Poor Toby

We took our dog Toby to the vet last week after he started having tremors. We finally got test results back today that he has a pancreatic tumor, or insulinoma. Our vet said that he most likely has less than six months left. Over the course of the next few months, as his blood sugar becomes harder to maintain, he will probably start having seizures that increase in intensity and frequency.

The good news is that Toby really likes the treatment for insulinoma. Toby is about 8o pounds now. When we got him at the Humane Society five years ago, he was 98 pounds. We put him on a diet and got him to 72 pounds, but he’s stayed around 80 since the kids came along and started dropping food on the floor. Still, we’ve had to be really careful about monitoring his weight. Well, not anymore. Since insulinoma makes blood sugar levels drop, the treatment is small, frequent meals to keep his blood sugar up. We’re also giving him prednisone, which we give him in food, so he doesn’t mind that either. 

We’re really sad. Toby is such a good dog.

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12 thoughts on “Poor Toby

  1. I’m so sorry, Tracy. As hard as it is, I think it’s lovely that you get a chance to spoil him and let him know over and over how very much he is loved.

    BTW, (in people, don’t know about dogs) prednisone increases appetite and causes bitchiness. He may get a little snappy about his food.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that. Our dog suffers from seizures. Luckily they are currently controlled with medication. Enjoy the time you have left with him. I’m sure he is a happy dog with such a loving family!
    Andrea

  3. I found you through the insulinoma dogs website. We were told that our dog, Pepper, only had 6 months if we did not do surgery. I was really scared about the surgery, but we had it done at a specialty vet clinic and am very happy with the results! Hang in there!

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