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
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Autoimmunity
  • Pancreatitis
  • Inflammation
  • Toxins
  • Vaccinations

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
  • Starch-free

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!