Diabetes is at an all-time high around the world. 1 in 10 humans has diabetes. Scientists believe this will jump to 1 out of 3 by 2050 at the current rate of growth.
Humans are not the only animals afflicted with diabetes. Although only 1 out of 100 dogs is diabetic.
Diabetes is treated the same in both humans and dogs, with daily shots of insulin (or pill form meds). It also has the same symptoms and causes the same health issues.
Blindness is one of the sad side effects of diabetes. That’s what happened to an Irish Terrier named Duffy.
His family had rescued him from a very bad situation. He adjusted beautifully to their family and they all loved him.
Then, Duffy started drinking a lot of water. Then he began having accidents in the house, something he’d never done before.
His family took him to the vet where he was diagnosed as being diabetic. He was put on daily insulin shots, which the family administered according to the vet’s instructions.
In the space of 3 months, Duffy went from being an active normal 8-year-old terrier to being totally blind. He learned how to get around okay, but his family grieved because of all of the things Duffy would never be able to do again.
After it was determined that Duffy had been prescribed the wrong dosage of insulin, they got his A1C number back in line with proper dosage. (The A1C count is the test for sugar level in the bloodstream.)
At that point, they were told that if they wanted to go for it, Duffy was a candidate for eye surgery to restore his sight. The family jumped at the chance, even though the price tag was somewhat staggering.
They said it was worth whatever sacrifice they needed to make to have it done. Duffy was worth it. He was family.
They made the arrangements with a canine ophthalmologist (doggy eye doctor). They would have to be sure that Duffy’s diabetes remained under control. Otherwise, there shouldn’t be any problems from the surgery.
They all waited anxiously as the eye surgeon worked on Duffy. Then, someone came to the waiting room to tell them that Duffy had made it through in flying colors.
Soon, Duffy came out himself to see them. The following video is of Duffy the first time he saw his people after months of being blind.
The joy in the room is almost overwhelming. The wagging tail, the smiles, the laughter, the happiness…beautiful.
Not everyone who gets diabetes will lose their eyesight. But, we live in a world now where it’s no longer a life sentence if it happens.
And for a little dog like Duffy, who had already gone through enough bad experiences for a lifetime, that is a wonderful thing.
Thanks to Duffy’s family for going the extra mile and finding the money for the expensive surgery to restore his eyesight. They say they have been paid back in full just by the joy of watching Duffy seeing the world again through new eyes.
Duffy’s owner posted on Reddit about the experience. “…it costs about $350 a month on insulin and the surgery itself was about $5,000. I know most people will that [say] that was a waste of money but whatever. He’s happy and he makes us happy, he’s family to us, you can’t put a price on family.”
And they are family to him. We love hearing stories about people who understand that the bond between dog and owner goes far beyond “ownership.” We wish everyone could have a family like Duffy’s!