About Dr . Joi Sutton

Dr. Joi Sutton is a 1993 graduate from Oregon State University. She has practiced both in emergency medicine and general practice. Dr. Sutton has done extensive international volunteer work though Veterinary Ventures, a nonprofit organization that takes teams of veterinarians to undeveloped countries for humane medical care. She also runs a small animal practice in South Florida.
Sep 19, 2018

Communication with Your Veterinarian and Expectations with Pet Diabetes

By |2018-09-11T15:00:41+00:00Updated: September 19th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Diabetes, Pet Newsletter|0 Comments

I've been part of the ADWDiabetes team since 2011. In that time I have fielded thousands of emails from readers who have felt disappointment or frustration or even helplessness about their pet's diabetic condition. And sometimes they may mention something derogatory about their family veterinarian.

Sep 12, 2018

Pet Ear Meds That Won’t Affect Diabetes | Ask Dr. Joi

By |2018-09-18T09:31:13+00:00Updated: September 12th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Diabetes, Pet Newsletter|0 Comments

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.

Aug 22, 2018

Timing is Everything

By |2018-09-07T14:27:54+00:00Updated: August 22nd, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Diabetes, Pet Newsletter|79 Comments

A friend recently told me that she always comes up with the perfect comeback. Her problem is that she thinks of it 20 minutes too late. Yep, sometimes timing is everything. When it comes to diabetes care of our pets, timing can make the difference between a well regulated diabetic pet and a "mostly" regulated diabetic pet.

Aug 15, 2018

Marvels of Modern Veterinary Medicine

By |2018-08-16T10:53:09+00:00Updated: August 15th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Newsletter|0 Comments

I remember back when I was trying to get into vet school in the mid 1980's. Oregon State University required I had a small quota of hours before applying, so I volunteered one summer at a mixed animal practice in Woodburn, Oregon. They treated llamas and goats and dairy cows along with dogs and cats. It was a regular James Herriott kind of clinic. Today, I'm here in Molalla, Oregon, visiting my mom this week and I think back to that summer. How veterinary practice was just 30 years ago is vastly different than veterinary practice is in modern times.

Aug 8, 2018

What the Heck Is the Somogyi Swing?

By |2018-08-15T15:45:52+00:00Updated: August 8th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Diabetes, Pet Newsletter|4 Comments

Every now and then a diabetic pet just doesn't seem to make sense. On paper it all seems so simple. You give insulin which should lower the pet's blood glucose level for some period of time until it rises again. After all, insulin drives energy into cells. After an insulin injection we expect the blood glucose to go down, but sometimes it does not. Sometimes a pet doesn't seem to respond to insulin at all. Sometimes, you get a Somogyi Swing.

Aug 1, 2018

Lyme Disease Is on the Rise in Dogs

By |2018-08-15T14:22:02+00:00Updated: August 1st, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Grooming, Pet Newsletter|0 Comments

As you know I am the staff veterinarian for ADW Diabetes, but I also own and run a small animal practice in South Florida. I enjoy treating diabetic pets and getting them on the right track, but I treat all sorts of diseases at my small animal clinic. Recently I've noticed a rise in Lyme Disease in dogs with the rising temperatures. I especially stress wellness care for my patients.

Jul 12, 2018

Pet Diabetes Diet Choices Can Greatly Affect Blood Glucose Levels

By |2018-07-13T10:10:47+00:00Updated: July 12th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Diet & Nutrition, Pet Newsletter|4 Comments

I think it’s easier for human diabetics to make sound nutritional choices for themselves than for their diabetic pets. Eating a colorful salad is clearly a better choice than eating a greasy burger on a thick white bun. Eating broccoli is clearly a better choice than having a cupcake. You can expect simple carbs like white […]

Jul 5, 2018

Best Ways to Combat Heat with a Diabetic Pet

By |2018-07-11T11:29:34+00:00Updated: July 5th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Newsletter|2 Comments

I live in South Florida. Perhaps the general public in such a warm climate has better awareness about dangers of heat and thus have better ways to combat heat. I’ve yet to treat a patient with heat stroke at my general practice. I’m sure pets in south Florida get heat stroke, but my clients seem pretty […]

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