Diabetic Dog Food
When it comes to diabetes
in dogs, most have type 1 diabetes which is the insulin dependent form. This type of diabetes is the opposite of type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form in humans. The main problem here is not the insulin, but cells that become resistant to insulin’s effects, resulting in a high blood glucose level.
Insulin is produced by beta cells of the pancreas. When blood glucose levels exceed a certain set level, insulin is excreted, which signals to cells of the body to intake some glucose, thus maintaining blood glucose close to a set level.
In type two diabetes, the cells are resistant to insulin, and glucose levels rise. The problem results in clinical signs of weight loss, bladder infections, and other clinical signs.
Most minor forms of type 2 diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise alone. If your dog has diabetes, your veterinarian will likely recommend a diabetic dog food. These types of foods have more complex carbohydrates than normal dog foods, which have simple carbohydrates. Also, the overall level of carbohydrates is lower, and the level of protein is higher.
It is recommended that food be feed in smaller more frequent meals to help prevent a glucose spike in the blood levels. Also more frequent exercise is required.
The other type of diabetes (type 1) is insulin dependent. This is the more common form in dogs. With this form, insulin must be given. Diet and exercise is not enough to control this type of diabetes.
By feeding diabetic dog food you will likely be able to manage your dog’s diabetes without having to give insulin injections if the condition is not too severe. If you would like to try homemade diabetic dog food diets there are also lots of recipes online.
When dealing with a diabetic dog, it is best to give the type of diabetic dog food your vet recommends. There are many on the market, and they are different, so listen to your vet’s recommendations.
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