Poppys owners telephoned the surgery late one Sunday
evening. She was collapsed and had been fitting at home and
they were very worried about her. Poppys owner also
mentioned in the telephone conversation that she was a diabetic.
At this point the duty nurse realised that there may be a
possibility that poppy was having a hypo attack
and advised her owners to try and carefully smear jam or glucose
syrup onto her gums. Poppys owners were also advised
to bring her to the surgery as soon as possible.
When she arrived at the surgery she was indeed collapsed
and nearly unconscious but she was no longer fitting. Her
owners reported that the glucose syrup had helped a little.
The first priority with Poppy was to take a blood sample
to measure her blood glucose level this would give
us an indication as to whether or not she was in a hypoglycaemic
attack or not. Poppys glucose level was 0.9mmol, which
was dangerously low.
The most important thing that we now had to do for Poppy
was to get glucose (sugars) into her. This was achieved by
giving intravenous fluids.
Poppy had two drip lines set up and these were administered
as fast as possible. This had an amazing effect and within
15 20 minutes Poppy was starting to lift her head up
and wag her tail. As soon as we were able to, when she was
sitting up, we gave her some food. She ate this really well.
Poppy was monitored very closely over the next few hours.
She had blood glucose tests done every 20 minutes or so. They
began to rise quite well and then they suddenly dropped again.
More food was given and we increased the fluid rates again.
This helped and when the blood glucose came up the second
time it remained up.
In the morning she was much brighter and happier and a bit
more like her old self. She was monitored closely over the
next couple of days. We continued to take blood glucose tests,
at regular intervals, to check her progress whilst we got
her back into her normal routine.
Poppy was very pleased to see her owner when she went home
three days later and she is continuing to do well.