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Dr. Elliott: Diabetes and Your Pet

Important information about diabetes in pets

Dr. Elliott: Diabetes and Your Pet

I have been receiving many questions from concerned pet owners regarding diabetes along with liver and kidney questions. The amount of dogs being diagnosed with diabetes is astounding.

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 to be able to transform into energy for all cells in the body. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is life-threatening complication that results if Mellitus is untreated or improperly treated.

Signs of Diabetes:

  • Excessive Thirst
  • Frequent Urination
  • Weight loss while Food Maintained
  • Fatigue
  • Sudden blindness from cataracts
  • Vomiting
  • Skin Lesions - itchy skin

Some of the underlying causes can be:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pancreatitis
  • Excessive sugar intake
  • Chemical Additives
  • White Rice
  • Low Fiber in diets

The increase in Diabetes may be attributed to the excessive usage of potatoes. Potatoes are very high in sugar. In fact on a scale of 100, with 100 being the worst, potatoes register an astounding 76, equal to eating doughnuts. Can this also be a cause of obesity? Potatoes have the highest sugar count of any root vegetable. Excessive sugar in your pet’s system and lack of a proper diet can overtax the pancreas, leading to health issues. All refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, tax your pet’s pancreas.

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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, by-products and more).

A raw food diet or freeze dried raw food diet are beneficial - make sure the protein levels are on the low side. A freeze dried food called KrunCheros is nutritious and healthy. A homemade diet with lightly steamed chicken, barley or quinoa, carrots, pea pods, yams, watercress, parsnips, asparagus can be beneficial. Make sure to utilize the broth.

Coconut water from immature fruit, blueberry leaf tea (helps decrease blood sugar levels) and lychee berries (not in syrup or canned) can also help the pancreas.

In local health food stores you can find a decoction of dandelion, milk thistle and Burdock in a glycerin based liquid (no alcohol) which is very good for liver and blood cleansing. A few fenugreek seeds in a meal can help reduce blood sugar levels.

Additional helpful items are:

  • Yumberry
  • Coffeeberry
  • Chia
  • Pedra Caa
  • Stevia
  • Uva-Ursi
  • Huckleberry Leaves
  • Aloe Vera
  • Pata De Vaca

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The book “The Health Wholistic Dog” has a chapter dedicated to diabetes.

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