Features June 2012 Issue

Help Manage Your Dog’s Diabetes Through Proper Diet

For best results, dogs with diabetes should be fed the same type and quantity of food every 12 hours just before or after their insulin injections.

Help Manage Your Dog’s Diabetes Through Proper Diet

Finding the right diet for a diabetic dog is a key part of managing this disease.

There is no single “best” diet for dogs with diabetes. Most diabetic dogs do fine on a diet formulated for adult maintenance. And most do not require a high-fiber prescription diet. However, it is important to maintain consistent carbohydrate levels, and a diet moderately low in fat may be safest. The nutritional needs of any concurrent disease should take precedence.

Dogs with diabetes can thrive on diets that are dry or canned, prescription, frozen raw, home-prepared (cooked or raw), and combinations of any of these. See the samples below (starting with “Prescription Diets”) for a variety of diets that have worked well for diabetic dogs and their caregivers. We’ll say it again: There is no single “best” diet for dogs with diabetes. Most diabetic dogs do fine on a diet formulated for adult maintenance. And most do not require a high-fiber prescription diet.

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