Beagle dog diabetes – What dietary changes should I make?

Dog owner question

"My 6 year old beagle dog was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I am unsure what dietary changes I should make. My dog was previously on dry food, but I have heard that a high fibre, low fat diet is advisable to manage diabetes.

What special diet do you recommend for my beagle and how often should I feed him to stabilize his blood sugar?"

Veterinarian's answer

"The recommended diet for dogs diagnosed with diabetes is usually high in fiber and low in fat.

A high fibre diet helps with blood sugar control and weight management as the fibre slows down the absorption of nutrients, so sugar is released more slowly into the bloodstream.

Fibre can be obtained from foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

A low-fat diet is also beneficial for diabetics as it helps to reduce weight in overweight dogs.

Being overweight increases the risk of diabetes, so it is important to keep your dog at the right weight!

Complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice or sweet potatoes, provide energy for longer and help to stabilise blood sugar levels. These foods release sugar into the bloodstream slowly, so your dog's blood sugar levels remain stable.

Protein is also an important nutrient for dogs and helps maintain muscle mass. High quality proteins such as chicken, turkey or fish can be a good choice!

Last but not least, the number and timing of daily meals should be coordinated with your dog's insulin dosage. Your vet can help you decide when and how often to feed your dog.

>>  Lhasa Apso dog excessive hair loss

This is to keep blood glucose levels as stable as possible. Each dog has different needs, so it is important to adjust food and insulin intake individually.

However, consult your vet before making any major dietary changes.

He or she can personally give you the best advice based on your beagle's health and needs!"