|Betsy Ridenour helps manage Stella's diabetes
at home with regular insulin injections.
Betsy Ridenour spent most of her life terrified of needles—to the point that if one even appeared on TV, she had to shut her eyes. That was before the day she rushed her beloved dog, Stella, to an emergency animal hospital when she “knew something was wrong” and learned the little Dachshund has diabetes.
The veterinarian told her Stella would need regular insulin injections and asked Ridenour if she and her husband were willing to commit to giving shots at home. Despite her fear, Ridenour didn’t hesitate to say yes.
“I was so scared I was going to lose her that I would have done anything,” she said.
Just as in humans, diabetes in pets occurs when the body cannot convert glucose, or sugar, into energy due to problems producing or regulating the hormone insulin. This creates toxic compounds called ketones that, if left untreated, can result in serious illness or death. To help the pet process glucose properly, owners must administer insulin injections.
Though it was a challenge to overcome her fear of needles—and to stop giving Stella treats—Ridenour said the results made the experience...