Preventing Animal Diabetes in Your Pets

According to MSNBC, as many as one in 50 cats and dogs has diabetes, and more and more animals are diagnosed each year.

While the specific causes of diabetes mellitus are unknown, there are some things you can do to prevent your pet from developing this disease.

Obesity

Just like with humans, animals suffer from problems associated with excess body fat. Diabetes develops most often in pets who are overweight and obese, so the first step in preventing pet diabetes is determining whether your animal is overweight.

Feel your pet’s ribcage; if you can feel his or her ribs, your pet probably falls within a healthy weight range. Look at your pet’s profile; his or her stomach should not be distended over the ribcage. From an overhead view, you should be able to see your animal’s waist behind the ribcage.

If you suspect your pet is overweight, proper diet and exercise are key for bringing your furry friend back to a healthy weight and preventing the onset of diabetes.

Diet

Regardless of your pet's weight, a healthy diet will help prevent the development of diabetes. Dry pet foods made from grains contain too many carbohydrates, which aren’t found in your animal’s natural diet.

A diet high in carbohydrates causes intense spikes in blood glucose levels, which are then stored as fat. Stick to high-quality canned food that has a lot of fiber and less fat. Look for low-calorie versions to help obese pets bring their weight down to a more manageable level.

Try to stay away from the tempting habit of feeding your dog or cat from the table; scraps of “people food” increase your pet’s carbohydrate intake as well. Finally, avoid feeding your pet any sugary treats, but don’t eliminate treats completely. Look for low-sugar, low-fat, and low-calorie treats.

Exercise

Exercise helps animals maintain a healthy weight and prevent diabetes. Many dogs and outside cats have ample opportunity for exercise when they roam around, but indoor cats may need a little more incentive.

Cat toys that encourage leaping and chasing enhance a sedimentary cat’s exercise regimen and bring you entertainment as well! Increase walking time for dogs, or add a game of fetch to your normal routine. Playing with your pets not only increases your enjoyment, but also helps prevent animal diabetes.

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com who may contact you with updates and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

It is estimated that 80,000 children and adolescents each year are diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Juvenile diabetes is diagnosed when the body...

As the summer months come to an end, we throw aside our swimsuits and bring out our favorite team jerseys! In America, fall means football, and...

The medical community relies heavily on the goodwill of its citizens, as giving blood and organ donations help save thousands of lives every year...

Evidence is mounting that consuming black cumin helps to manage type 2 diabetes. The spice lowered blood glucose...

It's not uncommon to spend several years living with type 2 diabetes and not even know you have the condition. Despite regular check-ups with your...

More Articles

Type 2 diabetes has become so common in Western culture and media that this often lifelong, serious condition doesn't really raise an eyebrow...

Limiting our intake of highly processed foods, and eating more whole and lightly processed fare can boost our nutrient and fiber intake, lower...

Lantus is a once a day insulin injection that is taken at the same time every day. It replaces anywhere from the average three to five insulin...

Improving your A1C reading requires you to maintain consistently healthy blood...

Just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't help your community by being a blood donor. When persons with diabetes maintain good control...

Most of us do not regularly keep the fruit that scientists call Fortunella margarita in our refrigerator. That these small, yellow-orange...

A diagnosis of diabetes usually comes with a list of recommended lifestyle changes. To make these diet and exercise...

Having diabetes affects your body’s ability to handle hot, humid weather, and steamy temperatures can degrade diabetes supplies. But all of this...

Fashion and function come together in clothing developed by AnnaPS, making life a bit more comfortable and convenient for insulin users. The...

Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, but scratched or cracked skin is also susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections – common medical...

One way to ensure our body gets a variety of nutrients is eating nutrient-dense foods, and one of the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet is...

Financial aid and scholarship money are available for people with diabetes, but acquiring it requires an investment of time and patience. Whether...

Any sweetener you use to replace table sugar is a sugar substitute. One type of sugar substitute is artificial sweetener. Three other types...

Smoking is a proven health hazard for everyone, but it is an especially dangerous habit for those with diabetes. Research shows that smokers with...

While life on the road can be tough on musicians, it’s especially challenging for those battling diabetes. Some musicians have to check their...