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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our dog is diabetic and has a history of pancreas problems

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our dog is diabetic and has a history of pancreas problems he is eating science diet W/D canned food and dry lately he will not eat the W/D and we are trying to find something for him to eat to add calories so we can give him his insulin shot morning and evening we have boiled grnd beef and grnd chicken would this be ok to add to his canned food to intice him to eat and can dogs eat canned tuna in spring water that has been drained
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Roberta, there's nothing wrong with feeding beef, chicken, or tuna as long as Tuffy's daily caloric intake remains the same. If you increase his caloric intake, you'll need to increase his insulin dose and vice-versa. If you prefer to cook for Tuffy, here's a balanced home-cooked recipe for a diabetic:

chicken breast, without skin, cooked, 6 ounces

barley, pearled, cooked, 3 cups

beans, red kidney, canned, drained, 1 cup

broccoli, chopped, cooked, 1 cup

canola oil, 2 tbsp

salt substitute (potassium chloride), 1/2 tsp

bone meal powder, 2 1/2 tsp

salt, iodized (sodium chloride), 1 3/4 tsp

multivitamin & mineral tablet, kids complete, 1 each

zinc, 100 mg tablet, 1/2 tablet

Provides a total kilocalories as prepared of 1468 kcal, the daily requirement of 68 lb dog. Uneaten food can be refirgerated for 3 days or frozen indefinitely while watching for spoilage.

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