Author: Dr . Joi Sutton

Diabetic Pets & Arthritis | 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. Today’s question talks about pet arthritis specifically regarding diabetic pets!

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Is Your Diabetic Pet Always Pestering You for Food?

This morning when I got up and wandered toward the coffee pot my cats made a beeline toward the kitchen, meowing like they hadn’t eaten in days. This, of course, is not true, no matter what they might tell you. I have a skinny male cat who refuses to eat more than a few bites at a time. And I have a voluptuous female cat that has been on a diet for the last 11 years.

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There is a New A1C Test for Diabetic Pets

Recently a new test for pet diabetes became available. It is the hemoglobin A1C for dogs and cats. I think there are definitely some situations where this test will be good for veterinary patients, but please don’t throw out your glucose meters just yet. A blood glucose curve is still my preferred test to evaluate glucose regulation in diabetic pets. Doctors use the A1C test for humans as well. This test gives us a reflection over the recent past as to what the patient’s blood glucose has been. It is a longer “look” at past blood glucose than the...

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Dr. Joi’s Tips For Traveling With Pets

Friends from Oregon are coming to visit me in south Florida soon. I’m thrilled to say they bringing their dog on vacation with them. I love this dog! This pooch will have such fun on our warm sunny beaches. Nonetheless, there are added considerations when traveling with pets. Even bringing non-diabetic pets on a plane or driving long distances can add stress to the journey. Below, I will offer up a few tips that may help with traveling with pets. Time of year may have restrictions on airline travel. This is a good thing! We don’t want your pet...

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