Bella began to have difficulty holding her urine, was often lethargic and generally appeared uncomfortable. We immediately brought her to our veterinarian who conducted several tests for what was initially believed to be a urinary tract infection. Unfortunately, Bella was diagnosed soon thereafter with Diabetes Mellitus. Since she was only age 2 ½ at the time, Dr. Silverman indicated that Bella has a rare form of Juvenile Diabetes.
Over the past year we have struggled to get Bella stabilized. Bella has been in and out of hospitalization and is regularly seen by an internal medicine specialist. The recent switch from Vetsulin (discontinued) to Humulin insulin has also been a challenge. Needless to say, this situation has been an emotional and financial hardship for our family. The care Bella receives and continues to receive continues to deplete our savings. We have so far spent approximately $8,000+ dollars on her care and treatment.
Our situation has now gone from bad to worse. About two months ago Bella developed cataracts in both eyes as a result of her diabetes. Since she is diabetic, her cataracts continue to mature at a hastened pace. Bella can no longer play ball, and occasionally walks into fences, walls, and our daughter. We recently brought Bella to the
Sites of Interest:
|Bella, Bella, Bella, what can we say about how you and your family have to work so many times a day to help you feel well, injections and blood draws, charting your glucose levels, monitoring and measuring your food and water input and output. And such a beautiful young girl...now the very medicine that helps you is kind of making a sugar-like substance cover your eyes and make covers that will make you blind unless they are removed. Those Doodle eyes we all know are developing a hard cover and you can barely see anymore...see all of the people who love you. We will help you, all of us will.|
Diabetes Mellitus is not very much different in canines than human beings, except the cruel reality that a dog must rely primarily on it's owner to do the blood draws, the insulin injections, the monitoring and measurement of ALL food and water in terms of both input and output. Bella must be charted freqently during the day and evening against the plan for exercise, exact meal times, a strict and restricted diet, rest, and her body's ability and inability to deal with an over or underabundance of glucose which can wildly fluctuate without constant attention.
For most dogs, a biscuit or two, a snack while the family's dinner is prepared, or something left on a table, or counter, perhaps sniffed, eaten, and enjoyed can be fatal for a diabetic dog. Frequent injections of insulin must be given by gently pulling together loose folds of skin (for example near the back of the neck between the shoulder blades). The potential for coma-ever threatening. An imbalance of sugar disturbing the entire electrolyte system of the body which can result in very high or low blood pressure, total organ failure, and death.
Diabetic dogs age much faster and sometimes develop a sugar-like substance pooling around and in front of the soft tissue of the eyes, turning into a kind of hardening icing, blurred vision, cataract development, and blindness. This is currently thought to be a side effect of the insulin. Bella's family will be faced with the personality changes of a 'sight' dog to a blind dog. We encourage you to donate, donate now to help Bella and her family with these two difficult diagnoses. Bella MUST have this secondary condition surgically repaired, immediately. Cataract surgery is expensive. In his own words Bella's father has told you of that situation.
As an aside, Karo syrup must be kept at home for any potential canine diabetic coma. It is poured on the tongue of the dog, a direct measurement against the dog's current weight! Bella has taught us a great deal Doodle friends. We encourage you to research Diabetes Mellitus and Cataract Surgery. We are not Veterinarians, and our interpretation is that which we have researched among many canine sites. Veterinary medical professionals must be consulted immediately when a double diagnosis of diseases such as Bella's are given.