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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

Katie is a nine year old terrier/poodle mix who was brought to the shelter to be euthanized. The people who surrendered her told the staff that she was old and it was “her time”. She had never been seen by a veterinarian and had not been spayed.

She had skin issues and had patches of hair missing. Lab work showed she was diabetic. The shelter staff contacted Old Dog Haven because Katie needed to begin insulin treatment which could not be done at the shelter.

Once a foster home was found, she was seen be an ODH vet who confirmed the diabetes diagnosis. Katie was also diagnosed with bilateral luxating patellas. Insulin treatment was started and monitored for several weeks. Her sugar levels became too low so her vet contacted an animal internal medicine specialist to discuss how to proceed. It was discovered that female dogs that have not been spayed can develop diabetes when they go into their heat cycle. Once Katie was spayed, her diabetes disappeared! She recently had a dental done and had four teeth removed.

Katie loves to play and acts like a very young dog. Squeaky toys are her favorite and they do not last very long. Her goal is to destroy the part that squeaks. She loves car rides and chasing squirrels out of the yard.

Dear Katie is funny and social and wants to be included in everything that is going on. The goal is for her to live a much longer life since she is a “young” senior.

Update:  The amazing Katie now has another challenge.  The diabetes has returned so the vets are trying to get a handle on why that happened and how we can get it addressed.  We are hoping that Katie can overcome this additional challenge!

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