Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the endocrine system. It is caused
by a deficiency of insulin -- the hormone that regulates how sugar is
absorbed and utilized by the cells and tissues of
the body. Highest occurrences are found in dogs between the ages of 5 to 7,
and female dogs appear to be more susceptible. Most affected dogs are obese.
It is the most common hormonal disorder in dogs.
Though there is no cure for diabetes, treatment includes daily injections
of insulin and a careful change in diet. An increased awareness of your
dogs intake as well as feeding schedule is essential. Foods high in fiber
and protein, with restricted fats and carbohydrates are best. What they
eat and when they eat it will effect the dog's sugar/insulin levels.
Always contact your veterinarian first, but generally a diabetic dog
supplement should combine the right herbs and other natural ingredients
to help regulate blood sugar. This will
help manage your dog's insulin requirements and slow their metabolic rate.
A good diabetic dog supplement should contain items like brewers yeast to help
the dog to use blood
glucose more effectively, garlic to stimulate digestive function, and kelp,
which is another digestive aid.