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Best food for a dog with type 1 diabetes?

Hello all!

My Jack/Beagle mix was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and a low thyroid this morning. The vet considered him to be underweight and, in addition to insulin shots twice a day, suggested he be put on Hill's Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management Chicken Flavor Dry Dog Food. That doesn't make much sense to me since it is low protein and low fat, but high carbs. Unfortunately our vet wants to charge us nearly $60 for a 17 pound bag...and we have 3 dogs total that he said would all be fine on this diet even if the other two don't have diabetes either.

My dogs are currently on Merrick, grain free and Texas beef, and the vet said it is because of genetics that he has these conditions and not the food. Our vet said there wer eother foods out there but obviously would not give options. I'm trying to look for other brands for various reasons and would preferably like a grain and chicken free one because one of our other dogs has a sensitivity to them. Merrick is my favorite brand but I'm willing to look at other natural options. Any suggestions?

 

Thank you!!

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Re: Best food for a dog with type 1 diabetes?

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Hi, CupcakebreathOur Animal Care Specialist followed up with us and advised the following. The Hill’s W/D is a common food recommended for pets with diabetes. It is going to be difficult to find an over the counter equivalent to W/D that is grain free as being grain free generally means lower crude fiber percentage.  Also, the prescription diets available are the only diets clinically proven to address the disease they are prescribed for. 

You may want to think about if you are going to pursue insulin treatment for the dog because if you are going to try to control diabetes with diet alone, it will be very difficult.  Also, you'll need to understand that no matter what diet you choose consistency of feeding, timing feeding with insulin dosing (correct timing depends on the type of insulin, you'll need to ask your vet), and keeping a schedule is as important, if not more important than what you're feeding your dog.  You can speak with your vet about working to control diabetes without a diet change or ask again about alternative options.  If you are able to feed the diabetic dog separately from the grain/chicken sensitive dog,  it may be best to use targeted nutrition for each. 
 
We would really recommend making this decision in consultation with your vet.  If your vet is able to give you a breakdown of desired characteristics about a diet, such as protein %, fiber % and fat %,  partners in our store could help better direct you to a particular diet that meets al of your needs.

We really hope this helps. Please let us know how it works out! 


-Tiffany W.

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Re: Best food for a dog with type 1 diabetes?

Hi Cupcakebreath

 

Thank you for your question and welcome to the community! I have sent this to one of Petco's animal care specialists for advice and will check back in as soon as I hear back. 

 

Alex Cat Very Happy

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Re: Best food for a dog with type 1 diabetes?

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Hi, CupcakebreathOur Animal Care Specialist followed up with us and advised the following. The Hill’s W/D is a common food recommended for pets with diabetes. It is going to be difficult to find an over the counter equivalent to W/D that is grain free as being grain free generally means lower crude fiber percentage.  Also, the prescription diets available are the only diets clinically proven to address the disease they are prescribed for. 

You may want to think about if you are going to pursue insulin treatment for the dog because if you are going to try to control diabetes with diet alone, it will be very difficult.  Also, you'll need to understand that no matter what diet you choose consistency of feeding, timing feeding with insulin dosing (correct timing depends on the type of insulin, you'll need to ask your vet), and keeping a schedule is as important, if not more important than what you're feeding your dog.  You can speak with your vet about working to control diabetes without a diet change or ask again about alternative options.  If you are able to feed the diabetic dog separately from the grain/chicken sensitive dog,  it may be best to use targeted nutrition for each. 
 
We would really recommend making this decision in consultation with your vet.  If your vet is able to give you a breakdown of desired characteristics about a diet, such as protein %, fiber % and fat %,  partners in our store could help better direct you to a particular diet that meets al of your needs.

We really hope this helps. Please let us know how it works out! 


-Tiffany W.

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Re: Best food for a dog with type 1 diabetes?

Thank you so much! I'm sorry I forgot to mention in my original post that the dog will also be getting insulin shots twice a day at a specific time around his feedings. 

I did speak with my vet today and explained the concerns listed above to him, again, and told him I just wanted to be sure I understood things because I had come to terms that I would just have to buy separate foods and feed them separately. That was when my vet told me that if I wanted the same brand of food I could go for something high in both protein and fiber. We spoke about options and he said Merrick Backcountry is great for protein but I would have to supplement more fiber in, then gave me ideas with fruits and vegetables.

 

Thank you for your help!

Community Representative

Re: Best food for a dog with type 1 diabetes?

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Hi, Cupcakebreath. You're welcome and please let us know how it works out for you. Thank you. 

-Tiffany W.

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