My dog Ruhi is an eight years old Labrador who has been diagnosed with diabetes. What food care and management should we ensure?

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Most dogs develop type 1 diabetes which the body fails to make enough insulin to serve it needs. This means Insulin treatment is required for your pet. The goal of treating a diabetic animal is to minimise blood glucose fluctuations, eliminate the symptoms associated with high blood glucose levels (excessive drinking, urination, and appetite), and improve the quality of the pet’s life. As in diabetic people, a good daily routine of eating and exercising for diabetic pets will help prevent irregular fluctuations in blood sugar level. Ideally meals and treatments are given as close to the same time as possible each day. A consistent amount of tolerable/controlled exercise each day is ideal for dogs.

Question by – Reit Malhotra, Bangalore