diabetic dog

By rellypoo Latest Reply 2011-06-30 10:48:54 -0500
Started 2011-06-29 19:10:06 -0500

I have just found out that my 15 year old shep/husky cross has diabetes as well. The vet wants me to get him to lose a few pounds with diet and excercise before they think about medication. He is very old and his excercise is very limited. He does eat a lot (my fault) has any one got any suggestion as to what diet i can put him on and also what excercise I can get him into.

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sweething 2011-06-30 10:48:54 -0500 Report

I had a diabetic cat who lost weight but still required insulin. She was a very happy cat and knew she wouldn't get fed until had her shot, twice a day. Cats are diifferent from dogs in that cats won't overeat if food is left down for them (dry). I gave my cats canned food twice a day, in small amounts.

Diet and exercise are key components in OUR control of the disease, so it's logical it would be in the control of the disease in our pets.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-29 19:57:10 -0500 Report

The Hills petfood company makes prescription pet food that we used to use when i worked for a veterinarian for all kinds of problems. Your veterinarian can recommend which one is right for your dog based on his individual needs. Does your dog like to swim and is there and area near you that would allow that. Swimming is great exercise and low inpact or those old doggy hip and knee joints. Good luck :) Here's a link for more info about the dog food. http://www.hillspet.com/products/prescription...

rellypoo 2011-06-30 03:37:44 -0500 Report

thank you i have had a look at the hillspetfood site you recommended it had some good ideas for me to consider. I will also check in with my vet

CaliKo 2011-06-29 19:32:54 -0500 Report

Sugar-free cats?
Sorry, that was my husband's suggestion.
Isn't there lower calorie food designed for older dogs? Most dogs like to walk with their owners, will he chase a ball or frisbee?

rellypoo 2011-06-29 19:56:32 -0500 Report

thank you for the comment your husband has a great sense of humour I loved that answer. When you throw the ball he just looks at you as if to say well arnt you going to get it now but i will introduce short walks into his daily routine and see how he goes.