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Food for a diabetic dog

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We just found out our 9yr old German short hair is diabetic.
We got rid of the canned fd and I cook chicken for high protein. Looking for suggestions to switch him to a dry kibble. Should I go grain free? What is everyone using.
He is on a low dose of insulin, but not regulated yet.
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Foods that are okay to give to dogs with diabetes tend to have lots of fiber and a low glycemic index. These include berries and vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli, and zucchini. One thing to avoid is food with simple sugars. These will raise your dog's blood sugar level. Avoid giving any treats or table scraps that contain sugar or sweeteners such as corn syrup, as well as high glycemic foods that quickly boost blood sugar, such as white rice and bread.

Do not go grain free. Grains are in fact good for diabetic dogs, especially with diabetes. (Remember, this is only according to articles and various searches on google. You can choose to take or not take my advice, and I do not intend to hurt your senior pup. I may not be right.)

I wish you luck and I hope this can help you and your diabetic doggo.
Thank you for the reply. I have been cooking chicken for him for added protein
Anytime :) I'm here to share my knowledge, after all
I would first ask my vet if they have any recommendations. I would also be looking around to see if there are any diabetic dog support groups, such as a Facebook pages or anything of that sort. Of course, you want to always be careful taking any advice from a source like Facebook, but I'm sure it would give you a place to start. I don't know if there are any currently active members with much first-hand experience with diabetic dogs on this forum.

Be careful with making your own food for your dog. Commercial dog foods are carefully balanced, and any raw or homecooked diet should be equally as carefully balanced. Chicken alone is not a sufficient diet. There are sources out there to help you properly formulate a homecooked or raw diet, or there are commercially manufactured raw mixes you can purchase.
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