Treats for Diabetic Dogs

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I am always in search for diabetic friendly treats for my dog. I love her so much and think she deserves a treat once a while just like the rest of us.  Fortunately, my dog loves ice cubes so I often use that as a reward.  Any other suggestions for treats available commercially and/or homemade?

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  • Mercie Vega Sunday, 09 June 2013 07:38 posted by Mercie Vega

    Frozen green beans....

    Do you cook and then freeze them?

    My doggie was newly diagnosed :-(

    Thanks!

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  • Dawn McCoy Thursday, 06 June 2013 07:51 posted by Dawn McCoy

    My boy loves apples,how much of one and should it be peeled?

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  • Pat T Wednesday, 15 May 2013 06:09 posted by Pat T

    Hi Karen, It's funny, our dog loves ice cubes too and she loves green beans! We will sometimes add green beans to her food when she appears to be more hungry than normal (she's really a Hoover!!) She also likes plain wheat squares - she'll do tricks for those for sure! Recently we also found Zuke's mini Naturals. These are small round treats and they haven't seemed to affect her glucose numbers. Hope this helps, Pat T

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  • Dr Donna Spector Monday, 13 May 2013 13:39 posted by Dr Donna Spector

    Hi Margie--thanks for your question. I usually measure out the canned food with a teaspoon or tablespoon (depending on the size of your dog). I roll it into a small balls (like you would with cookie dough) and then flatten them onto a cookie sheet. I usually bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until desired texture is achieved. Make sure you wash your hands well before and after handling the dog food. Hope this helps. Dr. Donna Spector VCA Internal Medicine Consultant

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  • Margie Miller Wednesday, 17 April 2013 21:23 posted by Margie Miller

    Dr. Spector, you mentioned baking treats out of canned dog food. Can you tell me how to do that? Thanks.

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  • Billy Buckley Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:24 posted by Billy Buckley

    HI Karen, when my dog Harry was diagnosed with diabetes and I found that I could no longer give the treats he was getting, I looked on the internet for a safe substitute. I found where someone recommended green beans. After checking with his vet I gave him some frozen green beans and he loved them. Harry also loves ice cubes but I was always afraid he might break a tooth so I would only give him a small chip of ice. The frozen green beans solved both problems, that is his love of ice and a good diabetic treat. Haryy is crazy about his frozen green beans. I made the mistake of giving him some after his evening meal and now he demands his desert as soon as he eats at night.

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  • Dr Donna Spector Thursday, 15 November 2012 13:12 posted by Dr Donna Spector

    Hi Karen, thanks for your question. The problem with many commercial treats is they are filled with sugar, fat and salt. If you choose to give commercial treats, I recommend choosing those that are low calorie (less than 10-15 calories per treat), low fat and have recognizable, USA sourced ingredients. My treat preference is to give healthy veggie/fruit treats such as carrots, snap peas, apples, cucumber, etc. I also like to bake treats out of canned dog food. A few important treat tips for diabetics: 1)do not give more than 10% of their daily calories as treats and 2) give the same amount of treats at the same time every day for the best diabetic regulation. Hope this helps. Dr. Donna Spector-VCA Internal Medicine Consultant

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