I own a small animal general practice but I am also a pet diabetes educator. I’ve been writing articles about diabetic pet management and more for ADWDiabetes since 2011. I enjoy taking a subject that many folks find overwhelming and making it simple.
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 […]
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 […]
There are lots of considerations when traveling with a pet. You may need a health certificate or special hotel accommodations. It is certainly an unwelcome stress for most pets. You have more to pack. You need to pay the airline extra and so on.
Many veterinary clients get irritated when veterinarians ask them to run blood glucose curves to assess the insulin dosage for their diabetic pets. When we prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications we don't make clients poke the pet periodically to assess the dosage! Why do we pick on diabetic pet owners?
Oh boy is it hot outside! You know you live in South Florida when you can break a sweat and your sunglasses fog up while going from your house to your car. Even my receptionist at my vet clinic commented on the heat the other day.
I’ve always enjoyed the 4th of July. There’s nothing quite like a big firework display. The resounding ka-booms, the glorious colors, the crowds. They are great fun for people, but pets can find them downright scary. There are many ways to help your beloved pet get through the noise and bright lights of the holiday.
It never ceases to amaze me the love and care some folks take with regulating a diabetic pet. It gives me great joy when clients check their pet's blood glucose - whether before giving an insulin injection OR running a blood glucose curve OR even if it is when something doesn't seem quite right.
Last week I got a new patient in my small animal veterinary clinic here in South Florida. The humans in this family are smart and conscientious! They did their research when their cat was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
I often get questions about raw diets both in my general practice and from my ADW readers. I received another email today about raw diet for a diabetic pet and figured it's time I write a newsletter on the subject.