You may not think your dog will enjoy eating vegetables, but whole foods are actually very appealing to most pups. Softening veggies by steaming them will make them more tempting. This meal for diabetic dogs also contains beef, but you can substitute a different protein source if your dog has a preference.
Having a dog diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming. There is a lot to learn, especially about the best dietary options for your diabetic pet. You should consult with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist before feeding any homemade diet to your dog.
Canine diabetes has been a hot topic for research in recent years, and we now have a much better understanding of the disease. Much of what we have learned is centered around proper nutrition and diabetic dog food, whether commercial brands or home cooked dog food, that can help manage your pet’s condition.
Dogs with diabetes can live a normal life, so long as you commit to providing them with the best care possible. It’s imperative that you work with your veterinarian and plan the right treatment for your diabetic dog. It’s not something you should be doing on your own. Your treatment plan must include a proper diet, medication and a change in activity levels.
Beef and Vegetable Meal for Diabetic Dogs
Be sure to choose low-fat cottage cheese, as you don’t want to add unnecessary calories to your pet’s meal. Cottage cheese could upset your dog’s digestive tract, if he eats too much of it. It’s important to feed this ingredient in small amounts, like the limited amount in this food.
Of course, you’ll also want to avoid this recipe if dairy gives your pet digestive problems. Like humans, some dogs are sensitive to lactose. If your dog suffers from excessive gas, diarrhea or nausea after eating this food, he may be sensitive to dairy. If this happens, you need to stop feeding this diet immediately.
Recipe: Beef and Vegetable Meal for Diabetic Dogs
This is a simple, limited-ingredient recipe. You need to discuss the recipe with your veterinarian, and ask for their suggestion on additional ingredients or supplements that you can add to make the meal nutritionally balanced for your dog’s needs.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4–5 cups 1x
- Category: Diabetic Diet
- Method: Skillet
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- Diet: Diabetic
- 1/4 lb. lean ground beef
- 2 cups fresh carrots (chopped)
- 2 cups fresh green beans (chopped)
- 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
First, brown the beef in a skillet and drain the fat. Steam or boil the carrots and green beans. Allow the ingredients to cool, and combine the beff, vegetables and cottage cheese in a large bowl. Mix well.
The recommended serving size for this meal for diabetic dogs is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. It is best to check with your veterinarian to get an exact serving size for your pet, as some dogs may need more/less calories than others.
Your veterinarian will also help you to decide if this recipe is appropriate for your diabetic dog. They may recommend adding some supplements or additional ingredients to make the meal nutritionally balanced for your Fido.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 52
- Sugar: 1.6 g
- Sodium: 78 mg
- Fat: 1.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 4.6 g
- Fiber: 1.4 g
- Protein: 6.2 g
- Cholesterol: 12 mg
How to store: You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won’t last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you’re new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.
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