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Diabetic Dog Foods: Obesity and Diabetes in Dogs

Updated on April 28, 2011

Eating too much food makes a dog fat! It's as simple as that. And this overeating is the main reason for obesity and diabetes in dogs in many countries. Obesity basically means the dog's body has too much fat for him to utilize. This extra fat happens when the dog eats a lot, exercises a little or does both. One of the most common complications of obesity in dogs is the development of diabetes. Diabetes can develop in obese dogs because the excess fat and sugar level would require more insulin and damage the dog’s pancreas as a result of this excessive demand for insulin.

A proper diet of diabetic dog foods is often required for dogs with diabetes. Aside from helping the dog’s body to absorb sugar better, diabetic dog foods is less fatty and usually contains the right amount of nutrition your dog will need to maintain the ideal weight for his size. Exercise is another key factor to prevent obesity and diabetes in dogs. With the right amount of daily exercise your dog will be able to maintain his normal weight.

Managing your dog’s diet is important to combat the effects of diabetes and obesity. But do remember that not all obese dogs have diabetes and not all diabetic dogs are obese. The proper diet for a diabetic dog should include some of these key ingredients:

  • High Fiber Foods – can generally help in the absorption of sugar in your dog’s blood. It can be further categorized into Insoluble Fibers and Soluble Fibers.
  • Insoluble Fibers – are known to help speed up digestion and absorb sugar but may decrease the absorption of some vitamins and minerals like zinc and chromium. Some examples are: wheat, grains, vegetables and seed husks.
  • Soluble Fibers – can also help absorption of sugar by forming gels but lessens the time for proper digestion. Some examples are: citrus, barley, legumes and vegetables.

The main purpose of managing your dog’s diet is to avoid fluctuations or spikes in his blood sugar levels after eating and maintain or attain a normal body weight. If you will feed your diabetic dog a high insoluble fiber diet it will help maintain a steady rate of sugar or glucose absorption from the intestine avoiding the unnecessary fluctuations in his sugar level. Although you might need to add some minerals, protein and a little fat with this diet because fiber can decrease the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals.

It is always best to consult with your vet as to what type of diabetic dog food your pet will need. Because the diabetic dog food you feed your dog will depend on his condition and the severity of his diabetes. Most pet owners are going for home made diabetic dog foods because they can actually monitor the amount of nutrients and quality of the food they give their pets. Exercise is another effective method diabetes management. With the right combination you can help your pet live a happier and healthier life even if he or she has diabetes.

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