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Old 01-24-2015, 18:48   #1
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I know nothing about pets and diabetes and hopefully mine will never get it, but I'm curious what vets do, apart from prescribing insulin twice a day--do they put the pets on special, really expensive, damaging high carb low fat kibble?! Or do things work quite differently with pets physically?

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It's been 40 years since I had a diabetic pet, and at that time all we did was administer insulin.




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My neighbor's dog has always been on a corn-based dog food. (Early reading when I first got my dog convinced me that most "science" based dog foods are mostly corn - so I switched him to a grain-free kibble, which seemed to make sense for a carnivor/omnivore.)

Anyway, the other dog developed diabetes last summer. There was some pretty intense testing of BG when she first got it, and now she's on insulin twice a day (I think).

I think she's still on corn-based food, though. Makes me wonder if canine diabetes might be lined to the standard American canine diet.

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In Norway pets with diabetes gets insulin-shots, no need to test BG and no advice from the vet to keep the carbs down
My pets (2 dogs and 2 cats) eats BARF so they dont eat carbs.

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I pray my cat never develops diabetes. He is a rescue and will not let me give him any medications of any kind. I think I would be shredded if it ever came to having to give him insulin

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Years before my own diagnosis, one of our old dogs taught me how to fill a syringe and inject insulin. (Today, my basal prescription is soooo old school. I shoot the exact same basal into myself!)

He got basal only, 2x/day, and we weren't given any diet advice at all -- but we were advised to adjust doses according to his symptoms at the time. For example, excessive urination = 1u extra.

Dogs are far, far, far-far easier to treat than cats. Christofur got his shots in a fold of skin at the nape of his neck. Most of the time, he didn't feel it at all; in fact, he seemed to enjoy the attention! (That said ... it must be noted that he coulda been a contender in the Long-Distance Pill Spit.)

For every one of our cats, we've had to don protective armor to administer pills, ointments or flea control.

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Exactly the same here, Shalynne! I learned the vial/syringe routine with our diabetic dog, and gave her shots in that very same place. That was back in the 70s.




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A friend of mine learned last autumn that her (indoor) cat was diabetic. She's low-carb conscious so tracked down the lowest-carb food she could find and feeds him that, while monitoring him very carefully (she does check his BG twice a day - don't ask me how she manages that!) and has stabilized his condition so that he does not require insulin.

She works from home so doesn't have to leave him alone in case any emergency arises, though.

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I am certain that diet causes diabetes, at least in cats. My mother in law fed her two cats store brand kibble for years. They BOTH got diabetes, and they weren't related. She now feeds her current cats wet food with a bit of high quality kibble and so far so good. I have read that if a cat gets diabetes, putting them on a raw food (all meat) diet means you don't have to give them insulin. Cats are obligate carnivores anyway, makes sense.

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Before your dog or cat gets diabetes, change them to the raw meat and bloody bones diet. Like SilverTiger, I'd suggest putting them on that rather than insulin.

Alys was put on the original BARF style diet when a pup, she's 12 now and still acts insane.

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