For Bender I’ve always bought good food. I use to feed him Hill’s Science Diet Adult Original Food. When I found out he had diabetes I still continued to feed him that food for a while. It hasn’t been until recently, Summer of 2009 that I switched over to Hill’s Science Diet W/D. It costs me about $63 for a 30lbs bag.
I switched because Bender’s blood sugar was getting out of control. It was too the point where he was spiking to 500+. But like I said in my other post, Bender’s diabetes isn’t normal. There is some thing else affecting him that we have yet to figure out. So because of this there was no pattern to Bender’s blood sugar. Some days it would go from normal which is 150 to 400-500+. But then other days, it would be 150 to 250.
It wasn’t till recently that the fluctuations became worse and I had to majorly up his insulin. I switched Bender to Hill’s Science Diet W/D.
His blood sugar has improved. Not to the point that I would have liked but what ever issue he has on top of his diabetes, my vet thinks is the cause.
On top of the W/D food I really don’t give Bender many treats. He will get maybe a biscuit a day if that, I usually give him 1/4 or 1/2. No people food. A rawhide chew every now and then. Just W/D. Same amount, twice a day.
But why? To make your dog happy and to keep their diabetes manageable and under control, its best not to change their food. If you are constantly giving your dog random food, without constant testing, its difficult to know how the food is affecting their blood sugar. And constant testing gets expensive and not the best for the dog.
So like every thing check with you vet to see which food is best for your dog.
Let me know what food you are feeding your dog.
I am currently feeding Blue Buffalo Wilderness Healthy Weight. It’s a great low-fat, grain free diet. It also has a decent amount of fiber in it, although I add a little extra. On top of that, I add about a teaspoon of Wellness ninety-five percent Chicken or Turkey canned. It is great because it is also grain free and has limited ingredients. Harrison, my 7 year old Shih Tzu, has done very well on these.
Jennifer, since this post I have switched Bender over to Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight too. So far it’s been a much better and cheaper food than W/D.