If you know anything about diabetes in humans, you know that the diet of a diabetic is crucial to their health. Well, the same can be said about the diet of a pet with diabetes. Whether your pet is a cat or dog, their diet has a major impact on how well they live with diabetes. Dogs who are diagnosed with diabetes usually remain diabetic for the rest of their lives, but a cat with diabetes can have remission from the disease simply by feeding them the right diet.
Diabetic Diet for Dogs
Experts still haven’t narrowed down the perfect dream diet for dogs with diabetes. However, some studies indicate a diet high in fiber and low in fat could be the answer for some pups. Fiber is believed to be beneficial because it slows the entrance of glucose into the bloodstream. But pups who are not overweight may not benefit from this type of diet and it could have adverse effects on their health such as unnecessary weight loss. That’s why some experts believe a meat-based, high protein diet is better for most dogs with diabetes. Ultimately, only your veterinarian can determine what type of diet works best for your pup.
Diabetic Diet for Cats
Unlike their canine counterpart, kitties can reverse their diabetes by following a proper diet. Generally, a diet that’s high in protein, moderate in fat and has little to no carbs is considered the best diet for diabetic felines. The major no-no food for cats with diabetes is dry cat food.
Diet Tips for Both Pets
Perhaps the most important tip we can give aside from the type of food pets with diabetes need is to always feed your pets consistent meals at the same times each and every day. The best feeding schedule coincides with your pet’s insulin injections. PetMeds suggests scheduling your pet’s feeding times within an hour of their insulin injection treatment to help lower spikes in blood sugar after they eat. These injections are most effective when the diet is consistent in calorie amount and ingredient content.
One last tip we have is to avoid feeding treats randomly to your pets throughout the day and be cautious about the type of treats you purchase for them. Most commercial pet treats are high in carbs and sugars so be sure you’re purchasing treats that are high in protein and always ask your vet for recommendations before shopping. It’s best to give treats when insulin has reached its peak, usually about 4 to 6 hours post-injection.
Before changing your pet’s diet or for more information on how to feed your diabetic pet, talk to your veterinarian.