Insulin is not the only canine diabetes treatment. Let's talk about a couple things which rarely come up at the vet's office that can lower insulin need and improve overall health.
Not surprisingly from my holistic point of view, improved health comes from the right foods, exercise and supplements so let's jump into the what and why and how to help your dog.
This goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway... following your vet's instructions on insulin use and checking glucose level on a daily basis is paramount.
Why the heck doesn't anyone talk about this? Dog diabetes is a food provoked disease.
In a nutshell, there are foods that stress the body and make the need for insulin go up. Those foods are sugar and carbs. You may not think your dog is getting sugar but it’s in lots of dog foods, especially corn syrup which is roughly ten times stronger than sugar. And then there are the carbohydrates. Carbs are starches and convert to sugar, often too quickly for the body, so stress out the pancreas.
To give you an idea, here are some of the worst carbs for dogs:
All grains, corn, rice, potatoes, green beans, carrots, pumpkin and all fruit. And let’s not forget modified corn starch.
What is commercial dog food made of? Mostly carbs. Yup, I know. So what the heck do you do now?
Go raw. And I mean real raw. Not that stuff in a tube that’s got carbs hiding in it.
I can hear you now. Either you can’t click away fast enough like a little kid covering their ears, saying "la-la-la-la-la" like my daughter once did) when they don’t want to hear it, or you’re thinking, “Okay, now what? How do I do that?”
Here is the best totally free advice I can give you
Go to my raw recipes page and use recipe #2 without any carbs. You can do it. I’ve been doing it for years now. It was scary at first but now I cannot even imagine serving anything else. It's awesome to have a dog over a decade old full of life, energy and NO illness.
While diet may not seem like a canine diabetes treatment, trust me that diet plays a major role in health. I prepared food for a diabetic human for several years and the doctors could not believe what didn't happen as a result of his disease.
Dog diabetes affects the whole body and canine diabetes treatment should help the whole body. Without one organ working properly, it puts stress on the others.
Here are some specific herbal supplements that have helped dogs maintain health, often lowering the need for insulin and, on occasion (especially with a borderline case) stopped the need for those injections when following the diet guidelines as well.
Make no mistake, I am not making a claim your dog can be cured, only that improvement is quite possible.
Target P14 (stock # 2810) Contains 14 herbs to support pancreatic function, maintaining blood sugar levels and the function of B vitamins.
CoQ10 - (stock #4135) To reduce oxidative stress in the cells of other organs, since diabetes affects heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas.
(stock # 1525) Contains a full spectrum of enzymes. Since another
important job of the pancreas is to excrete enzymes to break down food
for use in the body, let's help it by providing those enzymes.
and for an extra boost you may add
(stock # 681) To replace vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients and
amino acids that have been in short supply or non existent before
changing to a raw diet.
If you purchase the 3 or 4 supplements listed above through me, I will
contact you once I see your purchase and help you with just the right
doses for your dog. Do NOT follow the directions for humans on the bottles.
Simply use this LINK which will open in a new window. and order the above products. At checkout join as a member. (I'll be your sponsor if you use this link and be able to help you). Membership is free and gives you the discount I get which is 30%.
I have carefully chosen these high quality, human grade supplements and know they are outstanding for dogs.
I look forward to helping you with your dog.
What else is there?
As part of the canine diabetes treatment, exercise! Exercise decreases insulin needs BUT erratic exercise can make the blood sugar level erratic too! Take those long walks, runs or extended games of fetch at the same time every day for dog health.
Reminder: Those dog biscuits so many folks are used to are made with wheat or white flour which is called "the other sugar". You can read more about it at White Flour.