When it comes to diabetic pets, to give or not to give is the question!
Diabetes in dogs affects their pancreas, just as it does in humans. This means their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to regulate their glucose levels. It also means that diet plays a pretty important role in managing their blood sugar levels and overall health.
WHAT TO FEED YOUR DIABETIC PET
Because carbs metabolise to sugar in the body this means that eating carbs spikes blood sugar levels, a big no—no for diabetic pets. A diabetic dog should always stay away from carbohydrates as much as possible, meaning that the ideal diabetic dog food should have no more than 20-25% carbohydrate matter. Anything above this is believed to be too high for diabetic pets.
We recommend a diet high in soluble and insoluble fibre to regulate those blood sugar levels and minimize glucose fluctuations in diabetic pets. Soluble fibre attracts water during it’s passage through the digestive system and effectively slows digestion, and insoluble fibre doesn’t dissolve in water, meaning food passes through the tract close to it’s original form. Both are vital to reducing spikes in the blood sugar levels through aiding healthy digestion.
And finally, always listen to what your Veterinarian recommends first as they know your pet best.
WHAT NOT TO FEED YOUR DIABETIC PET
Processed and sugary foods are a big no-no for diabetic pets and try to avoid treating as much as possible. If you are like us and a big softy for the puppy eyes then allocate some of their kibble from the meal for daily treating. This means they aren’t given extra calories that can attribute to diabetic weight gain and they are only getting the best food for their health condition.
Foods that are designed for dogs with sensitive stomach issues can also pose a threat to diabetic pets as they are designed to be highly digestible, which means blood sugar levels are spiked. If your pet needs to be on one of these diets it is essential that it is under the supervision of your veterinarian as they will need to adjust the insulin given to your pet.
DISCLAIMER: The advice given in this article is of a general nature. Pet Guardians Australia recommends a health check with your local vet at least once a year for advice pertaining to your pet's individual circumstances.