Sam’s Story by Dr. Shelley Fetterolf (ER DVM – Mount Pleasant)

Sam is a very sweet and friendly 11 year old male/neutered Yorkhire Terrier.  He saw his regular veterinarian earlier this week for acute onset vomiting and anorexia.  His owner also noted a several week history of polyuria & polydypsia (pu/pd – increased urination / increased thirst).  He was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA).  He was transferred to Veterinary Emergency Care for additional work-up and care. Abdominal ultrasound revealed severe Pancreatitis, secondary to the DKA.  Sam has been with us for several days now; he has been on IV fluids, injectable medications, and has received a Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) transfusion.  We are happy to report that he has been responding very well to treatment and is on his way to recovery.
To learn more about canine / feline diabetes mellitus, diabetes ketoacidosis, and pancreatitis, please see the following website:
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