I really don't know what we are going to do if Max quits eating this w/d dog food. He has to eat to have his insulin shot and this morning is the first time he refused. I finally got alittle down him but I don't know what the answer is if he stops. I was afraid this would happen because I know he gets tired of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. The vet just expects you to do it. STRESS!!!!!!! I don't want to mess his blood sugar up, so help!!!!!!!
I wonder if a food like Avoderm would work for him? It is specifically designed for dogs with allergies. If there is a natural dog food store in your area, they may be able to help you to choose what food would be best for him with his diabetes. There is one here called Red Bandanna, and they are very knowledgable there about what is in each food, what conditions require higher or lower protein, etc.
You can also try soaking his food in warm water. Sometimes that helps.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 3/22/2005 1:39:53 PM*** Reason: asdf
Ask your vet about g/d. Its also a Science Diet prescription food. It stands for geriatric diet. At my clinic we had a couple of diabetics who were on this diet rather than the w/d. It wouldn't hurt to ask, and your dog might like it better. W/D and G/d also come in canned foods, so if you're not feeding him the canned variety you might try that also. You might also ask your vet if purina makes a special diet for diabetic dogs. I know they make if for cats, its called Purina DM. I can't recall if they make one for dogs though.
They probably do have the g/d food. He does eat canned. Tonite I mixed alittle Natures Recipe (vegetarian kind) in his w/d. He eat it right up thank goodness. I can't see what that would hurt. The vet told me to leave out kibbles just in case he needed it. So, I can't see where this N. R. would hurt.
Many years ago I had a mixed breed that turned out to have diabetes. I was given some food by the veterinarian to feed him. He did not like it and refused to eat it. My vet told me it is very important that they eat when giving them insulin injections. We finally had to put him back on the food he was eating prior to his diabetes and regulate him on that food.