Over the years I have witnessed the clearing up of many dis-eases in the body through the use of natural foods and supplements. In my 15 years of experience working with ‘end of the line’ health related issues, with animals of all shapes and sizes, I lean more towards a holistic approach that takes into account: nutrition, energy surrounding the being, emotions, living environment and the elimination of potential sources of stress or aggravation. All play a crucial role.
In the case of diabetes this is no exception.
So what I would like to do is provide you with insights and ideas for preventative measures. In another article I will address when your pet has been diagnosed.
Let’s begin by taking a look from a physiological perspective how Diabetes can and often does come into existence.
Physiology of Diabetes – explained in my very simplistic terms.
The pancreas is in charge of secreting the hormones responsible for sugar regulation in the body. When there is too much or too little sugar in the blood stream the brain sends a message to the pancreas to secrete insulin to regulate it. After many years of the pancreas having to come in and perform this regulation over and over to compensate for the wild swings in blood sugar as a result of the diets we eat it begins to get tired and shut down. As it slows down from overuse there then becomes more of a fluctuation in insulin highs and lows without its assistance and then condition known as Diabetes occurs. And eventually this can lead to severe kidney disease.
Please note that this is not a dis-ease that occurs over night, while the symptoms can seem to appear out of nowhere the dis-ease itself has been occurring for years before these symptoms show up. It is a progressive dis-ease that has many preventative steps that can be taken well in advance of it occurring. Let’s now take a look at those steps.
The #1 contributing factor in my opinion to the condition known as Diabetes is Diet. How many of you have been told that the best diet for your pup or dog is a dry diet that you keep them on for their entire lives?
Unfortunately, its one of the most unnatural ways to feed a dog or cat. Our dogs and cats are 1½% physiologically different than their wild counterparts. In the wild a wild dog (or wolf) would eat a diet that contain 40% raw protein, 70-80% moisture, 30% raw fat, 10-15% pre-digested grains and an assortment of organs, tendons, blood, plasma, enzymes and bones.
Compare this to an all dry diet, coming out of a bag that sits around for a month in a closet and you tell me – “Where’s The Beef?”. While it may be very convenient for us to feed our dogs and cats this way, it can also be quite damaging to them. In a dry bag of food there is 10-12% moisture, no live food, no live enzymes, no real raw fat, no predigested grains, no real bones, and no organ meats. But there are in many a lot of preservatives, fillers, additives, gluten and things that are not in our dogs or cats best interest to consume on an everyday basis.
The good news is there are a lot of makers of natural dry foods on the market these days so the choices are vastly improving, however, a dry diet alone is not your answer. I tend to compare a dry bag of dog food to a human bag of corn or potato chips. This would be a heavy carbohydrate diet. Would you be willing to eat this everyday and think that you would be healthy? Dogs are carnivores and omnivores – where in the wild would you see a wolf eating kibble? Although we have been convinced by great advertising that what’s in the bag is so healthy for our dogs, in the long run it could be what’s making them so sick.
When I recommend to my clients to begin adding in more canned, raw or natural food and I see a dramatic improvement in coat shine, eye sparkle, decrease in pain and movement from arthritis and an overall improvement of assimilation and absorption of their food to the point that the dog is acting like a puppy again, I don’t need science to validate what that dog knows – it’s getting the proper nutrition and feels good.
Your dog was designed to burn protein and fat very efficiently. It was not designed to digest carbohydrates well. Carbohydrates are turned into sugar. Excess sugar leads to diabetes. Simple. So what I suggest are some very simple changes in your pet’s diet that can have a profound effect.
Always start by making one change at a time and go slow to observe your dog or cat to see the changes taking place in their bodies so you can tell what is working and what is not.
- Diet – Feed as much natural, uncooked foods as possible
This can be cooked, canned or raw – it will depend on your comfort level with the food. It should include a clean protein source, fresh veggies and clean water.
An excellent book to work from is The Whole Pet Diet- 8 Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats by Andi Brown
Our bodies and our animal’s bodies were designed to move. Movement keeps the fluids inside flowing. It keeps our metabolism in balance, secretes many feel good hormones and regulates our weight.
Our pooches need daily exercise to stay healthy. Like the old adage: “Move it or lose it”. Make sure your pet gets at least a 20-30 minute walk a day, besides it will be good for you too.
Check out: Operation Fitness – Healthy Pet Nation
And if you are resisting taking your dog on long walks because they walk you, check out: Walk In Sync and teach your dog how to walk in sync with you on lead in just minutes.
While we have repeatedly been told that vaccinations are a necessity every year I will tell you, I disagree. Every time your dog gets vaccinated their immune system is being compromised to deal with something that has already been injected into their system. So why do it again? I have raised several dogs and horses now that have had only one set of vaccinations and I see a veterinarian less than anyone I know.
If your dog is over the age of 3 you may want to consider not vaccinating. Also, if your dog has diabetes or any other immune related dis-ease I would not vaccinate again. If your dog is ill, do not subject their already compromised immune systems to additional hits with vaccines. Additionally, indoor cat owners may want to investigate Dr. Dodd’s vaccine protocol for yearly shots as it seems ridiculous to vaccinate an indoor cat who has no contact with other animals.
One of the most well respected and well researched Dr.’s on this subject is Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM. Please search and see her site and also see her Vaccine Protocol Schedule Dr. Dodds has the experience and has done the research.
There is hope for the diabetic dog or cat.
Take heart, research all you can on alternative treatments and read the research from Veterinarians who have stepped out of the box knowing that there are better ways to manage and treat this dis-ease.