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Raw diet for dogs

alisabain
March 8th, 2009, 07:49 AM
Hi there. My husband and I have 4 dogs and 4 cats. They rang from the ages of 17 yrs to 3 months. We have a 10 yr old Husky/lab who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I am having a hard time getting her to eat some times so I am trying to decided if I should put her on a raw diet. Could any one give me some information about this?

sugarcatmom
March 8th, 2009, 01:49 PM
Hi alisabain, welcome to pets.ca! A raw diet would be an excellent choice for a diabetic, and the rest of your furry family members as well. Is your pup getting insulin injections? What does she eat now?

Here are some links with lots of info on raw feeding that you might want to check out:
http://www.rawfed.com/index.html
http://www.rawfed.com/links.html
http://www.caberfeidh.com/NaturalDiet.htm
http://www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm

Have you ever been to Tailblazers pet food store here in Calgary? They usually have some books on diet, and also supply various raw food components like premade frozen diets, tripe, raw chicken or duck necks and other raw meaty bones. The staff can be a good source of info on feeding raw.

alisabain
March 8th, 2009, 03:21 PM
Hi there. I actually have been to Tailblazers and was thinking of going to see them. Do you know if a raw diet is good for a dog with diabetes?

sugarcatmom
March 8th, 2009, 04:32 PM
Do you know if a raw diet is good for a dog with diabetes?

It sure is! Highly digestible, low carb, quality nutrients. Just be forewarned that your vet might not be on board, since the CVMA's official policy is anti-raw. I have a diabetic cat that eats about 50% raw (and 50% canned) and he's doing fabulous (just "celebrated" his 6 yr anniversary with diabetes).

I'm not sure if it's the same with dogs, but one caution with cats when changing their diet is that their insulin needs may also change. When a cat goes from a high-carb diet to a lower one, they usually need less insulin. Are you testing your dog's blood glucose at home - or interested in doing so? That would be the best way to know if the dose should be lowered. Here are a couple good websites with info:
http://www.caninediabetes.org/
http://petdiabetes.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page