Diabetes and Dogs
Guest post: Elliott Harvey's Natural Health Column: I have been receiving questions once again from concerned pet owners regarding dog diabetes, along with liver and kidney questions. The amount of dogs being diagnosed with diabetes is astounding. Can this problem be controlled or stopped? YES.
What is Diabetes? Diabetes Mellitus results from the pancreas being unable to produce enough insulin for the body to utilize blood glucose correctly. The body needs insulin to convert sugar from foods eaten and transform it into energy for all cells in the body. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening complication of Mellitus if left untreated or improperly treated.
Symptoms of Dog Diabetes:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss while same level of food is maintained
- Sudden blindness from cataracts
- Skin lesions – itchy skin
Possible Underlying Causes of Diabetes:
- Excessive sugar intake
- Chemical additives – such as food coloring and preservatives
- White Rice
- Low fiber in diets
One of the causes of Diabetes maybe attributed to the excessive usage of potatoes in dog foods. Potatoes are very high in sugar – in fact on a scale of 100 with 100 being the worst – potatoes register an astounding 78, which is the equivalent of eating sugar doughnuts. Potatoes have the highest level of sugar found in any root vegetable. Can this also be a cause of obesity? Excessive sugar in the system along with a lack of proper diet can overtax the pancreas, leading to health issues. All the above can have a significant impact on your dog’s health. A refined carbohydrate, such as white rice, (look for rice on dog food labels) is another ingredient that overwhelms the pancreas.
How to Prevent Diabetes Through Nutrition
A proper diet is needed. Many commercial pet foods lack significant amounts of fiber. Beware of the ingredients in many of the treats in the marketplace (some are loaded with chemical preservatives, sugars, artificial colors, by-products and more).
A raw food diet or freeze dried raw food diet is beneficial – make sure the protein levels are on the low side. A homemade diet with lightly steamed chicken, barley or quinoa, carrots, pea pods, yams, watercress, parsnips, asparagus can be beneficial (you can also utilize the broth).
Coconut Water from immature fruit is beneficial. Blueberry leaf tea (helps decrease blood sugar levels), and lychee berries (not in syrup or canned) benefit the pancreas.
In local health food stores, you can find a concoction of Dandelion, Milk Thistle and Burdock in a glycerin based liquid (no alcohol), which is very good for the liver and cleansing the blood. A few Fenugreek seeds in a meal may also help to reduce blood sugar levels.
Other Beneficial Ingredients:
- Pedra Caa
- Huckleberry Leaves
- Aloe Vera
- Pata De Vaca
- Sancha Inchi
Does your dog have diabetes? Do you feed it any special foods to keep it under control? Tell us in the comment section below!
For additional information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The book “The Health Wholistic Dog” has a chapter dedicated to diabetes.
This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.