What are the Dietary Needs of a Diabetic Pet?
October 24, 2011 -
Having a diabetic pet can be a challenge for any Pet Parent. The 2011 “State of Pet Health” report shows a 33-percent increase in diabetes among dogs in the past four years and a 16-percent increase for cats, proving that the need of quality pet diabetic information is real and now more important than ever. Working hand-in-hand with your trusted veterinarian, you can provide an appropriate diet for your pet and monitor routine insulin treatments to help keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in control.
Diet is the Foundation
Your veterinarian can help recommend a blend of food high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber, which is ideal for controlling diabetes. Dry foods, in particular, tend to contain larger sources of fiber than moist food. Proper diets help prevent sugar fluctuations and are critical for diabetic pets. Talk to your veterinarian about recommendations on which specific food brands would be best for your diabetic pet.
Weight Control Keeps Pets Healthy
Keeping your diabetic pet on a steady, portion-controlled diet is essential to avoiding fluctuations in calorie intake and maintaining a healthy weight. Diabetic cats or dogs often become obese, which may lead to the development of insulin resistance, inhibiting proper treatment of diabetes. It is often recommended that overweight pets be put either on a high-fiber, low-calorie diet or just have the caloric intake of their current food reduced to slowly, but steadily to bring the pet back to healthy weight. For underweight pets, on the other hand, feeding a consistent high-quality diet is vital in reaching an ideal weight.
Be sure to consult with your veterinarian for the best feeding and insulin schedule for your pet and before making any changes to your diabetic pet’s diet.