By rellypoo Latest Reply 2011-11-17 17:31:10 -0600
Started 2011-11-12 16:38:31 -0600

Hi, I was wondering does anybody else have pets that have "human" diaseases. I have a 15 year old dog with diabetes, My parents have a dog that has epileptic fits and heart disease. My brother had 2 Saint bernards 1 with stomache cancer the other with leukemia. I just find it interesting that our beloved pets can go through the things we go through.

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Caliafiosgram62 2011-11-17 17:31:10 -0600 Report

We have a five year old male cat (a stray who came to us) who has feline AIDS. I didn't know that that existed until we took Fredd to the vets and they told us. We were also told that as long as he doesn't get into any scrapes or fights, he should live to a ripe old age. We can only hope. He has turned into quite a lap cat and hates to go out, so that is very possible

cavie2 2011-11-17 15:05:41 -0600 Report

hey girl, my female yorkie Mica was epileptic and had a heart murmur she eventually had to be put to sleep when she developed a cancerous tumor on one of her teets and it spread into her stomach she swelled up and looked as if she had swallowed a football. My eldest son and partner had a female doberman who had diabetes, I had to tell them to stop feeding her their left over food as well as her own food. Explaining about extra salt, sugar and carbohydrates in the food that humans eat was not doing her any favours as she was not responding to the insulin injections she was having because of all the extra food she was being given. She improved and started to respond to the insulin but died last August 2010

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valentine lady 2011-11-15 14:34:29 -0600 Report

Rellypoo: I have a cat that gets kidney stones. He's had 2 surgeries for them and now on special food that has to be by prescription only from the Vet and he's the only one who can get it. It's better than surgery that cost a small fortune. I have his stones with me for those people who think I'm kidding. Their just to large for him to pass. Valentine lady

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 13:58:08 -0600 Report

Last year we had to say good-bye to our pointer who we thought had epileptic seizures. It turned out to be cancer in his brain. It was sad. One day he would act like a puppy, the next we had to take him outside because he could not figure out where his feet were. Once it was totally taking over, it took only a week before we knew we had to say good-bye. It was hard, still makes me cry. But he is in a happy place now, waiting to greet us on the other side.

berrykins0 2011-11-13 07:34:28 -0600 Report

i have had hamsters with boilson belly and one in the eye. and with cancer with lump on its chest.i had hamsters i swear had thyriod problems. these things are possiblw with hamsters. i read these things in my books about hamsters. i have had hamsters sense i have been 10yrs old. been throught alot with them.i have had 17 hamsters sense i have been ten yrs old. i'm now 38yrs old. a person gets so attached to animals its hard to see them suffer then die. i call myself a animal lover. i don't think i could do without them in my life. the first hamster i had i took care of it for a teacher at school.after that i wanted one myself so i kepted buying them.they are an animal that likes to be alone in the cage not with another one they will fight if you put them together.other rodents arre able to be put together.there just kinda different.i love them to if they were my children.

jayabee52 2011-11-13 01:05:48 -0600 Report

Howdy Narelle
One of Jem's friends had a dog named Lucy who had diabetes and was given insulin to manage it. I didn't ask how they determined what Lucy needed by way of insulin, or whether they tested her blood Glucose. I will need to ask if they tested Lucy's BG. (Lucy had died in Nov 2010)

I have also heard that cats are notorious for developing kidney disease

kimcavett 2011-11-12 20:51:53 -0600 Report

Wow, this is great. I love my little dog. I don't know what I who do if she got sick. She did jump out of my car window 6 months ago. She like barking at the cows. It scared me to death. I thought she was going loose her eye.
Silly little thing thought she could fly. Her name is TinkerBell after all.

berrykins0 2011-11-13 07:43:11 -0600 Report

animals do crazy things sometimes. my hamster get way from me i don't attend them they hide in corners so much fun finding them.i can tell you other crazy thingi woke up one time thought i was dreaming my hamster go out of his cage in the middle of the night and he found his way out of the cage even though i had him on my dresser in a cage. he manage to get down off the dresser after getting out of the cage.then he found his way on to my bed i woke up he was on my back. i thought i was otherthing i had him in his cage down stairs when weather was warm and he chewed the ring off of the tunneland got out i had him up high on a table hegot off of that and crawled in to a corner.i'm lucky i found him. i learned to put tape around the rings so it wouldn't happen again and it didn't. like say they do crazy things sometimes.this maybe alot to read but verry intresting.take care.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 20:58:30 -0600 Report

LOL! She was trying to live up to her name! :)

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 19:21:01 -0600 Report

I had 2 miniture daschunds (weiner dogs!) Maggie and Mikey. They didn't have any physical problems, but Mikey was neurotic and did not like to be left alone! He would cry and cry. Maggie was just spoiled rotten, she was more my Mom's dog. Boy I miss her and the babies!

pixsidust 2011-11-12 18:47:08 -0600 Report

I had a cat who was diabetic too. He had a perscription at Walgreens and called him Jeff the Cat Thompson for liquid tagamet. He also went into renal failure and I gave him subQ fluids under his loose skin daily. He actually came out of the renal failure after 6 months. Yes our babies get sick too

Gracie40 2011-11-12 18:05:41 -0600 Report

I had a cat that was diabetic. I gave her 10 units of insulin daily. The vet told me their normal blood glucose is 70 to 120, similar to ours. How I found out about her diabetes was her frequent drinking and urinating. Sound familiar?

ShellyLargent 2011-11-12 18:01:30 -0600 Report

We had a Golden Retriever who was allergic to dirt and fleas… Had to give him Benedryl once a day or his hair would start to fall out and he would scratch constantly! We also had to bathe him with medicated shampoos.

Caroltoo 2011-11-12 17:35:28 -0600 Report

Had two cats for 15 and 18 years. They were litter sisters. Both developed lung cancer. One died within 3 months of having a portion of her right lung removed surgically; the other had the same surgery on the left lung and lived 3 years. She later died of an immune disease at the ripe old age of 18.
Now have new cat who faithfully awakens me every morning at 6A with a loving headbutt to remind me that it's time for his breakfast.

Young1s 2011-11-12 20:24:11 -0600 Report

When I was a young girl, I had a cat that nibble on my ears in the morning for that same thing. Lol I had forgotten about that.

Caroltoo 2011-11-13 01:08:14 -0600 Report

My 18 year old sweetie used to pick my right wrist up by a bracelet that I wear all the time (latch is too complicated to do one handed by myself). She'd catch the bracelet in her teeth and raise my hand. Then she would release the bracelet over her head so my hand would pet her. It would only take a couple times before I would wake up and start to pet her without her help. I miss her.

rellypoo 2011-11-15 15:16:38 -0600 Report

What a great response, our dear pets are so special to all of us, they definately become part of the family.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-12 17:31:27 -0600 Report

I was a janitor at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 18 months. During that time I learned that pets can get all human diseases plus animal diseases like distemper. A friend had a cat with diabetes.

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