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Canine Diabetes

Barkin Bistro Canine Diabetes Min

What is diabetes?

Canine diabetes is something we see far too often here at BarkinBistro, and in thisarticle, we will help you to understand what it is and how to stop it starting in thefirst place. We believe that canine diabetes can be caused by the wrong diet and thata fresh raw diet is so important for our pups.

Canine diabetes is an incurable disease caused when the body stops making insulin.  Diabetes is all about how the body utilises glucose, and when glucose cannot get into the cells, it builds up in the blood.  This then causes hyperglycemia, which means there is too much sugar in the blood.  Glucose can not get into the cells without insulin, which is made by the pancreas. 

The pancreas and its insulin production are essential for good health in your pup, and when things don’t work correctly, your pup can become diabetic and also be likely to have kidney issues

Diabetic nephropathy is the name given to kidney damage that is caused by diabetes, so we believe here at Barkin Bistro that looking after your pup’s kidneys is imperative.

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

The most common type in dogs, and although not always caused by diet, Type 1 diabetes is very likely to be caused by a diet high in carbohydrates. Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas cannot produce insulin and is a dangerous disease which may require insulin shots regularly. Type 1 diabetes is characterised by high blood sugar and can mean your pup has an autoimmune condition.

Type 2 diabetes

The most common type and is generally due to obesity by your pup eating too many carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates turn to sugar, folks, so a very simple change can be made here by changing to a fresh raw diet with very few carbohydrates. The body becomes resistant to insulin production because too much sugar is in the diet. Type 2 diabetes can be reversible in some cases.

Signs of diabetes

Some of the signs of diabetes in dogs:

  • Diabetic dogs drink more and pee more
  • Vomiting can be a common sign
  • Tiredness and fatigue are signs to look out for
  • Diabetic dogs may lose weight
  • Hunger is a common sign too

If you see any of these signs in your pup, get your vet to check for diabetes and kidney disease.

Breeds that are prone to diabetes

Any dog can get diabetes, but for some reason, the list of breeds below seems to be more predisposed to get this awful disease, and females are likely to get it twice as much as males.

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dachshund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Poodle
  • Samoyed
  • Springer Spaniel
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier

Diet and diabetes in dogs

The correct diet is essential for our pups and by choosing any of our range, your pup is far less likely to contract diabetes or kidney disease.  As we know, a highly-processed diet is awful for us and also for our pups and is very likely to cause multiple health issues due to its poor quality, overheated and often toxic ingredients.  Our pups need six essential nutrients which are in all our fresh and raw food:

  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Carbohydrates
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water

We highly recommend reading Dr. Conor Brady’s excellent book “Feeding Dogs” for more information on this topic. You can get it here.

Our range of fresh raw foods have everything your pup needs and are high in protein.  Dogs need meat in their diets and cannot be healthy without it. They also contain good fats needed for energy, vitamins and minerals that come from the food, not added synthetically.  Some of our food has carbohydrates in the form of vegetables and fruit which we recommend feeding a couple of times per week and of course water, essential in any diet and is approximately 70% natural in fresh raw food.

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