Dealing With Diabetes

With a few adjustments, you can easily manage your dog’s disease.

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Queenie was an outdoor sports enthusiast. Besides chasing chipmunks and squirrels, the Miniature American Eskimo loved walking nature trails, wading and boating, and eating redskin peanuts from the shell — which she knew how to crack herself, thank you very much. She summered in Ontario, Canada, and wintered in Florida.

If it sounds like Queenie led a charmed life, she did, despite developing diabetes when she was 41⁄2 years old.

The prospect of managing a diabetic dog can initially seem daunting — the needles, the restrictive diet, the schedule. And successful management requires time, attention, and commitment.

But as Queenie’s owner Judy Dick of Leamington, Canada, soon learned, these challenges are neither insurmountable nor arduous, and life can pretty much go on as before, with some modifications.

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