All I wanted was just a dog. I didn’t imagine all of the medical experiences I would get with having one, and I never imagined having a dog with diabetes. When I got the diagnosis it broke my heart. Why did he have to be sick? I just knew he was going to die and when he didn’t I discovered, and am still discovering, just what a joy he is to have, how much he has taught me about being a patient and about just how much you can love an animal. This is a true account of the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs during the life of my dog Pokey. Even with all of the problems he has had to endure, he still loves life and lives it to the fullest.
When my dog was diagnosed with diabetes, I thought that was the end of him right then. My vet told me that diabetes wasn’t a death sentence and that we would do our best to get it under control. I love my dog and I was willing to do whatever it took to take care of him. That was over three years ago and I still have my dog today. Not that his care and treatment hasn’t been difficult and scary at times, but with the right care and medication, the right information and some helpful tips, it can make caring for your diabetic dog a lot easier. I have written this informative book in hopes that it will help someone else to not just give up hope on their dog. I will explain all of the different tricks, tips, and trials I have had to go through with my dog to give him the best care I possibly can so that I can keep him as long as God will allow, and I wanted to write this book while he was still alive as an honor to him because to me he is much more than a dog in my life…he is an angel.
I want to say a special thank you to Pokey’s veterinarian, Dr.Paul Seminara and his staff at Green Mountain Animal Hospital, Laura and Amanda, also Lauren, who has since moved. They have seen Pokey since February of 2007, before he was diagnosed with diabetes. They have been the kindest and most medically knowledgeable group of dedicated people I have ever seen. There has never been a time that they haven’t been able to help Pokey or myself, with whatever he was going through after I started taking him there. They have been available to see him upon short notice at times, and are always available to ask a question over the phone. Every one of the staff have been so friendly. They don’t sugar coat the diagnosis, but are there for you with kindness when the diagnosis is not favorable, and it has meant so much. They are so good in fact, Pokey loves to go to the vet! I would also like to say a thank you to the new staff who have been introduced to Pokey since this book had started being written.
I also want to thank Dr. Kathy Mitchner, DVM. Founder of her own private practice, Angel Care Cancer Clinic for Animals, specializing in veterinary oncology. Thank you for giving us hope when we were so scared. A final thanks to my friends and family who have had to hear me over the years explain in anguish and fear sometimes of what we were going through and for them loving us through it.