get letters asking what kind of diet should be used for a diabetic
dog. A few years ago I had a Great Dane that was diabetic in his
later years, so I set out to do some research on this topic
and came to some conclusions regarding his diet and what worked
best for him.
been my observation that the prescription diets for diabetic animals, sold at the vets office,
are generally very low protein, which means they are very high in carbohydrates, or carb based food. Research shows us now that carbohydrates, especially poor quality carbs are the last thing you want in a diabetic diet, due to the glycemic
index, or the way the body utilizes carbohydrates. Plus a lower
protein diet means loss of muscle mass, and the largest muscle in
the body is the heart.
diabetic diets are also lower in fat, which is fine to help keep weight
down, but dropping below 10% fats makes the coats suffer dramatically;
itching, shedding and flaky skin. The bottom line is there are no
holistic prescription diets on the market that really meets the nutritional requirements for a diabetic diet due to poor quality ingredients (grocery store foods too) made of non-human grade food stuffs
and minimal nutrients are used on the foods.
It is rare that a veterinarian will
suggest anything other than these prescription diets, but if they
are honest with you, they will tell you they have they
have little training in nutrition and
depend solely on what they are told by the dog food companies and
sales people that come into their office. Like most physicians, there is an enormous gap in nutritional knowledge which can be so benefical in correct many health issues.. That is why I developed this program to assist you
and your veterinarian. You do have good nutritional options for
your pets and we have even seen a reversal in diabetes if caught in the early stages and addressed nutritionally. If nothing more it will be a less use of drugs to maintain blood glucose levels..
is a disease of the pancreas, so we must support the body and repair
the body in this condition. It is imparative to use a Holistic or
Natural Super Premium level food for optimal nutrition, because they are meat base foods unlike those found in the the grocery store or vet's office (unless they are holistically inclined), because
an animal/human that has any disease, has even greater nutritional
requirements. Therefore it is important to use a brand of food that
utilizes optimal nutrients on the food.
range for protein in a prescription diabetic diet is from
17 -22% and for fats it is 6-10%, and for fiber
the range is very high compared to normal diets (3.5-4%) it
is generally 7-10% fiber. With
a protein base this low that means it is a very high grain diet
and that is not at all what I want to feed a healthy animal, let
alone one that is diabetic or has a weight problem. At the low end of this percent there is hardly enough protein to even repair tissue. Like humans, animals on a higher protein and good fats diet with low carbs do much better in managing their diabetes.
Cat Notes: if you have a cat with diabetes, these supplements
will be supportive as well, however cats are difficult to get to
eat supplements. You might want to start with one supplement at
a time to see if the cat will consume it. The most important thing
for a cat is NO grains - they are obligate carnivores - I suggest
the Petcurean No Grain for Felines - a no grain diet in this instance.
A change in diet and the Diabetic Support Kit is very important for your pet.
Below is a list of better foods and the link where to purchase the Insuline Sensitivity Support Kit #22
plus an article on this condition.
Insulin Sensitivity Support Kit#22
FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS (ALL BREEDS/AGES)
For diabetes as in cancer situations, the dogs generally do better
with a higher protein and higher fat diet, with fewer carbohydrates
(which can turn to sugar).This does not mean they should not eat quality whole grains such as oats, barley, quinoa, amaranth. These grains have fiber intact which is very important and they do not burn as fast as some Grain-Free foods do that have potato as the carb source.
My preference is a to use a grain free diet first, but if you are using a food with quality whole grains, the protein needs to be in the 26% -32% protein and 15% - 20% fat. These are some foods I would try ..keeping in mind that tiny dogs need a high protein diet so their energy levels do not fade. If your dog has a weight problem remember portion control is the key. We do not want to sacrifice nutrition by using a inferior food just to get low calories.
Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free Lamb/Turkey 27%protein 17% fat -
Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free Pork - 26% protein 16% fat
these two foods use chickpeas as carbohydrate source and they have a low glycemic index which is what you want.
If you want a food with Quality Grains in them use:
Precise Competition Formula (3 proteins) 26% protein 16% fat
Precise Endurance - (4 proteins) 30% protein - 20% fat
Precise Holistic Sm/Medium Breed Puppy (4 proteins) 29% protein/19% fat
Precise Holistic Sm/Medium Breed Adult (4 protein) 27% protein -
Other options if these above are not available.
