Glucosamine NOT Safe for Diabetic Dogs?

Glucosamine is a natural supplement that can be given to dogs with arthritis symptoms or to older dogs as preventative joint support.

Glucosamine is generally safe for use in dogs but with the following exceptions as stated by the Natural Dog Health Remedies:

  • Dogs with diabetes: Diabetic dogs or dogs who are at risk for diabetes should not take glucosamine supplements because glucosamine is sugar-based.
  • Dogs with bleeding problems: Dogs whose blood cannot clot properly should not use glucosamine without the supervision of a veterinarian because this supplement may increase blood clotting time in dogs.

I did some research on this topic but there seems to be a range of opinion for and against using glucosamine.  More information to help in your decision, can be found in this article by the Natural Dog Health Remedies website.

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Diabetic Dog Treat Sale

Bones and Bones - NEW   Diabetic Dog Bakery has been servicing diabetic and healthy dogs for over 10 years and we are celebrating Memorial Day with 25% off Bones & Bones diabetic-friendly and healthy dog treats. They are sold 30 treats per bag that are made fresh and homemade with non-GMO ingredients including soy, almonds, fava beans, Golden flaxseed and fresh red apples. Our treats contain NO additives, preservatives, chemicals, dyes or by-products.

Almond flour is low in fiber. Red delicious apples contain more potent antioxidants than other types of red apples. The apple skins that contain pectin (fiber) will ferment in the intestines which produces short-chain fatty acids that will prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and support the lining within the intestines.

Bones and Bones are diabetic-friendly with almonds (low carb) and apples (aids in digestion). Each treat is dehydrated naturally to preserve the freshness and crispy dog treats are digested slower as not to affect blood glucose levels in healthy or diabetic dogs.

The treats can be frozen for several months and defrosted individually before feeding to your furry family member. They are even safe for the entire family to eat!

  • Sales ends at 12:01am on May 30th, 2018 (Wednesday).

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Dandelion Veggie Treat Recipe

dandelion green photo  Dandelion greens are abundant in most of the Country at the moment and so here is a recipe and benefits of using dandelion greens in your dog’s homemade treats. They are packed with iron, calcium and vitamins K, E, B and C. The greens also contain more protein than fresh spinach. The best part is they are gluten-free and could be easily adjusted for paleo or vegetarian treats.

1-1/4 cup brown rice flour
1-1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup homemade chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 cup combination of vegetables (squash/dandelion greens, beets/dandelion greens,
sweet potatoes/dandelion greens)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Chop all wet ingredients in a Magic Bullet or food processor until well blended. Mix all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Turn the dough onto a board and roll out to cut with desired shapes. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and store in a non-airtight container such as a treat jar on the counter.

Share below on how you adjusted this recipe for your furry family member or another veggie combination with dandelion greens.

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The Diabetic Dog Bakery Staff
https://www.DiabeticDogBakery.com

 

 

Can You Give Boo His Furever Home?

This is an exert from the Animals In Distress (AID) December 2017 newsletter about Boo, the diabetic dog available for adoption.  The Diabetic Dog Bakery has donated diabetic-friendly treats for Boo and Terri (another diabetic dog at AID) this past year and will continue to donate again this year.

This past summer (2017), Animals In Distress (AID) partnered with The Center for Vision Loss in a summer camp program for children with vision loss. The theme was “Seeing with Your Heart” – a theme that we have been stressing for 40 years – and a message that the children totally understood and appreciated. The campers met our animals, and smiled broadly as dozens of cats competed for their attention, or as special needs dogs sprawled in front of them to receive hugs and pets. It was moving beyond words to watch the children relate to these animals, many of whom were “unadoptable” and worthless in the eyes of some.

In addition to baking homemade dog biscuits for the dogs and creating artwork reflecting their feelings about kindness to animals, the children raised enough money to sponsor two pets in our Take-A-Pet-To-Dinner Program. Of all the animals they met, they chose two animals – a cat and a dog – who touched their hearts the most.

Boo from AID

The dog they chose was Boo, a poodle/bichon mix who has been with us for a while. He developed diabetes and as a result, lost his vision rather suddenly. He had difficulty adjusting to being blind, since he had been able to see for most of his 9 years, but he is adjusting to his reality. Although the children loved many other dogs they met, they chose Boo as their Take-A-Pet choice because “he is most like us.” That statement moved us deeply and reinforced what we already know: people, especially children, need to see animals that are loved despite their challenges. They need to see animals that are not discarded because they are older, or blind, or diabetic, or imperfect in some way. They need to know that unconditional Kindness exists in this world, and that others share their feelings, that others have learned to “see” with their hearts.

Boo is still available for adoption and would be a great addition to any family that is not scared off by his diabetes and blindness.  We have a blind basset currently, named Gracie and we had a diabetic and blind basset named Daisy. Gracie’s hearing and smell are enhanced now with her blindness, so she can usually find family members and food. She has learned how to climb the deck stairs to get back inside the house and knows how to go down the ramp to the grass from the deck.  She is a joy in our family!

Would Boo be a good fit into your family or a friend’s family, so he can experience the joy and protection of a “forever family”?  I am hopeful that this post will go far across the country and find his future family.

If you would like to learn more about Boo or Animals In Distress, please click on the links or see their contact information below.

Animals In Distress
P.O. Box 609
5075 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: 610-966-9383
Email: aidpa@enter.net

 

The Story Behind the Pentobarbital in National Dog Food Recall

ABC7 television station in Washington, DC, investigated and exposed how the euthanasia drug was found at high levels in dog food.  Soon after the FDA investigated to find even higher levels than thought in many nationally distributed dog foods.

Brands involved were:  Smucker’s subsidiary, Big Heart Brands – the maker of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy dog foods.

I have hyperlinked the two reports to give you the details and history behind the recall and one family that is still mourning the death of their beloved dog.

Big Heart Brands Recalled