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Ask the Vet About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

Diabetes
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Ask the Vet About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jun 8, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food

Question:What is a good food for my diabetic and non- diabetic dog that tastes good ?

Answer:There are, thankfully, many good diet out there right now including: Purina DM and Hill's prescription diets like W/D, for diabetic dogs.

Date: May 25, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Diabetes

Question:What do I do if I skip two days of novilin n on my cat will that her her.

Answer:It is not a good idea to skip days with her insulin dosage (unless she isn't eating well). It will cause her blood sugar to get high and sometimes it is hard to get it back down and regulated again.

Date: May 8, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Food

Question:What is your best cat food for diabetic cats that is LOW in fat as well? I saw you recommended petcurean go! Wet food?

Answer:The cat food that I can consistently wean my diabetic cats off of insulin with is Purina DM.

Date: May 6, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Excessive thirst/wetting

Question:My dig is recently diagnosed with diabetes. She is in 5 units x2 a day. She still is drinking excessively and wets her kennel at night. She only wets about once a week. Please help

Answer:If she is still that polyuric and polydipsic (urinating and drinking excessively) her blood sugar is still way too high. Schedule a recheck with your veterinarian and they will more than likely increase her insulin dosage and/or talk to you about her diet, etc to get her diabetes under control.

Date: May 5, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Food

Question:What food would you recommend for a 10 year old diabetic dog that is gluten intolerant. How much Purina fortify orange would you give an 8 pound dog

Answer:Work closely with your veterinarian when choosing a food for your diabetic dog - s/he knows your dog far better than I do and a lot of things will factor into which food to choose for him like if his diabetes is his biggest problem right now and he hasn't had gluten issues for years (which are very rare in dogs), I would probably go with one of the prescription diets formulated for diabetic dogs. If you mean Purina's probiotic Fortiflora, it's one pack per dog per day.

Date: May 2, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:My dog was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with type 2 diabetes and is on insulin 13cc. He is very weak and his hind legs are weak also. With insulin treatment will he regain his strength?

Answer:Probably - it depends on whether he has other things going on at the same time. Get his diabetes under control and then you can look for other problems, but you may not need to because hopefully he will be better if it is due to his diabetes.

Date: Apr 24, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Nutrition

Question:What types of food is available for diabetic cats at 16 years old our kitty was diagnosed with diabetes she is currently taking 2.5 u of pro zinc 2 times per day.

Answer:The food I have had the most success with over the years with cats is Purina DM. If they will eat only this food, I can often wean them off of their insulin. (There is no bias in recommending this food on my part - Purina doesn't pay me anything to endorse their food. . . unfortunately, lol)

Date: Apr 10, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diabetes

Question:good morning. Our 12 year old miniature schnauzer has been dx with diabetes, cataracts now and loss of hearing within the last 4 or 5 months, he eats well and is on 4units of insulin 2x day. We can always feel his bones, sometimes, prominently. His other functions are normal. Thank you for any help.

Answer:Diabetic older dogs can get really skinny until their blood sugar is well regulated. Work with your veterinarian to get his blood sugar well regulated - it may take many rechecks to find the perfect dosage of insulin. You should see a drop in the amount of water he drinks when he starts to become more well regulated. Using a prescription diet formulated for diabetic dogs usually helps. Since he is eating well, adding a third meal in the middle of the day may help - you don't want that meal to make him not hungry for the meals that you give him the insulin though, so if you find that happening, just increase the amount of food you are giving him twice daily.

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diamicron mr

Question:My vet has prescribed 15g of diamichron mr in the morning and now night. After 17 days in the morning vast improvement to his excessive water consumption and urination. Only been three days taking at night, but improvement very slow and still having urination accident during the night if i don't hear him to let out. How long before I see an improvement during the night. Thank you

Answer:I have never used Diamichron in my diabetic patients so you will have to ask whoever prescribed it - it isn't commonly used in veterinary medicine. The prescription diets for diabetic dogs help regulate their blood sugar as well, so hopefully you are using one of these diets as well.