Nutri-Source Grain Free - 28% protein 18% fat - chicken formula
Nutri Source Super Performance - 32% protein - 21% fat
Nutri Source Adult - 26% protein - 16% fat
Petcurean NOW! Grain Free Puppy Formula - 28% protein 18% fat
NOW! Grain Free Adult formula 26% protein 16% fat
Read: DIABETES PROGRAM FOR YOUR
Schedule of Supplements FROM kIT #22:
If your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, and you choose to purchase
this kit after discussion with your vet, introduce each supplement
according to the chart below while continuing with the supplements
all ready started- so you can monitor the dog's insulin levels carefully.
If there is any loose stool, slow the introduction down a day or two
and ease into the next supplement. While continuing with the supplements that have been added to the
diet, add each new supplement in the order, with the timing, that
is shown below:
This is the schedule for daily supplementation:
Day 1 - Filling N' The Wholes (dosage on label) - then add:
Day 3 - Nzymes - do not double dose as jar suggests (dosage
see label) then add:
Day 6 - Cinnamon (1-2 capsules - large/giants, 1 cap med -
small dogs/cats, 1/4 tsp - then add:
Day 9 - Colostrum -(dosage on label) - then add:
Day 12 - Alpha Lipoic Acid (300 mg daily - all sizes) - then
Day 12 - Co-Q-10 (1 capsule daily - 30 mg) - then add:
Day 12 - Poopity Doo - (dosage on label) - then add:
Day 15 - Angstrom Magnesium Liquid (1 tablespoon Giants, 2
teaspoons large/medium, 1 teaspoon small, ½ teaspoon toy breeds
NOT MICROWAVE OR USE HOT WATER ON YOUR KIBBLE OR SUPPLEMENTS IT
WILL DESTROY THE INTEGRITY OF THE NUTRIENTS AND PROBIOTICS.
I use Precise or any holistic canned dog
foods for variety (beef, chicken, liver, lamb, duck, fish,
puppy).I mix a couple of tablespoons of canned meat with tepid
temperature water and make a gravy.
use grocery store brands they are full of preservatives and 4D
meats (dead, diseased dying and disabled) and they give the dogs
stinky gas and are full of unhealthy fillers. NO
homemade concoctions of meat/rice combinations that you make up
at home, they are very unbalanced in their calcium and phosphorus
levels and can cause problems over time and growth problems in dogs under 8 months of age.
I think it is important to incorporate
some real foods into you dogs diet on a daily basis. Not only
is this done for nutritional purposes, but because the dog gets
bored eating the same thing day in, day out!! This is a list of
recommended foods to use in moderation:
buttermilk berries melons, apples, banana, tomatoes, carrots,
broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, squash, sweet potato, green beans,
zucchini - minced/diced/raw/cooked - they love frozen berries
and melon balls!! Pulverized fresh veggies are best for digestion.
NO raw onions, grapes or
raisins, macadamia nuts.
Linda's Very Veggie Soup
large cans of chicken or beef broth - (low sodium for heart or
elderly dogs- or homemade). Add LOTS of veggies
- carrots, green beans, wax
beans, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
and couple cloves of garlic. The idea is to use this as the filler
so you want it to be hearty and filling.
If you want to introduce some raw
meat, fruits and veggies to your dogs diet, the is
is the best way to do it because it is balanced in it's calcium
and phosphorus ratios and free from pathogenic bacteria and
parasites. This is a freeze-dried dehydrated
raw turkey or chicken diet, all you have to do is reconstitute
with filtered water, let sit a few minutes and serve. Do not get
lazy and simply sprinkle this on the top of their food, make sure
you use it reconstituted with water first -so it does not draw
all the water out of the dog's gut, causing the dog to want to
drink water in excess. The food dehydration process takes place
so the ingredient are still considered raw yet done at a temperature
to kill any pathogenic bacteria. Enzymatic activity in dehydrated
foods is simply suspended until the food is rehydrated with liquid.
Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw dog food is available in
(21% protein - 14% fat) - Chicken, Flaxseed,
Potatoes, Celery, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Green Beans,
Apples, Honey, Alfalfa, Kelp,Yogurt, Bananas, Papayas, Basil and
29% protein - 16% fat - Turkey,
Flaxseed, Potatoes, Celery, Spinach, Carrots, Coconut, Apples,
Kelp, Eggs, Sesame Seeds, Bananas, Cranberries, Rosemary.
To order: www.firstchoicenaturals.com