Author: Dr . Joi Sutton

A New Non-Steroid Treatment for Diabetic Dogs with Allergies

You know I’m always on the lookout for treatments for allergy dogs, especially diabetic allergy dogs, that don’t involve steroids. Remember that steroids cause insulin resistance amongst other unpleasant side effects. Steroids can derail a diabetic’s blood glucose regulation in a New York minute. Until recently, we didn’t have a lot of effective treatments for severely itchy diabetic dogs. We would use antihistamines, food trials, omega 3 fatty acids, avoidance of the allergen, etc. In general, veterinarians use immunosuppressive drugs if needed to give allergic dogs relief from itching and scratching. Immunosuppressive drugs include steroids and cyclosporine and more...

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How About Hard to Regulate Diabetic Dogs?

I get some great questions from clients. They inspire me with article ideas and keep me in tune with diabetic pet owners. I enjoy interacting with our readers, and sometimes the questions are worthy of a newsletter. I bet if one person has this question and takes the time to write me, there are likely lots of folks with a similar question. Today we’re going to talk about hard to regulate diabetic dogs. Dr. Joi, I enjoyed your article about hard to regulate diabetes in cats. I have an 11-year old Labrador that was diagnosed with diabetes this past...

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Yes You Can Regulate Your Diabetic Pet

Sometimes pet owners feel they just can’t do something. I’ll admit, collecting blood from your pet or giving an injection the first few times can be daunting for a pet owner. I recall 30 years ago, when I was just a pup, giving injections into an orange to practice. It’s true! Last week a woman brought in her diabetic cat who was on an oral hypoglycemic medication but no insulin. Her prior vet is a good friend of mine and was greatly frustrated by this client’s refusal to give insulin injections. She did what she could, with the owner’s...

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Do You Shake or Roll Insulin?

When I was in vet school many moons ago, they taught us that shaking insulin could inactivate the particles. We were taught to gently roll the bottle between our hands to suspend the particles. The story has changed a bit since. The package insert for Vetsulin now actually recommends shaking the bottle. This wording was new when Vetsulin came back on the market. Some insulin, such as Glargine, apparently doesn’t need mixing at all. Mostly, I’d still recommend rolling most insulin bottles. If in doubt, roll it. Why does this matter? A few years ago I met a pet...

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Anxiety At The Vet Clinic

This morning after Shavasana, which is the final relaxation phase of a yoga class where you are to clear your mind of everything and just relax, I started thinking about anxiety. A client expressed to me the other day how anxious he was when I had anesthetized his pet. Anxiety is a crummy aspect of caring. It’s important to care and own your emotions, but when it goes overboard it can be self-destructive. I come from a family of “hand wringers”. If anyone had even a routine doctor appointment my mom and her cousin would sit out in the...

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