Diabetic dog treats are some of the best feeding material that anyone can give to their dogs because they are not only nutritious and tasty but also known for their health benefits.
But care should be taken not to pick any random diabetic dog treats instead you should follow certain guidelines for choosing the right one.
Most commercial dog treats that are available in the market are miss branded and also contain several substances that compromise the health condition of your canine in long run.
But don’t worry there are also certain trusted brands that you can surely opt in order to pick the right one and this will surely show positive impact on your dog suffering from diabetes.
So in this guide, we will broadly talk about the potential uses of dog treats and the key points you should keep in mind while getting one.
Diabetic Dog Treats – Are they Safe?
This is the first and foremost question that most people have and you should keep in mind that they are totally safe and must to have food for your dog due to its health condition.
But before buying diabetic dog treats you should look for the following ingredients:
- Low or no sugar content
- Low carbohydrates
- High fibre content
- Protein components like meat
- Minimum fat content
- Calcium and other essential minerals
Coming to the type of material, most people confuse between dry & wet types but you should keep in mind that it is primarily a dry dog food and make sure to get the one that is hard and crunchy for your canine because these kind of treats will be liked the most by canines.
Also hard substances take more time to get digested, this will make your dog feel less hungry so eventually reduce the demand for more food intake thereby helps in keeping the blood glucose levels under control.
Some people make & give their own homemade diabetic dog treats by adding all the components mentioned above but some people like you and me having no time will rather prefer to buy the prepared one.
Best Diabetic Dog Treats – Choice Guide
For simplification, we can divide the dog treats into three major categories:
- Commercial diabetic dog treats
- Natural diabetic dog treats
- Diabetic dog treat recipes
Now let’s talk about all the above 3 types one by one.
Natural diabetic dog treats – Safe & Healthy
The natural treats for diabetic dogs are usually made up of fruits, vegetables, meat and other protein & high-fibre rich substances.
If you ask me which are the best vegetables that can be feb to diabetic dogs, then I would recommend you to pick the ones that contain low sugar and high-fibre content.
Below is a list of some good low sugar and Fibre rich vegetables:
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Bell peppers (green or red)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Green beans
- Peas in the pod
- Acorn or Butternut Squash (needs to be cooked before feeding)
List of Fruits that contain low sugar & high fibre
- Honeydew melon
Fruits and vegetables can be used as a good dog food without much thinking but while choosing meat and other animal products, you must e very careful because most of these animal extracted foods contain high-fat content which will hamper your dog’s health condition.
So it should be skinned properly so as to remove all the excess unhealthy fats and only the right meat content is extracted.
Lamb is highly preferable but strictly no to beef and pork due to their high fat content which shows negative impact on your healthy dog. Some other good sources you can pick are:
- Hard boiled eggs
How to prepare natural treats for diabetic dogs
You can feed your dog with vegetables either in raw or cooked forms as they can be digested easily unlike meet and other complex food material.
But some foods should only be given in cooked form due to complex minerals & ingredients that it contains. For example vegetables such as pumpkin and turnip can be given either light cooked or raw form.
Most people have this assumption that dogs only eat cooked meat but you should note that dogs come under carnivores family and they can easily digest raw meat.
But it is not advised to give raw meat as it may contain some harmful substances and disease causing bacteria so make sure to get it properly cooked and then only fed to your dog.
So all you can do is bake it at required temperature and make them crispy and crunchy and this will surely be liked by your canine.
Commercial diabetic dog treats
If you have no time to prepare natural traits for your diabetic dog then you can go for commercial treats.
There are hundreds if not thousands of companies make and sell diabetic dog treats. But the question is which is the right one for you to pick.
Because some companies make attractive covers but in reality they contain very poor quality material.
So I strongly recommend you to go through the ingredients section carefully and get to know whether the specific brand meets the requirement of your dog’s nutrition.
As your dog already suffering from diabetes, you should strictly avoid the treats that contain any high-sugar content such as high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, sucrose.
A healthy choice include those treats that are made up of whole grains such as oats, brown rice and barley are very good for your canine.
There is enough scientific evidence to prove that brewers yeast have the ability to regulate blood sugar levels in human beings. You should keep in mind that it is not ideal for dogs but still using this as an ingredient can be beneficial to check the diabetes and make it stay under control.