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    Diabetic Dog
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    An_267829 posted:
    Hi all! My 10 year old 17 pound Schnoodle is diabetic and his blood sugar tends to crash 6-7 hours after his meal and insulin shot. His meal (7:30 am and pm) is 1/3 cup vegetables, 3/8 cup chicken and 1/4 cup cooked lentils. I've tried adjusting insulin and food portions with little success. I've recently started giving him a snack of 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts (no salt/blanched) 3 hours after his meals. I haven't done a full curve yet but he's definitely not crashing like he was. I chose peanuts because they are digested much slower than many other foods however I'm concerned that this may be too much fat in the long term. I am trying to avoid changing insulin due to the significantly higher cost. Currently on 5 units twice daily of Novolin N. Any recommendations?
     
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    atti_editor responded:
    Have you worked with your vet to develop your dog's current meal plan? If not, I think that's a great place to start to determine how many calories and what kinds of foods are best for your dog. This article has some suggestions on tips to manage your dog's diet when he has diabetes and may be helpful for you. You may consider timing his meals differently or breaking them into 3 feeding times as opposed to 2 (after talking with your vet of course). The article above suggests homemade dehydrated meats, carrots, snap peas, and even canned pumpkin as good little snacks if you are worried about the peanuts.

    Please let us know how you and he are doing!


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