My six year old cocker spaniel Sammy was diagnosed with diabetes and I have been trying to do everything I can for him, but I am overwhelmed with the expenses. I have been laid off for over a year, my family is living on half our income, and I'm starting a very expensive accelerated nursing program to try and improve my situation, but that means that money and time are really short. My husband is working two jobs, and we have two kids, so we are finding it very difficult to manage Sam's care consistently, but we do our best and he usually gets his shot within an hour of 7 am and 7 pm. We don't really have any room for added expenses right now, but we love Sam so we are trying to work this out. I came up with money for the insulin but I really can not afford the glucose curve testing, or any vet care. I have just been trying to do my best with the pee strips, and his sugar levels are trace most of the time, or maybe 1 level higher. The vet says the glucose curve is absolutely necessary and keeps calling me, but I really do not have the ability to pay for it. Also, the food is really expensive too. I feel like a bad pet owner but when we got him we both had steady jobs, one job each, and time and extra money. Do you have any advice on managing the costs and attempting to do his care on my own without lab tests from the vet? Has anyone done this? I'm not trying to risk his health, but I just don't have the money, and I doubt anyone would adopt him with his condition, plus we love him a lot and don't want to give him up. Any advice is really appreciated Also, he seems normal. He was diagnosed, because he was peeing in the house but that's pretty much it. The vet said that he had ketones in his pee, and that at his levels he should have been lethargic, but he was running around the office licking everyone. So, I don't know how to tell if he is feeling sick, because he is usually kind of lazy and he seems happy all the time.