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Treats for Your Diabetic Dog

Updated on August 14, 2014

Diabetes in Dogs

Treats and Your Diabetic Dog

Diabetes in dogs is becoming big problem for middle aged and senior dogs. It’s important that we as their owners know the symptoms, what to feed them and how important treats are.

The symptoms of a diabetic dog are increased thirst, increased urination, and weight loss even with normal and increased food intake. Dog with diabetes will also get cataracts, this can occur even when the diabetes is well controlled.

What may be surprising to many is that it is Type1 diabetes that affects dogs, not the Type 2 that one would expect. Type2 typically occurs in felines. So it is said that obesity is not a factor in Canine Diabetes.

What kind of diet should your dog be on? Honestly, veterinarians have been unable to find one specific diet for these animals. The most important thing is to feed them a diet that they will eat, feed them at the same time at 12 hour intervals. Do not change their diets all the time, it will change how much insulin they need, and always feed the same amount. Consistency is the key to maintaining your dog’s health when it involves diabetes.

So, what about treats? Treats are an important part of a dogs training, rewards and blood sugar maintenance. One thing that should be done in consideration of treats is to avoid treats high in carbohydrates, and/or sugar. This includes any foods or treats that are high in moisture or contain propylene glycol or anything similar.

Dehydrated meat makes the best treats for dogs with diabetes. They can also be given raw carrots, raw, frozen or canned green beans, snap peas, sardines, tuna in water, canned pumpkin (not the pie filling), hard-boiled eggs, chicken feet, and dried salmon are all great choices.

Making Your Own Treats

There are advantages to making your own dog treats, the first and foremost being that you know what is in them. Nothing made in China. You can start with the purchase of a dehydrator, but you don’t have to if money is an issue. With the dehydrator you will be able to make delicious, healthy treats for your dog. Dehydrated chicken strips are a great treat for your diabetic pup.

If you opt to make your own dog treats be sure to take into account any allergies your pet may have. Here is one recipe that I like to make:


  • 3 (2.5 ounce jars) Strained chicken baby food

  • 1 tablespoon of water

  • 2 cups of wheat germ

With this recipe you would pre-heat the oven to 350 degree. Mix the ingredients in a medium bowl adding more water if necessary to form dough. Shape into one inch balls and place on cookie sheet, flattening just slightly then bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

For quick and easy treats the dehydrator seems to work the best, giving you the option on how much moisture that you want or need in the treats.

If you are not interested in making your own treats, please select carefully what you elect to give them, never any treat or food made in China. You can go to places like PetCo and Petsmart and find some very good treats available.

Wal-Mart carries a treat called Full Moon Chicken Strips; this is great for the diabetic. It is made with 100 percent human grade ingredients and is all natural. This treat is made in the U.S.A. and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. This company makes several different flavors of treats. The Full Moon Chicken Strips are comparable to what you would make in a dehydrator at home.

Diabetes is nothing to mess around with, if your pet show signs and symptoms of having diabetes see your veterinarian as soon as possible. Do not try to treat you dog by changing their diet alone, you will need guidance from a professional and blood work.

Diabetes in dogs can be controlled and kept under control with careful treatment and monitoring. Once the diabetes is under control blood work should be done every six months.

Finding treats for a diabetic dog can be a daunting task, and treating your diabetic canine can be a bit overwhelming, but together you and your pet can get through it.



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