Does your dog have diabetes?
Canine diabetes is on the rise, and it’s important to know which of the diabetic dog foods to give your pet. Type 2 Diabetes affects dogs just like it does humans. If you simply treat the disease, and ignore the diet, it can end up costing your pet dearly. Many processed foods have little nutritional value and lots of salt and simple carbohydrates. This type of food, along with an inactive lifestyle, can lead to diabetes. The best thing you can do for your pet, to help ensure canine diabetes doesn’t strike, is to ensure he eats a natural, balanced diet and gets plenty of exercise. Don’t be fooled by dog food simply being labeled “diabetic”. Not just any diabetic dog food will do. Keep in mind, the big commercial dog food producers, and the big box stores selling the food have a job to do, convincing you to buy their products.
Which diabetic dog food should I choose? It is hard to know who to believe, as even the experts have changed their minds on what is best for our pets. It used to be common thought that a high carbohydrate diet was the way to go. Now, it is recommended that we feed a low carb diet.
Below you will find three tips that will hopefully help you pick the best diabetic dog food for your precious pet:
1. GO NATURAL. Traditionally, dogs ate raw meat, eggs (including shells), and rotting vegetable matter. The reason dogs have historically done well on scraps and raw meat is because the modern manufactured commercial food for dogs that goes through intensive processing wasn’t part of their diet. If you feed your dog natural ingredients, including sardines to give them essential fatty acids, you can help provide protection against an onset of diabetes and help give them a beautiful, shiny coat while providing them much needed nutrients.
2. STAY AWAY FROM DRY FOOD. Many dry foods are basically just simple carbohydrates and do not have the essential moisture needed for essential kidney health. Some dry diabetic dog food is healthy and safe for your dog, but these tend to be organic products and should be chosen carefully. You should not rely on dry diabetic dog foods alone to provide your pet a nutritious diet, but if they are high in vegetables and protein while low in simple carbs, there is no harm in including them.
3. PICK CANNED DOG FOOD THAT IS LOW SODIUM AND LOW CARBOHYDRATE. If you have to use canned diabetic food, it should be high protein, low sodium and low in carbohydrates. It needs to be organic and should not contain dangerous toxins. A dog suffering from diabetes has liver function that is compromised, and the immune system isn’t able to deal with additives often contained in commercial diabetic dog foods.
Our modern western lifestyle is partially responsible for producing a diabetes epidemic for both humans and dogs alike. The fast food craze and commercial manufacturing process of our foods has been harmful to us as well as our four legged friends. The only way to fight this epidemic is to keep these processed foods out of our diets.