Dear Readers: Early last year, our beautiful 10-year-old miniature schnauzer, Savvi, was not quite herself. She seemed to be getting a little thinner. So we took her to our veterinarian for her regular checkup and mentioned our concerns. After an examina tion and blood tests, she was diagnosed with diabetes.
We immediately started treatment with daily insulin shots per our vet's instructions, and she did well. Several months later, she went blind, which is not uncommon with diabetes.
It has been more than a year now, and she has adapted and is doing remarkably well. She occasionally bumps into a few things, but she gets where she wants to go! We have become her ''seeing-eye people.''
So, here's a hint from Savvi: If your dog or cat exhibits any signs like increased thirst, weight loss or frequent urination, visit the veterinarian ASAP. It might not be diabetes, but whatever it is, it's always best to have it checked out right away. -- Heloise
IT'S A FACT!
Did you know that rabbits can be housebroken? They can be trained to use a litter box.
They are soft and adorable and make wonderful pets. There is one caution to take, however. They love to chew, so don't let them run around the house unsupervised.
It's best to keep them in a large cage and let them out frequently to play and exercise.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 or fax it to 210-HELOISE.
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