This article will guide you through the process of caring for a diabetic dog using both natural and traditional methods.

But first, lets talk about how Diabetes affects our canine friends.  The disease is caused by either a lack of insulin or an insufficient response to the hormone.

In a dog’s typical digestive process, the system breaks food down into components like glucose.

Those components are carried to cells by pancreas-secreted insulin. When a dog doesn’t produce enough insulin or is unable to use it properly, glucose has nowhere to go. This elevates blood sugar levels, resulting in hyperglycemia and a number of associated health complications.

The good news is that canine diabetes is adaptable; many diabetic dogs lead long hearty lives.

Natural Alternatives and Care for Canine Diabetes

We’ve put together the best options for your diabetic dog with regards to diet and supplements.  Please be sure to read everything carefully.

Product NameDescriptionImage
Paradigm Dehydrated Dog FoodThis is in our opinion the best dog food for dogs with diabetes if you're looking to purchase a commercial dog food. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of diabetic dogs. But, you have to add protein. This is a base food. It's also an EXCELLENT CHOICE for dogs with Cancer, Liver, Kidney and Heart Disease. Simply add HOT FILTERED water and allow to sit for 8 minutes.

Add protein and oil. We recommend adding coconut oil since it is very low on the glycemic index.

Learn more here.

*Using both Paradigm and the recipes in the cook book below will provide your diabetic dog with change which is also very important. Dogs are NOT meant to live on the same foods day in and day out.
diabetic dog food

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Home Cooking for Sick DogsOne of the best ways to manage your diabetic dog's nutritional needs is to take control and cook your dog's meals yourself.

Although there are no dedicated recipes for diabetes in the cookbook, ANY of the recipes in the book can be used by simply eliminating all grain sources.

Learn more about the cookbook here.
cookbook for diabetic dog
Ocu Glo Vision Supplement Since diabetic dogs often end up with serious eye problems, Ocu Glo is the perfect addition to your diabetic dog's treatment plan for the eyes.

It includes the 12 necessary antioxidants for vision health and protects vital cells and eye structure.

Even if your dog doesn't have a sugar imbalance and has bad eyes, this is the supplement you want.


Here's a testimonial from one of our readers:

"Hi Janie, Carmen informed me that she bought the Ocu Glo cataract drops you recommended for her dog Chloe and Chloe’s eyesight has improved a lot! Thank you for all of your information and help in all respects.

I sincerely appreciate everything.

Take care. ~Ann"

Here's even more testimonials.
vision supplement for diabetic dogs
VetiOnx - DIAIONXThis is an excellent supplement that is odorless and tasteless and can be used in addition to insulin. You simply add it to your dog's water.

Works very well to eliminate the symptoms associated with blood sugar imbalance.

Learn more.
diabetic tonic for dogs
Primalix Blood Sugar BalanceThis is an excellent natural herbal alternative meant to REPLACE insulin injections.

These functional food drops are meant to take the place of insulin, but should NOT be used with insulin at full dosage.

Read ALL the manufacturer's information BELOW about how to use this product if your dog is already on insulin and how to transition over to the drops.

It's an easier process if your dog was just diagnosed and not on insulin yet, and you want an alternative. Then you can simply start the drops according to the instructions.

Learn more about Primalix Blood Sugar Balance.
Herbal Blood Sugar Balance formula for dogs

Please Read Carefully About How to Use Primalix Food Drops as a Replacement for Insulin

You CANNOT give insulin injections and Primalix Blood Sugar Balance at full dosage together.

How to Start Dogs on Primalix That are Not Taking Insulin Injections

For dogs that were just diagnosed and have not been on insulin injections, you can follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s label on how to use the product right away.

How to Transition a Dog from Insulin Injections to Primalix

For those dogs that have been taking insulin injections for awhile, the manufacturer states that you have to switch the dog over slowly while routinely testing your dog’s glucose levels.  Here’s the process the manufacturer recommends in order to transition a dog from insulin injections to Blood Sugar Balance Food Drops:

Directions from the manufacturer of Primalix Blood Sugar Balance:

“There are two ways to monitor a dog’s transition from insulin to Primalix Blood Sugar Balance.

The first method (preferred) is through frequent veterinary testing and calibration of bloodsugar levels as medicines are adjusted.

If this is not possible, the other method is through monitoring, observation and use of home insulin test strips. Even then it’s mostly guesswork and knowing your dog’s usual behavior. The reason we are always repeating that each dog is different in the way medicine affects them is because it’s true.

Watch your dog for signs of both hypo- and hyperglycemia. An owner can increase blood sugar quickly by feeding any kind of sugar. Gymnema Sylvestre can counteract sugar‘s action on the pancreas and lower BS levels. Give 100mg per 10 lbs. up to four times in a day, then stop immediately when symptoms stop. Even if behavioral changes are observed, the bigger problem is in the interpretation of these changes and avoiding over correcting. This brings us back to the vet. Some professional help should be considered even if it’s just testing before, once during the transition, and after. 

