The Importance of Diet in Controlling Dog Canine Diabetes

Dog canine diabetes is a common health problem affecting many dogs.

As a dog owner, you have probably either experienced it in your dog or through your
dog owning friends.

Canine diabetes is a serious dog health problem and requires immediate and
proper attention. Most dog owners wait until they notice the signs and symptoms
of canine diabetes before attempting to do something about it.

However, it can be prevented before it even becomes a problem for your dog. One best ways to combat dog canine diabetes is through diet. Diet plays an extremely important role in controlling this most dreadful dog disease.

First off, you must monitor the overall amount of sugar your dog consumes on a daily basis. Use the recommended amount of sugar intake for your particular dog size, breed and age. Similarly, you must regulate and monitor the amount of food that your dog consumes.

Just monitoring these two factors - sugar intake and the amount of food eaten - will go a long way in preventing and combating canine diabetes.

Dog health experts recommend feeding dogs suffering from canine diabetes small meals throughout the day, usually 2 to 3 times; avoiding the usual one large meal a day many dogs are accustomed these days.

The benefit of using smaller meals distributed throughout the day is that they help the diabetic dog stabilize its blood sugar levels. Large meals have a greater potential of spiking high the insulin levels in the dog's blood stream and should thus be avoided.

When this happens, insulin levels will then drop dramatically within 12 hours of the spike, a process that can potentially cause more even more health problems for your dog.

For instance, when blood sugar drops to its lowest point, the dog will go into a hypoglycemic state. This is a very serious condition that can lead to other, more severe health conditions. In case of hypoglycaemia, you should immediately feed your dog something rich in sugar, like honey. In general, diabetic dogs are treated much like human diabetics, who are accustomed to carrying cube sugar or chocolate bars in the event that they require an immediate boost in their sugar levels. So what types of diets can help in combating canine diabetes?

To effectively control canine diabetes, try as much as possible to avoid feeding them foods that contain sugar. Sugar is a primary contributor to canine diabetes.

Beyond controlling sugar intake, from a nutritional point of view, select foods that homemade - in this way you will know exactly what your dog is eating. Low fat food and grains like rice, millet and oats, are also helpful in controlling canine diabetes.