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Old 01-13-2014, 03:57 AM
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Diabetic - food suggestions?

Mum's dog Suzie has gone off her food, both before and after her bladder stone op and tooth extraction. She was having cooked chicken, carrot, courgette and wholemeal pasta, minced up because of her teeth, and she generally used to wolf it down.
With the new vet we've started a new insulin regime (once a day instead of twice), but the problem is getting her to eat enough. Her food now has brown rice in it as well. He suggested giving her almost anything at all while the insulin adjustment is happening, just so she'll eat. His intention is to put her on a prescription diet but I know she's never going to eat that in a million years!
She's only eating about half her normal ration at the moment. One thing she loves is scrambled egg, but I can't just feed her that, and mixing it in her normal food doesn't really help. I've tried salmon, veal & parmesan cheese - not bothered; the juices from cooked beef - loves that but it's not good for her, and she still tends to just lick the juices off the food.
Has anyone any suggestions for something I could try? Perhaps some sort of flavour enhancer to cook the food in? Thanks!
To add, she's still on antibiotics at the moment which probably doesn't help.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:29 PM
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I would stick to the home cooked. Nothing out of a bag or can will be better for your dog than fresh food. You will have to supplement with a good vitamin and mineral though. Make sure to add a probiotic like yogurt or kefir to the food while on antibiotics to help the stomach. That is why she is probably off her food.

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Thanks She went to the vet again today and the incision has an infection now, so a new course of antibiotics. The main problem is just finding something that she'll eat. I'll try the yogurt, but that won't be until Thursday.
She did eat a little Cesar dog food today - not ideal, but better than nothing. I also bought some pumpkin and sweet potato baby food, so we'll try that tomorrow, along with chicken, broccoli and potato, and maybe some more scrambled egg. She seems to have gone off everything in the previous food, but will eat new things. She was off her food before the antibiotics, though of course they don't help.

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I feel like I'd cut the brown rice. Is this type 1 or type 2 diabetes?

You want to aim for a high protein low carb diet. Canned foods would be best, especially any of the 95% or more meat cans. Wellness, Dave's, Nature's Variety, Merrick, By Nature, and Hound and Gatos make some.

EDIT: Didn't realize we were talking about such a picky dog too haha. For picky and diabetic, try Merrick's 96% Tripe or Solid Gold's Tripe.
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I would stay away from the baby food and stick to steamed fresh veggies. You need to grate the veggies and cook them so the dog can digest them. This may help you choose veggies the are low glycemic they keep the blood sugar stable.
http://caninesupportgroup.com/homemade_diets.htm

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I had a diabetic husky for 4 years before we lost him. We found that anything that was grain free was horrible for his diabetes as his blood sugars would be all over the map. We chose to feed a quality grain inclusive food - one with low glycemic grains (oatmeal, millet, barley, brown rice). We fed THK or a Canadian food called NRG. Both were dehydrated foods that you added water to prep for serving. Of all the foods we tried, those two seemed to work the best for his blood sugars.
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Thanks for all the helpful tips! What I was really after was something I could give her that she'd really want to eat now, we can work on the diet once she's eating again.
In spite of me preparing little sections of different foods this morning - chicken, broccoli, peas, potato, wholemeal bread soaked in chicken juice, scrambled egg, Cesar dog food, a spoonful of the pumpkin baby food, courgette - so I could see which she liked best, she wouldn't touch any of it. So we went back to the vets as I didn't want to inject her on an empty stomach. He gave us some Hills tinned prescription food, and while I agree that fresh is better, if she won't eat it, it's not. She's wolfed the Hills down anyway.
It's a difficult situation, in that her blood sugar has got to stay lowish to help combat the infection, and to inject her with insulin, she must eat.
I know there are better foods I can give her long term, but I need something immediate.

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I'm glad to hear she ate the Hill's. Hope she improves soon and gets her appetite back.
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Raffles, if that's what she wants to eat....go for it! "Better" is no better if she won't eat it! Just get her eating again and worry about "better" later.
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I'm not sure if I should post this update but I will anyway in case it's useful to someone else. She had several investigations, drugs, probiotics since that date and wasn't improving, gradually eating less and less, losing weight, getting weaker. Today the vet did an ultrasound of her small intestine which showed it was likely cancerous so did exploratory surgery, and found it was cancerous and had spread including to her liver, so rather than try removing anything with not much hope of improvement, we decided she'd be better off put to sleep. Safe journey over the rainbow bridge Suzie.
I must say the vet has been incredibly professional, and if you weren't all so far away, I'd recommend him to you all!
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