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Can my diabetic pet eat Fromm Family Foods products?
Since every pet is an individual with unique needs for regulating their diabetes, it’s important to work closely with your veterinarian, who knows your pet and their history best.
Some dogs and cats may do well on Fromm recipes, while other pets may respond better to other types of food or prescription diets.
Also, although diet is an important part of your pet’s health and diabetes management, diet alone is not enough to manage diabetes. Medications, lifestyle factors, and monitoring are all crucial.
While working under your veterinarian’s guidance, here are some things to consider:
For diabetic dogs:
Canines are much more likely to experience Type I diabetes (a lack of insulin production in the body). Some dogs may develop Type II diabetes (insulin resistance).
For some pups, a higher fiber diet can help with maintaining steadier blood sugar levels. Some also do well on lower carbohydrate or lower fat diets. For these reasons, and due to the fact that many diabetic pets are overweight, some pups do well on our Weight Management recipes.
However, the best recipe for your pet will vary depending on your pet’s breed, age, and lifestyle, how their body responds to the food, and whether they have any other medical needs (like food sensitivities, urinary issues, etc.) that require a different type of food.
For diabetic cats:
For cats, Type II diabetes (insulin resistance) is much more common than Type I (a lack of insulin production). It commonly develops due to weight gain or obesity, but may also occur secondary to certain medications or other health conditions.
A lower carbohydrate recipe may help diabetic cats. For that reason, our Surf & Turf recipe—our highest protein, lowest carbohydrate formulation—is often a good choice.
Like dogs, the best recipe depends on your kitty’s age and lifestyle, how their body responds to the food, and whether they have other medical needs that require a different food.
- Keep things as consistent as possible.
Try to maintain the same feeding times, meal sizes, type of food, medication timing, and exercise schedule each and every day if you can. A predictable routine helps prevent sudden changes in blood sugar.
If you’re not sure of the best schedule for your pet, or when to use insulin and exercise relative to feeding times, check with your veterinarian.
- Make moderate physical activity a habit, for weight management and overall health. A couple of suggestions include taking your dog on a walk (short or long, depending on their physical capabilities), or using a laser pointer or other toys for your indoor cat.
- Always keep drinking water available. Diabetic pets are more prone to dehydration.
- Follow all of your veterinarian’s advice for monitoring—which usually includes health checkups and glucose curves (a record of your pet’s blood sugar levels throughout the day).
Working with your veterinarian to choose the right diet, routine, and care for your diabetic pet can help your pup or kitty stay as healthy as possible and enjoy a happy life.
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