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Pet diabetes is manageable

By now you know about pet diabetes and that it is manageable. If you need a recap, watch this video or click here to learn more.

The goal of diabetes management is to regulate glucose levels and minimize diabetic complications.

Your vet will customize a diabetes management plan for your pet to fit your needs.

Learn about diabetes management cornerstones by clicking on each of the tabs above.

Once you learn about diabetes management, you can download a Diabetes Management brochure for a quick summary.

DIET (INCLUDING WEIGHT MANAGEMENT)

Diet and weight management are important in managing your pet's diabetes. Diets that eliminate or reduce sugar spikes are usually preferred.

For diabetic dogs, diets high in fiber are typical because they are lower in sugar and take longer to digest.
For diabetic cats, diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates are usually recommended.

Your veterinarian will determine what diet is best for your pet.

Tip: Ask your veterinarian what diabetes-friendly treats are recommended for your pet.

EXERCISE

Exercise and physical activity are also important when managing diabetic pets. In general, physical activity and exercise lower blood glucose levels. This is why consistency in your pet's daily exercise schedule is very important. Discuss your pet's daily exercise schedule with your veterinarian and find out what physical activity your veterinarian recommends for your diabetic dog or cat.

Do :

  • Consult your veterinarian before changing your pet's diet.
  • Report to your veterinarian if your pet's daily activity varies significantly.

Don't:

  • Do not change your pet's diet without notifying your veterinarian.
  • Do not exercise your pet heavily after insulin* administration.

* If your dog or cat is prescribed insulin by a veterinarian.
Note: The health information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace a discussion with a veterinarian. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a veterinarian and unique characteristics of each patient should be considered.