Diet and exercise play a VERY important part in the overall management of diabetes.  The core advice is to keep meal content and volume the same each day so as to avoid changes in insulin requirements.  Choosing a food that has a good quality protein source and is low in carbohydrates is recommended.  If your pet is overweight, switching to a reduced-calorie diet is also recommended.

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The owner of a dog with diabetes should also monitor their exercise levels.  Exercise can have an effect on a dog’s blood glucose levels so if your dog suddenly has an increase in exercise, expending more energy than usual, they will burn more glucose.  This may result in an extremely low blood sugar level (hypoglycaemia).

The team can help advise owners of diabetic dogs on food choices and exercise levels and even recommendations on managing any weight issues your dog might be experiencing.

If you have any concerns about the health of your dog or if you think they are showing the signs of diabetes, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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