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Hi Dr. Char,

I feed our Cockapoo Science Diet Light, which is higher fiber and lower fat content. It is off the shelf, not a prescription dog food. I try to stay away from those, due to cost. I feed him twice a day, and then give insulin 1/2 hour after he eats.

He gets up every night to go outside...probably from high fiber. Miss those nights when he slept all night.

My vet just tells me to give him a higher fiber food, but did not specify which type. Again, he usually is well regulated, just by negative urine glucose tests. More recently, he has had some glucose in urine. I just give a bit more insulin if he is positive.

I have been doing more research of diabetes in dogs.......just trying to keep him as healthy as possible. There is so much information out there, it gets confusing at times.

I am an RN by the way.

Thank you for your time. It is appreciated. I was just wondering if some of these supplements do truly help.

Thank You,

Pat M.

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February 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM



Dear Pat,

You could try Purina DM which is made for diabetic dogs, but the Science Diet seems to be working for you. Before making a lot of changes I would give a digestive enzyme with meals and a probiotic, MSM, and a high quality fish oil supplement daily. These will act synergistically with Dia-IonX to reduce the common side effects of diabetes. If you can take your dog for a moderate walk after supper each evening that might increase your odds of sleeping through the night. Daily exercise also facilitates getting the glucose into the muscles and out of the blood. It may also get him to defecate because of the exercise stimulation.

Beware of signs of hypoglycemia because Dia-IonX and regular exercise can reduce the need for exogenous insulin. Make sure you have some honey or Karo syrup in the house just in case the blood glucose dips too low and you can give it immediately. If that happens then you can discuss with your veterinarian what new insulin dosage would work better. Please let us know how you progress and we can talk more about diet later depending upon the response you are getting. Also, please monitor snacks, only diabetic approved and without artificial ingredients. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
February 25, 2010 at 4:04 PM
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