Homemade Diets for Diabetic Dogs & How The Pet Plate Helps

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.


Fussy Dogs Rejoice

It’s the holidays and we’d like to thank all of our Pet Plate fans for a wonderful year. We are so happy to be able to provide fussy dogs around the country with an alternative that satisfies their finicky palates. Changing food can be stressful for pets, but The Pet Plate offers an alternative to this drastic tactic. Simply switching your pets feeding dish can make a tremendous difference.

Don’t take our word for it, read reviews from some of our customers to see for yourself just why people are raving about The Pet Plate – the World’s Best Feeding Solution for Finicky Pets.

The Debate to Elevate the Plate

Let’s face it, pets are fussy. Some are so fussy, they refuse to eat. This is not only frustrating to pet owners but it also jeopardizes our pet’s health. Some people will try anything to get their pet to eat. The latest trend is with elevating the pet dish to, as some argue, make feeding more comfortable for the pet. This solution may be especially helpful for larger pets who may suffer from arthritis or back problems or bloat.

One reason an elevated plate works for some pets is the elevated dish puts less strain on the pet’s back or shoulders so when they are eating, they may appear to be in a more natural position. Others are against elevated plates and some research indicates that raised bowls actually do more harm than good. For instance, research suggests that elevated bowls contribute to bloat. Others agree that what is most natural for a pet is eating off the ground because that’s what animals in the wild do.

Whichever side of the fence you are on, one thing is certain – pet’s have specific preferences about how they eat. Some prefer eating from a traditional bowl, some prefer eating from elevated dishes, and others prefer eating off the floor. It is our opinion that finicky pets – those that turn their nose up when their food is presented, have stronger opinions about meal time than other pets.

The Pet Plate solves common feeding problems because it works in tandem with both the floor position or the elevated position. For us, the choice to elevate depends solely on the pet’s preferences. And as pet owners, we’ll do whatever it takes to help our pet’s eat successfully and happily.

Water: Your Pet’s Most Vital Nutrient

During summer months, animals, like people, are generally thirstier due to warmer weather. It is important that your pet drink as much water as they feel necessary. Keeping your pet’s water bowl full with clean, cool water can provide refreshment as well as vital nutrients. According to most veterinarians, a pet’s water dish should be:

  • cleaned twice per day
  • refilled with cool water (and a few ice cubes)
  • large enough to quench your pet’s thirst throughout the day
  • accessible even if your pet is outside or traveling

Don’t ever try to separate your pet from his water dish and always check the bowl to be sure it has plenty of clean water. If you notice any film in the bowl, wash it immediately. Your pet’s bowl should be as clean as your drinkware.

The Pet Plate Water Bowl is an oversized water bowl that can hold up to 18 ounces of liquid. It is larger than most water bowls on the market, but low enough to keep your pet’s sight lines visible while drinking.

Looking for an oversized water bowl for your pet? Try The Pet Plate Water Bowl.

The Pet Plate Water Bowl

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Reconsider Switching your Pet’s Food

A leading cause of animal stress is caused by dietary upset due to changing a pet’s food. Many pet owners switch foods because their pet won’t eat or because they believe their pet does not like the food that is presented. Often times, that is not the case. Most pets are not that fussy about what food they eat, they are fussy about how they are fed.

Pets are domesticated wild animals who instinctively prefer eating off the ground. But many pet owners use a round bowl with high sides to feed their pets. A bowl is counter-intuitive to a pet’s natural instincts. Pets like to see what is around them when they are eating; they prefer to have a sense of their environment while they eat. Cats even encounter whisker stress when they eat from a bowl.

This can be avoided if the proper feeding dish is used. The Pet Plate is a flat dish with sides that are high enough to keep the food in the plate, but low enough for pets to see out while they are eating. It is also low enough to prevent whisker stress in cats.

The Pet Plate Low Profile Feeding Dish

If you have a pet who is not eating, and you’ve ruled out any health issues with your vet, then before you change their food and disrupt their gastrointestinal system, consider switching their feeding dish. It may just be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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Web MD Recommends Changing Your Pet’s Feeding System

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Web MD, a trusted source of medical and pet health information, recommends changing a pet’s feeding system as a solution to pet feeding issues. According to the article entitled “Why Your Dog Won’t Eat: Causes & Solutions” it can be very distressing when a pet won’t eat. In the article, Web MD recommends seeking veterinary care to first rule out any medical issues with your pet. They also list a number of potential causes, aside from illness, that could cause the pet to not eat.

Web MD lists some solutions to help you deal with your pet not eating. In the article, Web MD recommends the following:

  • Cutting back on treats
  • Feeding your pet on a regular schedule, usually at least twice a day
  • Taking your dog for a walk before mealtime
  • Trying a different kind of food, such as canned food if you normally feed your dog dry food
  • Changing your dog’s feeding situation. If you normally feed your pet with other animals, try feeding him alone. Or try using different bowls or plates at different heights to see what your dog prefers. (You might even put a few pieces of food on the floor next to the feeding dish.)

