November: Diabetes Awareness Month November 17, 2021 – Posted in: cats, dogs, wellness
Just like in humans, our four-legged family members can be affected by diabetes. Did you know that 1 in 100 dogs and 1 in 50 cats are affected by diabetes?
Many different factors can cause the onset of diabetes in pets:
- Breed or genetics
Through a proper diet, the management of diabetes and the prevention of obesity is possible.
- Complex carbs are chains of simple sugars which, after digestion, enter the bloodstream.
- Cats and dogs as carnivores are not biologically designed to handle an excessive consumption of carbs.
- Over time, overconsumption of carbs leads to stress on the pancreas, eventually resulting in diabetes.
Whether you want to manage or prevent diabetes in your pet, look for foods with a low glycemic index (foods that release glucose slowly and steadily).
When choosing a treat for a dog or cat with diabetes, keep these 3 things in mind:
- Protein first
- Low or no carb
We have lots of food and treat options for cats and dogs with diabetes. Stop by the store anytime and we will be happy to share them with you!