Problems with needles
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.