Caring for Your Diabetic Dog

Unfortunately, diabetes is a rampant health problem affecting dogs of all ages.  The suggestions I make here are n0t substitutes for your vet’s advice. These are simply steps I would take to help manage the disease in my dog.

There are two types of diabetes.  Type 1 requires daily insulin while Type 2 does not. Excessive water intake, obesity and gluttony are often symptoms of diabetes.  Sometimes simply exercising your overweight dog with help control the diabetes with enough weight loss.  It is believed that one of the reasons for such a high incidence of diabetes is too much sugar in dog food, along with chemical additives and preservatives.

In addition to exercise, you need to reassess the food you are feeding your dog.    You want to lower the calories along with feeding your dog a high-fiber, low-calorie food.  You also need a high quality protein in the food.  Proteins such as eggs, salmon. Fiber should include rye, barley, oats, rice, millet, quinoa.

There are plenty of nutritional supplements on the market which help as well.  For example, chromium supplements with pancreatic enzymes can be fed with their meals.  Lecithin, flaxseed oil, B vitamins are all good additions. However, you do not want to add everything at once.  Ask your vet for guidance how to incorporate each supplements slowly and methodically.

A blend of essential oils which include eucalyptus, juniper and lemon.  This can be massaged into your dog’s ears or placed on its collar.

Four drops of Crab apple and rescue remedy can each be added to 1 ounce of distilled water to create two separate solutions.  EAch solution can be added to your dog’s drinking water each day.  Four drops of each is the perfect amount.  Generally, a treatment can last from five days to two weeks.

These are simply suggestions.  None should be considered without the advice of your veterinarian.  All of which should be slowly integrated into your dog’s daily routine of feeding and exercise.

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