Basically if one wants to transition over to a holistic approach they would slowly decrease the insulin as they start to introduce the Primalix Blood Sugar Balance while monitoring and frequent testing.”

Don’t Forget to Support the Pancreas

If you have a diabetic dog, it’s critical that you support his/her pancreas as well.  When the pancreas suffers from chronic inflammation, it’s said that the cells that produce insulin can become damaged.  In people, type 2 diabetes and pancreatitis include some of the same risk factors and have a higher risk of developing acute pancreatitis.  Unfortunately, dogs don’t seem to be much different, based upon the stories we hear from our readers.

One excellent way to naturally support your dog’s pancreas is to include healthy, organic pancreas gland into your dog’s diet.  Make sure it’s organic. The last thing you want to do for your dog is to include diseased or unhealthy pancreas glandular in supplemental form.

We recommend Ancestral brand which is organic and comes from grass fed animals. View it here

Directions for feeding Ancestral Pancreas Glandular 500mg capsules: 1/2 capsule for every 20 pounds daily.

Additional Supporting Products for Your Diabetic Dog

Daily Multi  includes overall support for your dog’s health and also includes a maintenance dosage of pancreas gland.  However, additional amounts are recommended for your dogs with blood sugar imbalances.

BioPreparation Wholefood Supplement includes the best form of algae on the planet and has been studied for decades.  It offers tremendous support for both sick people and animals including those with diabetes.

General Information

There are two types of diabetes that affect both people and dogs: Type I and Type II.

Type I diabetes refers to the lack of overall insulin production and is the most common form of the disease. This happens because the pancreas fails to secrete sufficient levels of the stuff. Dogs with Type I diabetes, as you may have guessed, need insulin.

Type II diabetes is more common in our feline friends and is a lack of “normal” reaction to insulin the body is already producing.


There are a number of symptoms related to the disease. Remember, though, that diabetes is identified through blood tests, a full medical examination and a urinalysis. Do not try to diagnose your own dog. If you’re contemplating using natural products for your diabetic dog, you should still see your dog’s vet on a regular basis to monitor the disease!

Among the symptoms of diabetes in dogs are:

  • Appetite changes
  • Disproportionate thirst or a surge in consumption of water
  • Loss of weight
  • Increased levels of urination
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Forming of cataracts or attendant vision difficulties
  • Skin infections
  • Sweet-smelling or “fruity” breath
  • Sticky urine

Causes and Considerations

The exact cause of diabetes in dogs is unknown. There are a number of contributing factors, including obesity and genetics, that play a role in how and if the disease develops. Protein deposits are also considerations and pancreatitis leads to some diabetes cases.

Obese and female dogs are most prone to developing diabetes, but the onset is generally later in life around six to nine years of age or so. Some breeds, like Australian terriers and miniature schnauzers, run larger risks. Poodles, dachshunds, keeshonds and Samoyeds also are among dogs impacted most.

There are also some cases of juvenile diabetes, mostly affecting golden retrievers and keeshonds.

Additional Recommendations for Using Traditional Insulin

Treating diabetes is a matter of collaborating with your veterinarian to determine your dog’s blood sugar levels.  However, don’t assume that injections and prescriptions diets are the only option for your dog.  Your vet will push these diets and lead you to believe that you have no other alternative, but, it’s in your dog’s best interest that you try natural forms first!  There is no other way to say this, except that prescription diets are truly disgusting.  Your dog has better options.

In most cases, insulin is essential to normalize glucose levels. Your veterinarian will administer an individually-designed treatment system for your dog based on his or her weight and you’ll be able to deliver insulin injections at home, should this be the course of action you decide to take. You should also be able to perform regular glucose checks at home.

When you are administering insulin, make sure that you feed your dog regular meals in conjunction with medical treatment and that you stick to a timetable.

This will allow nutrients to correspond with peak insulin levels, reducing the chances of sugar-swings. A low carb, high protein diet is necessary for dogs with diabetes.  Also, avoid foods and dog treats that are high in glucose.

You also want to include a regular exercise program and a nutritional program you can follow. Once again, this is a matter of cooperating not only with your vet but with your dog.

IMPORTANT: This article is meant to open your eyes to the natural, healthier options available to you as a dog owner vs traditional treatment.  However, it is not meant to replace the advice of your dog’s vet. 

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  • Shayne

    Shayne,,,hiya I wounded if you can put me in the right direction, I have a female chocolate Labrador age nearly 12. I give e her Propalin syrup twice a day ,,also Prednicare tablets 3 every second day and Paracetamol twice a day ,now I have been told she has Diabetes ,I can’t afford the over inflated vets bills ,she has also lost four kg in two months. What would you suggest ? Many thanks

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