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What to Feed Your Diabetic Dog

Diabetes mellitus is about a lack of insulin and a need to balance insulin given by injection with dietary nutrients, especially sugars, fats and proteins.   Insulin is typically given only after the pet has eaten so the food should taste good and the pet should want to eat it.  The food you feed your diabetic dog  must be of a quality and quantity to maintain a good body condition so that the dog is able to build muscle and a healthy amount of body fat. Some diabetic dogs are very thin while others are too fat. It is important to discuss food choices with your veterinarian to tailor the diet to the individual dog rather than to adhere to rigid dietary rules.

The ultimate goal is to feed your dog two similar meals a day, approximately 12 hours apart, with less than 10% of the total nutrients for the day coming from treats. Insulin is given within an hour of eating each meal and this schedule should be maintained with as much regularity as possible.

Things to keep in mind about food for the diabetic dog:

As long as the diet is consistent, it is generally possible to work with it in achieving diabetic regulation. Here are some additional tips:

Your veterinarian can help you choose the most appropriate food for your diabetic dog.
  

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