Effective treatment of canine diabetes is very rewarding. You can help your dog regain its quality of life. Your veterinarian can determine if your dog’s symptoms are diabetes-related and devise a treatment plan. You can successfully manage your diabetic dog’s health with insulin therapy, the correct diet and exercise.
Diet is extremely important in the successful management of canine diabetes. Ideally your dog should be fed exactly the same diet every day given at the same time. Lots of treats and snacking between meals should be avoided. This doesn’t mean that your dog cannot have any treats at all. Your veterinarian will be able to suggest snacks suitable for diabetic dogs that can be given occasionally.
Diet impacts the amount of insulin released in the body – in both humans and canines. After a meal is digested glucose is released into the bloodstream. Insulin responds to glucose levels. If your dog is not producing the proper amount of insulin, its blood glucose levels will get too high. The type of food that your diabetic dog eats can have a significant effect on this.
A meal full of sugar causes a sudden increase in blood glucose. If a meal is high in complex carbohydrates (starch and fiber) glucose is released over a longer period in a more controlled way, without spikes in blood glucose levels. An ideal diabetes diet is usually restricted in fat content, has a high complex carbohydrate content, and is high in fiber. Your veterinarian can help you choose a proper diet. With treatment, your diabetic dog can have a very full and rewarding life.