To read the full article, click here.

Common Reasons Why Your Pet Won’t Eat

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We’ve read through many articles on why pets won’t eat, especially when our dog Bandit was not eating. Here are some of the common reasons why pets won’t eat.

  • Gastrointestinal Upset
  • Behavior Problems
  • Change in Routine
  • Picky Eater
  • Senior Pets
  • Illness
  • Recent Vaccination
  • Travel

One thing is certain, if your pet won’t eat, they should be checked by your vet to rule out any serious medical issues. If your pet receives a clean bill of health, but they still won’t eat even after you try taking the food dish away after 15 minutes, not feeding treats, etc. then you absolutely must consider the feeding system as an issue.

Believe it or not, there are many animals out there that do not like eating out of a traditional food bowl. From what we’ve observed with our dog, he hates eating from a bowl. Yes, will he eat from a bowl if he is hungry enough, sure. But he won’t eat consistently and he won’t be happy about it.

Traditional food bowls aren’t good for some pets because:

  • Sides are too high and they can’t see what’s around them
  • Tags hit the rim and scare the animal
  • They prefer eating off the ground

If your pet is scoffing at his food, don’t assume it is the food itself. The cause may be something that you’ve never considered – his feeding system.

Think you aren’t alone when it comes to feeding issues.

Here are some articles, along with hundreds of comments, about reasons why animals won’t eat and the stress their owners face as a result.




No More Paper Plates for Fido

Let’s face it, frustrated owners who have finicky pets often resort to feeding their dog or cat from a paper plate. Paper plates most closely resemble feeding off the ground, which many dogs and cats actually prefer. Until now that is. The Pet Plate is a revolutionary pet feeding system designed for finicky furry friends. Remove unsightly paper plates that move all around the floor and look terrible. A porcelain white, flat plate (with sides) from The Pet Plate will complement your kitchen decor and stay put when your furry friend eats from it. Order the complete feeding system to add the matching water bowl to your set.

Say “no” to feeding your finicky furry friend from a paper plate. Say “yes” to The Pet Plate.

Don’t Switch His Food

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Feeding issues with pets can be frustrating and upsetting. When an animal refuses to eat, it can be challenging and worrying for parents because they know that a pet needs to eat to survive. When our dog, Bandit refused to eat, we thought he was not happy with his food. For many years we would struggle with his feeding and he would never eat ravenously. He would always just pick at his food and make a mess. For a medium sized dog – he weighs 21 pounds, we knew he should be eating more than he did.

Frustrated by his eating habits, we switched his food many times over the years. Unfortunately, he never seemed to enjoy eating. He loved treats and eating off the floor, but he never ever liked to eat out of his bowl. We were finally at a point where we thought his health might be in jeopardy. We took him to the vet and the vet said he would eat when he is hungry enough and not to do anything differently. Unfortunately, Bandit developed kidney stones and needed surgery to remove them. After surgery, the vet recommended that we feed Bandit a special urinary health diet. This meant changing his food again.

We were so frustrated and worried that he wouldn’t eat, we started putting his food right on the floor. We felt it was unsanitary but it was the only way he would eat his new food. For a while we used a paper plate, but it moved all over the floor and looked terrible with our decor. Eventually, we used plastic lid from a cookie tin. Bandit seemed to like eating from the lid and it was more sanitary than eating off the floor.

We had the idea to develop a dish that closely resembled eating off the floor. The Pet Plate was born and Bandit has had a sanitary, visually appealing feeding system that he is finally happy with.

Photo courtesy of DogKnobit.

Help! My Pet Won’t Eat

Have you ever experienced a time when your pet won’t eat. It is extremely worrisome and frustrating when you cannot figure out why a beloved pet stops eating. For our dog, Bandit, we spent many years trying to figure out why he wouldn’t eat. He would not eat for a few days, then eat, then just pick at his food. We’d add treats or cheese to his food, but he just would not consistently eat.

Bandit is a medium sized dog who weighs about 20 pounds. But we’ve had smaller dogs over the years who were finicky eaters too. We always chalked it up to the type of food they were eating and food manufacturers preyed on this notion. We bought and tried food after food for Bandit but he was never that ravenous dog who just devoured his meals.

Many of his meals were spent barking at his dish. The only way we could get him to eat was to dump his food on the floor – GROSS!

Eating off the floor is unsanitary and food goes everywhere. It just wasn’t practical to put his food on the floor. We tried paper plates, tart pans, and other contraptions and we even tried switching his food. It wasn’t until we tried something completely unique and tested it over several months that we learned what would finally entice Bandit to eat.