After reading around on other sites about diabetic dogs, I just can’t help but feel that Bender’s Hill’s Science Diet W/D food isn’t the best for him. It is still processed food.
Here’s what’s in it.
Ground Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose 17.1% (source of fiber), Chicken by-product Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Soybean Meal, Iron Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, L-Lysine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, L-Carnitine, L-Tryptophan, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols & Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.
I’ve switched Bender over to 1 cup of W/D. 1 1/2 cups of Chicken, carrots, green beans, brown rice, olive oil. And every meal I pour 1 cup of warm water into his food. He gets that twice a day. I also give him 1/2 an apple every other day or so, when ever I eat an apple.
I cook the chicken on a George Foreman Grill to get ride of the fat. Then wash the chicken off in warm water. For every 1-1 1/2 cups of chicken I cook up 1 cup of brown rice. 1/2 cup of frozen green beans, thawed. 1/2 cup of fresh carrots. And 1/2 table spoon of olive oil. A few stalks of Asparagus. 1/3 cup of oats. 1 cooked egg. Throw it all in a food processor and cut it up into small bits.
And I’ll be getting Pet Tab vitamins for Bender too.
I use fresh boneless skinless chicken. I tried the frozen stuff but it has additives and it was about the same price as the fresh chicken.
What else can you use? Asparagus, lima beans, broccoli, cauliflower. Small amount of oats. Apples, peaches, pears. Just remove the seeds. Fruit seeds contain cyanide.
What not to use? Onions, Garlic, Tomato, Corn. Grapes. Read more here.
Bender loves his new food. And he seems to be a bite more spunky. He is getting the same amount of insulin for now. But I’m testing his sugar levels every now and then to make sure every thing is ok. I’ll get back to you with the results. And as always, consult your vet before making changes.