November was National Pet Diabetes Month. It is estimated that 45 % of dogs and 58% of cats are overweight, a leading cause of diabetes.
Feeding a raw meat diet, using holistic approaches, tracking weight in the Healthy Animal’s Journal and exercising cats and dogs appropriately go a long way to managing weight. Decreasing vaccines and other toxins as well as treating early warning signs holistically will lower the risk of diabetes dramatically. In 30 years I cannot think of one of my patients who came down with diabetes, though many came to me already ill with diabetes.
Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins is a veterinarian and PhD nutritionist and was working for Hills when her young cat developed diabetes. As she thought about it – carbs in people = diabetes; cats=obligate carnivores; it was the dry food she was feeding her cats that “caused” the diabetes, so she started promoting no dry food for cats and appropriate diets. Her cat’s diabetes resolved with a diet change to canned, no grain foods. Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life
Chow Hounds by Dr. Ernie Ward offers great charts to tell if your dog is obese and tips (not holistic and he is averse raw meat) to help them lose weight. His personal story is great inspiration, too.