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Nutrition Research for Diabetic Dogs

Besides an insulin regimine, diet is the most important factor in improving and maintaining the health of a diabetic dog. Many dog foods on the market contain an astonishing amount of sugar, and for diabetic dogs, this can mean dangerous spikes in their blood glucose levels. However, contrary to popular belief, a poor diet and/or obesity are not the causes of diabetes in dogs. Here are things to keep in mind when doing nutrition research for your dog.


Diet for Diabetic Dogs

Since most diabetic dogs develop Type 1 diabetes, the most important factor for a healthy diet is regular feeding intervals. Find a type of food that your dog likes and stick to that food. Also, try to feed your dog at the same time each day, ideally in two meals at 12 hours intervals. Any change in food will mean a difference in carbohydrates, which will affect the amount of insulin needed. Depending on the type of food, dogs who are on regular doses of insulin may need a snack between meals to maintain safe glucose levels. 


Additional Resources

Canine Diabetes: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Diet, Whole Dog Journal


Dogabetix is a community for diabetic dog owners--we are not licensed professionals. Before making any important decisions for treating your diabetic dog, please consult a veterinarian.

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