How do I take care of my dog with diabetes?
Although there is no cure for diabetes, it can be successfully managed with the help of your veterinarian.
Daily insulin injections are required to restore your pet’s insulin level and control blood glucose levels. Many pet parents are anxious about giving injections, but it’s easier than you think, and you can quickly learn how to handle the dosing routine with little stress for you or your pet!
Diet plays a vital role in helping to keep your pet’s diabetes regulated.
Your veterinarian can recommend a diet that’s best suited to the needs of your pet. A high-quality, consistent source of protein is an essential part of any diabetic diet. High-protein, low-carbohydrate foods are currently recommended for diabetic dogs because they provide the extra energy dogs need to get through their active days, without the extra carbs that can turn into excess sugar. It is important to feed your pet based on its ideal body weight. Consistent timing and size of meals is also very important.
Exercise can help dogs with diabetes, but it needs to be regulated because activity affects blood glucose levels. It’s best to create a consistent exercise routine for your diabetic dog and stick to it. A plan should be put in place for periods of increased exercise.
Regular veterinary checkups can help identify changes in your pet’s condition and help you to manage this disease successfully over time.
Managing your dog’s diabetes will require some effort, but the rewards are well worth it. Pets with diabetes under control have normal thirst, appetite, urination, and activity levels. Their weight is generally stable and they are less likely to develop complications.