Cat Diabetes and Dog Diabetes

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 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.

Jun 7, 2018

Can’t I Just Give My Pet a Prescribed Dose of Insulin and Be Done with It?

By |2018-07-09T08:46:24+00:00Updated: June 7th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Diabetes, Pet Newsletter|6 Comments

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?

Apr 17, 2018

Don’t Feel Badly About Poking Fluffy | Getting a Pet Glucose Curve

By |2018-04-19T08:58:16+00:00Updated: April 17th, 2018|Pet Care, Pet Diabetes, Pet Newsletter|14 Comments

Two weeks ago I had a client who forced my hand and made me do a blood glucose curve in my clinic. Normally I expect, and strongly encourage, my clients to run their curves at home to avoid the complication of "stress hyperglycemia". This phenomenon is when the liver turns stored glycogen into glucose when a pet is stressed.

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