Diabetes in dogs doesn’t mean the dog will die, neither does it mean it has not been taken care of properly (although it could be the reason). Most times, diabetes in dogs is a result of genetics, just like deafness in white blue eyed cats. If diabetes is properly managed in dogs, they will live just fine and happy as other dogs. As it is understood that diabetes can cause animals to have some trouble in the production and use of insulin, one must make sure to give the dog a diet that will fight this deficiency and also aid the production and utilization of insulin.
One major treatment for diabetes in dogs is through Insulin injections, however, to make sure a diabetic dog stays healthy and happy, here are some food options for diabetic dogs.
- Increase the quantities of solve and insoluble fiber in your dog’s diet. This will help you to reduce the rate at which glucose is let into the dog’s blood stream. It also fills up the digestive tract, so that you dog can feel like he is filled for much longer than he would with less fiber.
- Avoid foods with higher concentration of carbohydrates. All grain food; especially maize and soft moist food must be avoided because they are rich in carbohydrates and sugar. However, carbohydrates are also need in dogs, as it also helps in other areas of a dog’s health. So these options of carbohydrates can be replaced with other options like brown rice and bran.
- Choose foods with more protein as whole protein (especially in meat based food) is needed for dogs to feel, act and look very good. An example of such foods is deboned chicken and fish. However, unlabeled or unidentified meat meals are potentially dangerous to dogs and especially to diabetic dogs, so they must be avoided. Stick with meals that have identified meat sources and with whole protein listed as the major nutrient.
- Constant intake of water – A diabetic dog needs a lot of water in his system to aid his urination.
- Give your dog certain nutrients like vitamin E that will strengthen the dog’s immune system and also vitamin C to control its blood sugar and protect its kidney.
- You can also add good Raw vegetables and fruits like apples and bananas (in moderation however) in a diabetic dog’s diet. Also, cooked vegetables such as winter squash, green potatoes etc. will also come in handy in giving a diabetic dog the perfect nutrition.
- If you can adjust your dog’s insulin injection, you can make it coincide with the period you dog is used to eating his meals.
A diabetic dog does not have to appear ill and be separated for other dogs. Apart from the special nutrition and insulin injections, nothing should seclude a diabetic dog from other dogs.