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Diabetes in Dogs

Approximately 1 in 200 dogs will develop diabetes as they get older. Your dog's vet should diagnose the disease, but here are some warning signs:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Depression & lethargy
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cataracts
  • Slow healing wounds

Living with a diabetic dog from The Smiling Samoyed is a good read. Dogs typically develop Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disorder causing the pancreas to stop producing insulin. Rare in humans, T1D impacts about 5% of all diabetics in the U.S. & requires insulin injections to stay alive. Dogs with T1D will also need insulin injections for the remainder of their lives.

As a Type 1 diabetic since childhood, I can attest to the importance of taking insulin at the same times daily, along with maintaining consistent meal times. This regularity can help nutrients in the blood coincide with peak insulin levels to assist in decreasing blood sugars from getting too high or too low. Regular blood sugar checks are critical to monitor & treat T1D. Thankfully, blood sugar test kits for pets are now available to track your pet's blood sugar levels regularly.

You vet will recommend a balanced diet to optimize blood sugar levels. When it comes to dog treats, whole oats are the ideal grain in a diabetic dog treat because oats are high in fiber, which actually helps with blood sugar regulation.

5 Calorie Dog Treats with Chia Seeds are a great choice because they are rich in fiber from a combination of whole grain oat flour, chia seeds and natural fruits / veggies for improved blood sugar regulation. And with only 5 calories per treat, your pup can maintain his or her fighting weight!

Consistency is key to managing T1D. Following a healthy, balanced eating plan and getting regular exercise will help in managing your furkid's blood sugar levels and weight.

Have a Naturally Beautiful Day! 😍

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