The food your dog eats get transformed into glucose which gives cells the energy needed to survive. A hormone called insulin is supposed to "unlock" the body cells and allow glucose to enter the cells. But when dogs don't produce enough insulin, or the insulin they produce doesn't work efficiently, the body may develop a serious condition called diabetes.
Genes is one aspect that accounts for diabetes in some dogs. Diabetes may also occur following an illness that causes severe inflammation and damage to the pancreas, an organ that produces insulin.
In rare cases, diabetes may also affect some pregnant dogs.
Dogs having diabetes seem to be very tired. They eat and drink a lot more than usual but the weight is dropping. They also need to urinate frequently with an unusually sweet smells of urine or breath.
How it works?
Most dogs with diabetes need daily injection of insulin and medications. However, diet and exercise must come into play to control the condition on an on-going basis.
Diabetes is not easy to control, but your vet should be able to advice on the necessary changes in diet for your diabetic Schnauzer.
Weight management is probably one of the most important aspects along the way of treating diabetes. Obesity has been known as a leading culprit in fighting against the disease. Switching to a low-fat protein source such as chicken or turkey for a diabetic Schnauzer is probably one of the changes the vet may recommend.
Fiber helps your Schnauzer absorb food more gradually. Increasing fiber content in your pet's diet would allow even a small amount of insulin to do the job. Add lightly steamed pumpkin or wheat bran gradually to find the right amount that suits your Schnauzer's stomach. Make sure the pumpkin you use is fresh - processed ones are usually sweetened, which will do more harm than good.
Adding other fresh non-starchy chopped vegetables in your pet's diet can increase the vitamin and mineral levels, which may also help control blood sugar.
GlucoEnsure Dogs already have diabetes should receive treatments as prescribed by your vet or holistic vet. However, there are many precautions you as a pet owner can take to avoid your Schnauzer's development of diabetes. A few herbal remedies such as PetAlive's GlucoEnsure can safely and effectively support normal blood sugar levels in healthy dogs, maintain a healthy distribution of insulin in the bloodstream, and promote pancreatic and liver health.
Vanadium is a trace mineral your vet may recommend to your diabetic dog. The mineral is shown to improve the body's responsiveness to the insulin produced. If your Schnauzer is currently on synthetic insulin, you should not give him extra vanadium, unless instructed by your vet. On the other hand, you vet may recommend a lower dose of synthetic insulin, if you would like to give your dog vanadium.
Antioxidants like vitamin E and fish oils are believed to be useful in improving insulin response. Consult your vet about the appropriate dose that suits the specific needs of your diabetic dog.
Dogs respond to supplements and alternative treatments differently. Consult your vet before applying any of these remedies or making any dietary changes to your Schnauzer. Dogs known to have other medical conditions should only receive alternative treatments or supplements under the supervision of your vet. In any case, supplements should be introduced gradually and, preferably, only one new supplement at a time.