Author: Dr . Joi Sutton

Why Is It So Hard To Regulate My Diabetic Cat? – Ask Dr. Joi

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. Let’s jump right in and talk about this one about insulin resistance and regulating a diabetic kitty: I have a diabetic rescue cat who was diagnosed a little over two years ago. So far, I have been...

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U-40 Versus U-100 Insulin Syringes and Pens

I recently got a letter asking me to help choose the best insulin syringe for a pet. So today I’ll first explain the goofy lingo we use to describe insulin syringes and then discuss needles and pens and syringe volume. It’s really quite simple once you break it down. Some of it is critical to proper dosing and some of it is merely personal preference. What is the Difference Between U-40 and U-100? U-40 means there are 40 units of insulin per cc. U-100 means there are 100 units of insulin per cc. It refers to concentration of insulin....

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Pet Health Insurance – Is it For You?

A reader recently asked me what I thought of health insurance for pets. As the owner of a veterinary practice, I can tell you I have insurance out the wazoo, but I’m ambivalent about pet health insurance. I usually mention health insurance to new pet owners on their first exam. I do like it when my patients have health insurance, but I can’t tell who is the type to get insurance and who is not. Just as I don’t typically get the extended warranty when I buy an appliance, some folks would never consider health insurance on a pet....

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When Kidney Values are Increased in Cats

Today we are going to discuss how we evaluate kidney function in pets. A pet can become dehydrated from a variety of causes. Diabetics need to drink extra just to stay hydrated when the blood glucose is elevated. Kidney values on a blood profile can be increased in a dehydrated pet even if the kidneys are functioning normally. Sometimes we need to re-check kidney values and run a urinalysis to determine if the kidneys are working or not. Sometimes, when a diabetic is in crisis, the kidney values may be increased simply from dehydration. Maybe you are thinking, “Joi,...

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Home Blood Glucose Monitoring | Ask Dr. Joi

Some of the questions I get are worth sharing. These are real life questions from our readers. Your emails are the inspiration for most of my articles and certainly the “Ask Dr. Joi” series. Keep ’em coming! Today we’ll discuss home blood glucose monitoring. Question: Dear Dr. Joi, my vet is charging fifty dollars per glucose monitoring appointment and in only a month, he has gone from three units to two units to 3 units again, and now four. I’m in debt for this many office visits and he’s getting it wrong. I’ve quit him. I’m sure I can...

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