diabetes in dogs

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2009-10-31 00:20:40 -0500
Started 2009-10-27 20:33:10 -0500

I am a caregiver but the diabetic is my dog. I don't know if I should have joined this site but it seems very informative. He is 11 years old and now has lost his sight. His glucose was over 400 for a couple of months and the lowest we have been able to get it is 149 but it took 9 months to get that number and only once. I am having a hard time finding dog treats without added sugars of any kind. My vet is very helpful but I am always looking for more help and information that can help. It will be 1 year now since he was diagnosed, we started at 4 units of Humilin N and now have leveled out at 12 1/2 units twice a day. My problems with my dog are nothing compared to what all of you have to go through so I just want to thank you for letting my join so I can hopefully become a better caregiver.

21 replies

cussinwolf 2009-10-29 21:02:21 -0500 Report

petdiabetes.com is a good site. It is sort of a clearinghouse for all things diabetes in pets. Search the net for diabetic dog treats. I bake my own treats which a lot healthier and cheaper since I have a pack of 4 plus the honorary pack member that belongs to my neighbor. None of mine are diabetic or I would share one of my recipes with you. Best of luck to you with your fur kid.

Sally 2009-10-29 10:43:55 -0500 Report

Welocime to the site. I just found out last week that my oldest dog has bladder cancer, and there is nothing I can do. At least you can help your dog with his health. I wish (as odd as this may sound) that my dog had diabetes instead of this cancer. At least I am familiar with diabetes and it can be controlled. I would know what to do. Love your little dog for as long as you can, everyday with him is a gift. My dog may have a month or perhaps if she is blessed, 6 monthes. As of right now she is not suffering, and I am making everyday with her count. Good luck and keep us all updated.

Mar2732 2009-10-29 12:10:26 -0500 Report

I am so sorry about the bad news with your dog. I wish there was something I could do to help you through this tough time. Hang in there and please know that you and your dog are in my thoughts. Mar

imsuzie2 2009-10-30 03:49:20 -0500 Report

Oh Sally, I am so sorry to hear you dog is so ill. My heart breaks for you. I am glad that you will not let her suffer and will enjoy all the time you have left with her. Hugs

lipsie 2009-10-31 00:20:40 -0500 Report


My heart reaching out to you and your dog, I wish there was something I could do to help you out. Would love to see a photo if you could post on the site, but I understand if you don't want to. But enjoy those days…and you are a strong soul! My prayers are with you two! Hugs! Sheila

imsuzie2 2009-10-29 01:13:56 -0500 Report

Mar, let us know once in awhile how your dog is doing. We all love pets and people on this site…you are a tender soul and we all love that! S2

Sarguillo 2009-10-28 15:58:18 -0500 Report

I know diabetes does happen in pets. Try baking some of your treats for your dog. that way you can control the ingrediants in the treats. I will look up some recepies when I am able and post them.
Good luck and welcome.
Oh, we want to see pics of your dog also.

Sarguillo 2009-10-28 20:13:24 -0500 Report

Ok, I asked in my pets forum that I follow and the advice there was to give him string cheese and hot dogs.
Hot dogs are low carb and he will love the meat.
Cheese is a low carb item.
Somone suggested liver. Either dehydrate or microwave liver treats for the dog.
There are alot of recepies on the web for home made dog food.
Try one that is low grain or non grain.

Hope this helps you.

Mar2732 2009-10-28 12:09:44 -0500 Report

I want to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome. To answer your questions, my dog loves carrots and lettuce, I just give him a small amount because of the carb counts. I have visited a lot of diabetes sites for dogs and have baked him some canned diabetic dog food. He didn''t have much of an appetite for a while in the beginning but now I boil boneless chicken breasts and mix it with brown rice and add it to his dry Iams kibble twice a day and he now will finish his breakfast and dinner so I can give him his insulin. I don't check his blood level, I bring him to the vet and they check it for me. If I checked his blood, I would have to take blood from either the inside of his ear or from his gums and my vet said that would be to hard on my dog and myself so I am happy to bring him into the vet for that test. His BG should be between 80 - 120 but he also has Cushing Disease and my vet said that it is almost impossible to get his levels perfect with both of these diagnoses and right now he is keeping his weight at 16 lbs and his BG under 200 so my vet is happy with these results. Thank you again for caring, some people tell me that I should put him down but when I asked my vet if he was suffering, he said that he is a blind, cushing disease, diabetic dog who is not suffering and is doing very well and if the time came when he thought the dog was suffering, he would tell me. So that is where we are now and we will just take it one day at a time and hope for the best. Mar

GabbyPA 2009-10-28 09:34:41 -0500 Report

I dindn't know that dogs and cats could have diabetes. Wow, that has to be a challenge. I know that my dogs love veggies and they are always in the kitchen with me when I am making salads. They hate it when the compost bin gets some of it. LOL
How do you check the blood on your dog? Is their BG levels to be similar to ours? It seems so odd to me that they would be so much like us. I just never knew.

sweething 2009-10-28 09:20:14 -0500 Report

My cat was diabetic, so I understand how difficult it can be. Her lows were particularly difficult and try to reason with a cat about why she has to eat something NOW. The person who recommended checking the internet for the recipes may be on to your answer. You can adapt the ingredients to fit your dog's needs.

lipsie 2009-10-28 08:41:12 -0500 Report


I have no clue what to say on helping you pet but wish I could. You must go thru some rough time figuring out the needs of your pet. I want you to know you ARE welcome here and I think the world of you already! And no need to be private..you are accepted!! Hugs! Sheila

hbkunkel 2009-10-28 05:48:27 -0500 Report

My dog is not diabetic but we needed to get her weight down for other health issues and we started using baby carrots for treats! She loved them and over time she has lost 24 pounds and keot it off. Try them:).

imsuzie2 2009-10-28 02:39:36 -0500 Report

Private, your dog can't advise you when he is not feeling well, it most be so difficult to help him. You are an angel! Some suggestions…what about carrots? Are they too high in carbs if you use baby carrots and cut them in 1/2 or 1/3's? Low cal…Also, what about contacting bestfriends.org, the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. They might have suggestions for caring for your dog. They care for all types of animals, sick and well…they are one of our charities. Good luck. S2

dyanne 2009-10-27 23:46:34 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about your dog, I have 2 and I love them too so I understand. You can look on line for recipes for homemade dog treats and maybe just make some substitutions. My friend just made some for our dogs last week and used cookie cutters they were so cute and my one fussy Dakota loved them. Good luck and let me know if u tried it !!

Harlen 2009-10-27 22:01:49 -0500 Report

Sorry to here that your dog is having this. for treats try Beef jerky but you got to read the list of ingr to make shore thers no suger some do some dont.
By the way you are welcome here .
Best wishes

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