Canine Diabetes has become quite common in dogs, especially as they age or if they are overweight. Like humans, dogs can have either Type I or Type II Diabetes. The top cause for Type II Canine Diabetes is obesity, but it can also be caused by genetics, infection, pancreatitis, and medications.
NOTE OF CAUTION: A Veterinarian should be involved in the diagnosis and maintenance of Canine Diabetes. Your Veterinarian should be informed of all natural methods you want to use on your diabetic dog to avoid complications like drug interactions or for dosage recommendations, etc.
Natural Support for Canine Diabetes
Exercise – Simple, consistent exercise will reduce insulin requirements. It also helps to prevent secondary conditions related to Canine Diabetes.
Glandular therapy – A promising therapy that uses animal tissues and pancreas extracts. Basically, glandular therapy can repair damage to organs and glands, improve hormone production, as well as supplementing nutrients.
Homeopathic treatments for diabetic dogs – Natural treatment of Canine Diabetes with homeopathy may include Belladonna 30C, Thuja 30C, Natrum muriaticum 6C, and Phosphorus 6C.
Natural Diet – Diabetic dogs respond well to a specially formulated, homemade diet. Recommendations vary, but generally dogs are fed a diet of 50-55% premium complex carbohydrate (high in soluble and insoluble fiber), up to 30% protein and less than 20% fat. Naturally, no simple sugars are allowed.
Example diet for diabetic dogs at a Normal Weight
1/3 pound cooked ground turkey or chicken. If you’re a raw feeder that’s fine, but it isn’t necessary.
1 hard boiled egg
1/4 c kidney beans, lentils, split peas or chickpeas
1/4 c pureed, unseasoned pumpkin
1 c vegetables. You can alternate varieties and/or mix them up in the same meal. Vegetables good for diabetic dogs include dark leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers.
1 tsp freeze-dried ground Krill
1/2 tsp Mixed Seaweed
1 tsp bonemeal
1 c rolled oats or cooked barley
Naturally-sourced vitamin supplement
Dash of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay
Your diabetic dog can also have fruit with a low glycemic index (GI), including apples, berries, oranges and pears.
With the guidance of a holistic vet or other professional, you could add some of the herbs or supplements listed below.
Natural Herbs & Supplements for Canine Diabetes
Natural support for Diabetes in dogs can be provided through high quality, fresh herbs, extracts, and dietary supplements (under the guidance of a veterinarian). Herbs and supplements support pancreas, liver, kidney and eye health, insulin/blood sugar stability, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Others support optimum function. For example, Goat’s Rue supports the body’s ability to tolerate carbohydrates. Seaweed helps balance blood sugar levels, prevents insulin over response, regulates metabolism, contains chromium, promotes healthy kidney function, promotes healing and prevents infection.
Note: It’s important to use high quality herbs for full effectiveness. We rely on Starwest Botanicals for most of our herbs and essential oils.
Commonly recommended herbs and other supplements for diabetic dogs include:
Devil’s Club root bark (Oplopanax horridum)
Gymnema leaf (Gymnema sylvestre)
Dandelion leaf and root
Chromium and Vanadium (Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is a natural source of both)
Omega-3 fatty acids (Krill, sardines)
DMG Dimethylglycine (Vitamin B15)
If you’re looking for an easier, more convenient way to provide some of this natural support for your dog’s diabetes, there are prepared blends available. One of the most frequently recommended by holistic veterinarians is Blood Sugar Gold for Diabetes in dogs.
Have you tried any natural methods of treating Canine Diabetes? Please share your experience or questions in the comments below.
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