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Study: 850% Increase in Diabetic Dogs since 2011
May 19, 2016 at 8:52 am 0

Are you causing your dog to be unhealthy?

Do you feed your dog human food? You might be thinking you're giving them a treat, but a recent study has said you might be doing a lot more harm than good.

A study of 9,000 pets by UK pet insurer Animal Friends found that dogs have shown an 850% increase in diabetes diagnosis since 2011. One of the main reasons for this rise in diabetes was weight gain and that was caused, in part, by owners feeding their pets human food

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Signs of canine diabetes

One of the first steps to knowing whether or not your dog has diabetes is to recognize the clues that might signal a trip to the vet. Pet Diabetes Month lists the following symptoms of diabetes in dogs:

  • Drinks more water than usual

  • Urinates more frequently, produces more urine per day or has accidents in the house

  • Always acts hungry, but maintains or loses weight

  • Has cloudy eyes

If your dog starts displaying any of these symptoms, give your vet a call and have fido checked out to rule out diabetes or another condition that could be affecting their health. 

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Treatment of diabetes

If your vet does diagnose your dog with diabetes, it's important that you follow their instructions for how to treat your dog. According to The Bark treatment of diabetes is as much an art as it is a science. 

Just as in humans, the key is to keep blood glucose levels close to normal. It will help your dog to feel good and to be less likely to develop diabetes-related problems in the future. The article goes on to say "the most common diabetic complication in dogs in cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eyes); over time, dogs may also develop hardening of the arteries, kidney disease, retina disease or nerve disease. And because bacteria thrive on a high-sugar diet, dogs with diabetes are prone to gum, urinary, skin and other infections."

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Dogs with diabetes will most likely need to be treated with insulin either once or twice a day to help treat their condition. Your vet will be able to tell you how much and when to administer the dosage to your dog.

Another important factor in treating your dog is to test their blood glucose levels regularly at home. This can reveal problems before they are apparent in other ways. Testing blood glucose can also let you know if the treatment plan you're currently using is working or if your vet should recommend another course of action. 

Of course an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure you know and understand what's in your dog's food, give them regular exercise and have them visit a vet regularly to diagnose potential problems before they are too late. 

 

 

Does your dog have diabetes? What do you do to treat them? How did you first find out? Share your stories in the comments below. 

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Dog Advice
What Are You Really Feeding Your Dog?
March 17, 2016 at 6:50 am 1

The mysterious world of dog food

Admittedly, I don't know much about dog food. I know generally what to avoid, but I trust the people working at the pet store I visit to recommend food that they know to be good for my dogs.

That trust is important, because it can be hard to tell at a glance what food is good for your dog. Many brands claim to be all-natural, or premium and by reading the label alone, you might not know exactly what you're getting for your four-legged amigo.

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A 2015 study found that out of the 2,223 dog food formulas investigated, just 134 actually passed their standards. With a 94% failure rate, those aren't great odds you'll find something healthy for your dog by chance.

 

Which brands won?

The study included experts in the dog food industry such as veterinarians, dog trainers, animal behaviourists, university researchers and authors. Together, this team invested more than 1,400 hours into gathering their results. At the end, these ten brands were the winners:

  1. Orijen
  2. ACANA
  3. Eagle Pack
  4. Fromm
  5. Nature's Logic
  6. Stella & Chewy's
  7. Wysong
  8. Pinnacle
  9. Primal
  10. Hi-Tek Naturals

 

Ingredients to look for and avoid

Here's a quick list of ingredients you should look for in your dog's food and also a list of things to avoid:

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Why is good dog food important?

As with humans, healthy food means a healthy life. If you're feeding your dog bad food, it will definitely have a ripple effect on their health. Dogs need the right combination of protein, fat, moisture, fibre and nutrients  in order to avoid a long list of health problems (both physical and mental).

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Issues like obesity are just as much of a problem for dogs as for people. Many poor grain-based ingredients in dog food can be to blame. Many dogs are sensitive to wheat and corn which are both popular fillers in dog food.

In the end, feeding your dog good food is as important for their health as exercise and love. Buying a good quality food is one way to ensure your best friend has many years of couch snuggling and squirrel chasing ahead of them.

You can read the full dog food study on Reviews.com.

 

What kind of food do you feed your dog? Will you be changing brands after reading this article? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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