Over the last 10 years the rate of diabetes in dogs has grown by 69%. Our COAST+RANGE nutrition experts believe there are several factors driving the increase including:
- Diets that contain too many carbohydrates (many premium dog foods are loaded with carbs)
- Lack of exercise
Also, according to PetMD, older dogs that have been exposed to the risk factors for diabetes are at a higher risk, as well as certain breeds of dogs like: Australian terriers, standard and miniature schnauzers, dachshunds, poodles, keeshonds and samoyeds.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Canine diabetes is an expensive and difficult disease to manage. If not managed properly, it can affect the health and lifespan of the dog. To reduce the risk of diabetes, we recommend the following:
- Feed a food high in quality animal protein and low in carbohydrates
- Give your dog lots of exercise
- Ensure your dog always has access to fresh and filtered water
- Banfield Veterinary, State of Pet Health Report 2015
- PetMD: https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/diabetes-dogs-what-you-need-know