Posted on: 4 November 2015Share
If you have dogs or cats, you should know that they can develop diabetes too. With diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or it doesn't know what to do with the insulin that it does produce. If your pet has diabetes, it's important that you do everything you can to keep it under control. The first thing you should do is speak to a veterinarian about medical treatments that are available. Next, you need to make some changes around the house. Here are four simple changes that will help your pet live a longer, healthier life.
Take the Extra Weight Off
If your pet is overweight, that extra weight could be causing the diabetes. You'll need to get that weight off. The easiest weight to get to the weight off is to increase the exercise your dog gets. Increase the number of walks you take with your dog. Try getting out for at least one leisurely walk each day. If walking is difficult – such as during the winter – find ways to get your pet active inside the house. Find a clear spot and toss a ball. Your dog will get plenty of exercise chasing the ball around the house.
Amp up the Fiber
Fiber is a great way to level out those insulin levels and keep blood sugar levels constant throughout the day. Add a ½ cup of bran flakes or other fiber to your pet's meals at least twice a day. Canned pumpkin is another easy way to add fiber to your pet's diet. Mix ½ cup of canned pumpkin with your pet's food. An added benefit of pumpkin is that it will help keep your pets bowel movements regular.
Change the Feeding Schedule
If you're used to feeding your pet one big meal a day, it's time to switch that around. One meal can create a roller coaster effect on the blood sugar levels. Instead, try feeding your pet several small meals several times a day. By providing small amounts of food throughout the day, their body will be able to absorb the carbohydrates all day, which will keep the blood sugar levels consistent. In addition to the blood sugar benefits, feeding several small meals throughout the day is another way to help your pet shed unwanted weight.
If your pet has diabetes, you need to get it under control as soon as possible. Your animal clinic will be able to provide you with additional methods to help keep your pet healthy.