Diabetes drastically changes life both for humans and dogs. Diagnosing diabetes in dogs it is a pretty simple process for a veterinarian. If you notice that your dog urinates, drinks and perhaps eats too much and that at the same time loses weight, then consult a veterinarian. A diabetic dog needs instant changes in its diet to maintain diabetes under control, along with insulin. That is why a specific diabetic dog food is recommended in order to keep blood sugar levels in check and to prevent any dangerous consequence from the diabetes.
In these cases, a specific diabetic dog food is better-advised than homemade dog food because it already contains the correct quantity of nutrients and calories to keep a diabetic dog and its diabetes in check.
However, it is possible to prepare simple homemade diabetic dog food by figuring out the total, exact, quantity of nutrients embedded in the ingredients we are going to use (i.e. calories, grams of protein, grams of carbohydrates, milligrams of sodium, grams of fiber, grams of fat, cholesterol).
Another important factor for a diabetic dog is that of eating regularly (at least 2-3 times a day); this will help keep the blood-sugar level at a normal level. In case you will notice your dog drinking more than usual, it can be a sign that insulin levels need to be adapted, but always consult a veterinarian in case this happens.
Diabetic Dog Treats
- 3 cups oatmeal (uncooked)
- 1 cup cold filtered water
- 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup raisins (raisins can be toxic)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Store them in the refrigerator for up to two months.
Here, we will show you an example of how to break down each ingredient of your recipe in order to get a full picture of the total calories and nutrients.
1 cup of raisins contains:
- 435 calories
- 4.7 grams of protein
- 114.7 grams of carbohydrates
- 17 milligrams of Sodium
- 7.7 grams of fiber
- 0.7 grams of fat
- 0.2 grams of saturated fat
- 0 milligrams of cholesterol
Once you have done this analysis for each item in the recipe, you will come up with a sum of all calories. Prepare the cookies and cut them all the same size and divide the total calories by the number of cookies, this will tell you how many calories there are in each cookie.
Remember, if you decide to give a cookie to your dog, there must be a decrease in food somewhere in its daily food ration.
Always keep in mind that what is right for one dog is not right for another.