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This Monday I was devastated to confirm my fears that my boy Bra'tac has diabetes. He's just coming up on 12 years this July.

I noticed excessive urination and drinking over the weekend and took him in. They tested his blood and confirmed the worst. With COVID restrictions, the vet visit was even more traumatizing that it would have been normally. They whisked him away for the tests and then told me the diagnosis on the phone! After that a tech showed me how to do the injections and they basically shoved a box of syringes and a month's supply of insulin at me and that was it. I was told we will have to return in a month to see how he's responding to the treatment.

I've been crying non stop for days.

Because of COVID right now I'm luckily able to work from home with infrequent trips to the office... So feeding him regularly with the injections is okay. But my old lifestyle included working late at the office and working a night job every now and again. Bra'tac had his own automatic feeder so meals were always given at the right time even if I was running late. Of course that's not possible now as injections must go along with the meals, so I'm going to quit my second job and be regimented about being home on time every night.

But I'm hopeful for some advise and experience anyone can share. Bra'tac is extremely healthy and doesn't look at all like he's a senior dog. The only thing I've noticed is he naps more and has become hard of hearing. So I think that's part of why this has been so devastating. He didn't seem like he'd ever leave me but this is a big confirmation that he will leave. And I'm having a very hard time with that.

Does anyone have any advise on how long I can expect him to be happy and healthy as a diabetic dog? I know his breed has a life expectancy of 12-15 years. I can't believe how fast the 12 years have flown.

Thanks in advance for reading this.

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