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What is the best over the counter dog food for diabetic dogs?


  1. Tracey P says:

    Main Ingredients for Science Diet Light

    Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken Liver Flavor, Animal Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Soybean Mill Run, ….’
    Main Ingredients for Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat-Diabetic-Gastrointestinal (same manufacturer as Science Diet)
    Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken by-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Meal,

    He’s right they are close. Personally I’m not impressed with either. Diabetic dogs need more fiber and high quality protein. These have some fiber (whole grain corn, beet pulp, mill run), but the meat is by-product (which can be mostly feathers, beaks, *censored*, bones).

    The best over-the-counter foods will have some meat product listed as the 1st or 2nd ingredient and it will be identifiable (like "chicken" or "beef"). It will also have high fiber ingredients: anything with "whole grain", oats, most vegetables. They don’t have to be prescription dog food.

    OR really consider adding to the dry food with some home-cooked, healthy meals (not table scraps!) that are high in protein and fiber, low in fat.

  2. cheos says:

    Try Evo or another grain free food found in better pet stores or on line. Grains convert to carbohydrates that dogs don’t need, and don’t metabolize so well. It’s very protien packed, so I was able to reduce the amount they ate enough to make up for the added cost. They look great and love thier food.

  3. Ariane deR says:

    Science Diet light is super high carb. I know one way of thinking for diabetic dogs is a high fiber diet.which = carbs. But you may want to go with a food lower in carbs that is more fitting with a dog being a carnivore Like Merrick makes some good low glycemic dog food.
    (this pet diabetes wiki is a good source for info. )

    There’s also a K9Diabetes forum where you can ask questions

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