I am a diabetic but I do not own a diabetic pet. My friend owns a diabetic dog and I have spoken with him and also researched the best diabetic dog food brands to present to my readers. I will also be posting some reviews on these products on this website very soon.
In terms of diabetic dog food brands there are numerous out there in the market place. A few well-known names include Eukanuba diet food, Hills prescription weight loss food and Royal Canin. The best course of action to prevent diabetic dog complications is to go to your local vet to seek advice on diabetic dog food brands.
The good news…
The good news is with some care and love your dog should lead a normal, healthy life. Most diabetic dogs will not need special prescription food from the vet. As its owner you will have to monitor your dogs intake of food and his/ her activity levels.
The most important thing
The main and most important point of controlling your dog’s blood sugar levels, especially if he/ she is a type 1 diabetes dog is feeding him/ her consistently at the same time every day. The amount of food you feed your diabetic dog should also be consistent. Like a human diabetic you need to feed your dog the right amount of protein, carbs and fat. You should also consider a meal which contains fibre and is low GI. That is where the specialised diabetic dog food brands come in.
Your diabetic dog’s diet should consist of meat as opposed to kibble as kibble contains more carbohydrates than canned meat. The meat that your dog eats should be low in fat so as to manage his/ her weight. Diabetic dog snacks are ok to give your best friend. Just watch for the ones that have high sugar content or ingredients such as fructose, dextrose, molasses or maltose.
It is important to monitor your dogs exercise on a daily basis. This will be crucial when giving your dog his or her insulin. If your dog does a large level of exercise it will lower his or her blood sugar naturally and you will have to take precautions when adjusting its insulin level.
Getting used to it
No doubt that it will be a challenge at first but like anything, once you are into a routine it will be like clockwork. With plenty of love your diabetic dog will lead a normal healthy long life.
If you have any questions or comments or if you own a diabetic dog and would like to offer my readers some advice please leave a comment below.