Prob­lems with nee­dles

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Dr Ian Schraa’s ad­vice on di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing di­a­betes in pets (Fe­bru­ary 4) was great, es­pe­cially the bit about not be­ing put off by hav­ing to give daily in­jec­tions.

All my life I’ve hated be­ing punc­tured, or see­ing it hap­pen to any­one else – even to the ex­tent of hold­ing my chil­dren at arm’s length when they were lit­tle, and look­ing the other way.

I can’t stand even see­ing it on TV.

But when con­fronted one morn­ing with a di­a­betic dog, wait­ing pa­tiently on the couch for his morn­ing shot, and dis­cov­er­ing that ev­ery­one else had gone to work and left me alone with him, I knew he was de­pend­ing on me – and I found I could do it!

Af­ter that it was a breeze, and I was even able to do it ev­ery day for a week if I had to.

When a ball of fluff is de­pend­ing on you to keep him/her alive, you can do what­ever’s needed.

So don’t be put off if your vet says your pet’s di­a­betic. It needn’t mean hav­ing to have a fam­ily mem­ber put down, and the cost is min­i­mal, com­pared to the trauma of hav­ing the whole fam­ily up­set at the al­ter­na­tive.

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