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Going on holiday probably shouldn’t require the same sort of precise planning as a military invasion, but I’m pretty sure that George Bush and Tony Blair didn’t have to put as much thought into Iraq as we did into our holiday last week in mid-Wales.

Taking a diabetic dog on holiday requires thinking. Insulin needs to be kept refrigerated, and as our Lexie is Little Miss Fussy, some fresh food, which also requires refrigeration, was needed.

This is not to mention the various potions and lotions that her increasingly-aged mom and pop require of course! Then there are the tennis balls for Hamish, the bedcovers (just in case giant setter hoofs somehow land on pristine white bedcovers. We’ve been there, and it’s not pretty). 

Add to that various leads, poo bags, harnesses, dog dishes, knives (for cutting up said food), plus all the clothes of course, and you have yourself one serious logistical challenge. I was quite proud to find, when we got there, that the only thing I’d forgotten was a washing-up brush. I bet Tony Blair can’t say the same!

Goodness only knows what the hotel thought as the staff saw this trail of weird goods going upstairs. Refrigerators, bags of all shapes and sizes and two curious dogs. I don’t think there were any missiles, but I could have put one in by accident, of course. Various dictators have tried to explain this small oversight in court trials over the centuries (I particularly like Ghengis Khan’s immortal quote ‘doesn’t everybody take ten thousand horsemen armed to the teeth on a picnic?’). 

I have to add, at the end of a week full of sunshine and trips to the beach (and lakes and waterfalls), it’s not the easiest thing we’ve done. Lexie doesn’t eat well on holiday, and diabetic dogs, like diabetic people, have to eat when they have their injections. With people, you stand a chance of explaining this – with a grumpy hot dog who doesn’t want to eat away from home, you don’t. So I ended up pressing good cheese and fresh duck on her reluctant little self. I know there are various people out there who now want to be my pet, details are available on request (haha).

Put it this way, she survived – no dreaded hypo, which was a worry with all the extra activity and the heat. On the Sunday, when we returned, she got a bit wobbly after tearing round the garden to inspect it all in the searing heat, but some glucose and a couple of her favourite chew sticks seemed to do the trick, and today she is back to being Queen Lexie, she of the upside-down snoring regime.

I would love to hear from anyone else who has taken dogs with health problems on holiday, how does everyone manage?Image

 

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Lexie - pickle dog is ill...

This is Lexie in typical hairy, skulky mode… She is a great little dog with bags full of character – I’ve described before my experiences training her, which have left me with a very deep love of this funny little girl.

Odd how life turns though – she’s been very quiet and down, and so we took her to see the vet, who has diagnosed that she has diabetes. Yes, dogs do get diabetes! And the procedure is much the same as for humans – she has to have daily injections of insulin and her meals have to be timed and monitored too, to make sure they match the peaks and lows of her blood sugar.

Naturally, I am finding the injection process terrifying. I didn’t sleep the night before the first one. The vet had shown my husband how to do the injection, and he had done his best to show me, but nevertheless, the idea of sticking a needle into my best buddy…

These things you can only do because you hope and pray it is for the best for her, so I did it, after a completely sleepless night, then burst into tears. Two days on, three injections under my belt, I am feeling a bit less worried but I still spend hours checking she is breathing.

She’s also got a snazzy pair of incontinence panties for the days when she drinks too much and leaks in her sleep. She is bearing it all very gracefully, even the needle, bless her. What a wonderful dog… Hamish and I are being as supportive as we can – Hamish is being very encouraging, bless him, offering tennis balls and indeed to help her eat her food. You can’t say better than that!