What’s the Best Diet for My Dog with Diabetes?

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Answered by Dr. Christina Chambreau

Your dog is drinking a lot and peeing a lot, so you go to the veterinarian and find out your dog has diabetes. Now you’re wondering, “Is there a better food to be feeding him than this processed food, this canned and dry food?” The very best food for your dog with diabetes is a fresh-made diet. Conventional treatment is a high-fiber, low-fat diet that is usually commercially made. Essentially, just keep your dog’s diet low carb and feed a mostly meat diet, which is the normal natural diet for dogs (carnivores). 

Fresh Foods For A Healthy Pancreas

There are a couple of foods that Dr. Basko suggests in his book for a healthy pancreas that will help treat diabetes. 

Healthy pancreas foods include:

  • Oyster Mushrooms
  • Dandelion Root, dandelions are so wonderful
  • Sprouts of any sort, Clover sprouts specifically
  • Pumpkin
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg

Those are some of the foods you could be adding into your dog’s fresh, raw or cooked meat diet.

Other Holistic Approaches

While conventional treatment is insulin, there are many different holistic approaches that can help with diabetes. Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, homeopathy, and western herbs can all possibly help to prevent the need for insulin or at least minimize the use of insulin so it doesn’t have to keep going up and up and up, and your dog can stay healthy and balanced. 

I’m Dr. Christina Chambreau, licensed veterinarian on the faculty of Holistic Actions!.

Suggested Treatments: 

  • Fresh diet with Dark Leafy greens (especially Dandelion), Berries,Oyster mushrooms
  • Insulin
  • Holistic – homeopathy, Chinese medicine

Related Symptoms: 

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Weight loss

DISCLAIMER: Holistic Actions! does not provide advice on certified medical treatments. Content is intended for informational purposes only and to equip you with the tools needed for Holistic Medical Decision Making (HMDM). It is not a substitute for clinical assessment, diagnosis, or treatment. Never use content found on the Holistic Actions! website as the basis for ignoring advice from your veterinarian to seek treatment. If you think you may have a veterinary emergency, please call your vet or an animal hospital immediately.


Dr. Christina

Christina Chambreau, DVM, is an internationally known homeopathic veterinarian and associate editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, she’s written several books on animal healthcare. 

After opening her own homeopathy veterinary practice in 1983, she founded the Academy Of Veterinary Homeopathy and was on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy Summer School for ten years.

Dr. Christina is also an integrative medicine adjunct faculty liaison for the Maryland Veterinary Technician Program and lectures on a wide array of topics including integrating holistic options into veterinary practices, as well as guidance on how to choose the best approaches to heal animals and sustainability.

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