Date: Apr 7, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Insulin

Question:My 45 lb 4 yr pitbull has been given 20 units of vetsulin twice daily. She is on this http://myuntangledlife.com/homemade-dog-food-for-diabetic-dogs/ diet since diagnosis 4 months ago. I add 3 lbs. WD prescription dog food to the mix. Her glucose levels have never been below 400 but they stay pretty level throughout the day. Her eyesight is failing. Vet says she's already at her max dosage of insulin. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions? Is this all we can do for her?

Answer:"Her glucose levels have never been below 400" = this is really worrisome 4 months in. I would consider going to see an internal medicine specialist - make sure they are board certified in internal medicine - they are often at Veterinary Schools.They may change her type of insulin. They will almost certainly put her on a diet that has been proven to help millions of diabetic dogs. Looking at the ingredients of the homemade diet is not enough - you need to see how hundreds of diabetic dogs respond to the diet.

Date: Mar 27, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Others
Topic: both my cat and dog have diabetes

Question:I'm giving them insulin twice a day... but what else can I do to help them? My vet suggests a special diet for my cat... the only problem is I have 2 other cats so its difficult to feed my diabetes cat (male about 10) separately. Is there anywhere else I can purchase this food, besides my vets office.

Answer:I would definitely get them on the prescription food - sometimes, especially with cats, the diets work so well you no longer have to give insulin after a while. You can find the prescription food online through lots of retailers but you will need a prescription from your veterinarian.

Date: Mar 17, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hyper thyroid and diabetes

Question:We had a 20 year old cat that has been treated, at the maximum dose, with methimazole for hyperthyroidism for the last 2 years. At that time it was the only ailment detectable after exhaustive blood and urine testing. Now, he is drinking more, has gotten thinner and is urinating a great deal...all the symptoms of diabetes. Due to his advanced age, we are wondering if it is even worthwhile to treat diabetes at this time. He eats VERY well...though still thin...and is affectionate and social. We are at an impasse, financially and morally, and we love him bunches and only want him to not "suffer". Is there any treatments, sans insulin and daily blood monitoring we can persue? Looking for your opinion, here. Thank you for any help or suggestions you can render

Answer:I would worry about kidney disease as well. And, yes, to directly answer your question - there are really good prescription diets that help tremendously with diabetes, especially in a cat, and kidney disease. So I would recommend taking him in to see if it's diabetes or kidney disease and get him on the appropriate diet +/- change his dosage of methimazole +/- other medications.

Date: Jan 14, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  Toy poodle with diabetic

Question: What's the best food without a prescription it's hard to get to the vet to get a prescription for the dog food do you have any recommendations for buying any type of food at Petco without prescription

Answer:In my opinion and experience, I am NOT fan of most of the prescription and often overpriced diabetic diets. I much prefer a PROPER home made diet as you can see on the website www.k9petchef.com or those recipes in book Dr Pitcairn's Guide To Natural Health For dogs and cats by Richard PItcairn, DVM, phd. You can also try STARCH free diet Wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds.

Date: Jan 9, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: food

Question:what do i feed my dog for dieabetic

Answer:In my opinion and experience, I would feed your dog minimally processed, low carb diets such as Wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds. I am not big fan of processed commercial pet foods sold by many vets. I also like proper home made diets such as those in book by Dr Pitcairn on natural health for dogs and cats

Date: Aug 28, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetic Dog - Diet

Question:My Tekel Is 12 Years Old And I Have Been Giving Her Insulin Shots For Diabetes Twice A Day For The Last 4 Years. She Is Doing Well - But I Live Overseas And Getting Her Medicine Is Difficult. I Also Give Her Vetoryl Once A Day. Are There Dietary Options And/or Other Options For Treatment That I Might Want To Consider?

Answer:See The Information On The Lignans For Pets Which Will Discuss Holistic Options For Cushings. Also The Website Www.petwellbeing.com I Would Not Stop Traditional Treatment, However Unless Your Pet Is Under Care Of A Local Vet


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