How to treat diabetes in dogs

Diabetes

Once diagnosed by your vet, your diabetic dog will need to be injected with insulin (probably twice a day) to control their blood glucose. Although injecting your dog sounds like a worry, your vet will help you learn how to do this confidently and it will soon become part of you and your dog’s daily routine. Keeping your diabetic dog’s weight in check and making sure they have a good exercise routine are also great ways you can help your diabetic dog be as healthy as possible.

Paying careful attention to your dog’s diet will go a long way towards helping keep symptoms to a minimum. Your vet might recommend a specially designed diabetic dog food-these are usually high in protein and contain complex carbohydrates to avoid those post-meal sugar rushes. Whatever you choose, your aim is to keep your dog away from anything that will set off a blood sugar spike. Look for a high fibre diet containing complex carbohydrates, which will help to keep blood sugar under control and avoid diets containing simple carbohydrates.

Steer clear of diets containing unnecessary fillers and artificial additives. Why not try Chicken Dinner, Turkey Terrific, Chicken Delicious or Fish Supper? They’re crammed with nutritious and fresh sources of complex carbohydrates like sweet potato. Natural sources of fibre like apple and parsnip help give a slow and steady glucose release whilst plenty of fresh, human-grade meat makes our recipes high in good quality protein. (By the way, did you know that around 2kg of fresh food is squeezed into our 500g packs?) And of course, you won’t find any artificial additives-it’s all perfectly pure and superbly simple. We’ve also been told that our diets are actually very tasty. Because you’re in control of adjusting the consistency (just add warm water to prepare anything from a soothing soup to a moist mash), you can panda to the most discerning pooch palate.

How you feed your diabetic dog is also important: stick to a consistent routine for mealtimes, feeding the same food at the same time of day. It’s also time to get out of the habit of feeding snacks and being extra aware of what your dog might be scavenging off the floor when they think you’re not looking!