Diabetes seems to be becoming much
more common. There is no clear understanding of why this should
be so. A possibility is that the pancreas becomes damaged as a
result of repeated low-grade bouts of inflammation which go unnoticed.
This would correspond to Stage 2 or 3 in the Development
Inflammation and damage to the pancreas
could also be caused by dietary intolerance.
In general, the daily insulin dose should be divided into two
injections. Food should be divided into as many small feeds as
The diet should be high in complex
carbohydrates and fibre. This helps to avoid sudden rises in blood
glucose levels. Burns High Oats for the dog meets these criteria.
Adding vegetables and keeping the quantity of a dog food as low
as possible to help to control blood glucose levels.
A diabetic dog which is underweight
should not normally have a high-fibre food but should have a highly
Cats are rather more problematic
when it comes to feeding. High fibre content reduces palatability
so it can be difficult to get a cat to eat high fibre food. As
with dogs, a high fibre diet would not be suitable for an underweight
cat. Some authorities recommend high protein, high fat diets for
Burns Pet Health Management Programme meets these needs.
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