Many older dogs develop diabetes and feeding them can become very challenging, especially when they are insulin dependent and insulin shots require regular food consumption. As any parent of a fussy eater knows, getting your pet to eat at regular intervals can be quite challenging in and of itself. But feeding a fussy dog with diabetes who requires insulin shots can be down right frustrating.
Bandit recently was diagnosed with diabetes and our vet recommended that we consult with a pet nutritionist to create a diet specifically designed for a diabetic dog. We consulted with Dr. Remillard, a veterinary nutritional consultant and owner of Petdiets.com. For a fee, Dr. Remillard reviewed Bandit’s medical history and created a specialized diet just for him.
We knew the challenge, as is the challenge with any dietary change for almost any dog, is getting the dog to eat. As mentioned, even more important was getting Bandit to eat so that we could give him his insulin shots on a regular schedule.
As with most dogs, we introduced Bandit’s new diet slowly, but surprisingly, he took very easily to his homemade diet, especially because he got to eat his homemade meal from The Pet Plate.
Homemade diets consist of foods like rice, turkey, potatoes, cereal, etc. This mixture is definitely more appetizing to the pet when heated, but also, is messy because it is a wetter consistency than the dry food we had traditionally given him.
We don’t know what the long term prognosis for Bandit is, now that he is an insulin dependent diabetic. But one thing is certain, with his new homemade diet and The Pet Plate, he eats at regular intervals, gets his shot when he is supposed to, and is more than likely feeling much better.
If you have a dog with health issues, and you feel that switching to a homemade diet may be more beneficial to his long term health, then The Pet Plate is the perfect feeding dish to accompany the diet – not only do pets love eating from The Pet Plate, but the food can be heated in The Pet Plate and it can be washed in the dishwasher.