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Hypoglycemia Diet for Dogs

By Tammy Quinn Mckillip | Updated September 26, 2017

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Because hypoglycemia causes an unsafe drop in blood sugar, it is important to recognize and treat its underlying cause as soon as symptoms appear. If your veterinarian has diagnosed your dog or puppy with the disease, a combination of diet and medication may be required to regulate his condition. Here are a few nutrition guidelines to follow when planning meals for your hypoglycemic dog.

Frequency

Feed hypoglycemic dogs several (4 to 6) small meals over the course of a day in order to help regulate insulin absorption.

Protein

Diets that are high in protein will help provide hypoglycemic dogs with the necessary energy without overloading their pancreas.

Fats

Hypoglycemic dogs should eat a diet that is high in Omega-3 and other healthy fats.

Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates (starches) should be an important part of a hypoglycemic dog's diet, but simple carbohydrates (sugars) should be limited.

Variety

In order to provide the most complete nutrition to your hypoglycemic dog, be sure to feed him a combination of canned and dry foods throughout the day.

Dextrose

Provide your hypoglycemic dog with supplemental dextrose by rubbing Karo Syrup on his gums daily.

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