There are special formulated diets for diabetic dogs.
The goal of these diets is to improve blood glucose control.
In diabetes an adequate nutrition acts by reducing post prandial hyperglycemia.
Timing meals and insulin administrations is advisable to get the best possible glycemic control.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your dog is not able to use sugar (glucose) efficiently and to control the sugar level in the blood.
Insulin, which is a hormone produced in the pancreas, is indispensable for regulating the use and storage of blood glucose.
Inadequate levels of blood insulin concentration is potentially life threatening.
Diabetes is a serious disease because there is no cure, but it is controllable.
There are two types of diabetes:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Diabetes insipidus
There are some features that increase the possibility of your dog become diabetic.
Diabetes risk factors are the follow:
- Age (peak onset is around 8 years)
- Gender (female dogs are twice as likely to develop diabetes)
- Breed: For example breeds like samoyeds, miniature schnauzers, miniature poodles and bichon frise are more prone to diabetes
- Other factors include: Poor nutrition, hormonal abnormalities and stress
Diabetes Clinical Signs
The signs of diabetes are difficult to identify because they are non specific.
If your dog presents the following signs I advise you to contact your veterinarian.
Role of nutrition
Establishing a routine is the key to keeping a diabetic dog healthy.
You must know that the key to remain your dog’s diabetes controlled is to feed the same amount of the same diet at the same time every day.
Taking into consideration the food components fiber is key in managing the disease because moderate to high-levels of fiber:
- Low insulin necessities and blood glucose levels
- Make the body more responsive to insulin
- Reduce the rate of digestion
- Optimize a slow, steady release of sugar into the blood
My advice is feed your diabetic dog with a diet recommended by your veterinarian with a reliable nutrient profile.
This will help you to keep your dog’s metabolism level stable so he can stay healthy.