If you are like the rest of us, you probably do not know a lot about canine diabetes, and neither would you be aware of the herbal remedies available for it.
But you see, herbs are very important to help manage canine diabetes and these powerful components have been used for many, many years that even medical science has backed up their claims.
Diabetes in dogs is a complex disease caused by either a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to insulin.
After a dog eats, his digestive system breaks food into various components, including glucose-which is carried into his cells by insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas. When a dog does not produce insulin or cannot utilize it normally, his blood sugar levels elevate. The result is hyperglycemia, which, if left untreated, can cause many complicated health problems for a dog.
It is important to understand, however, that diabetes is considered a manageable disorder-and many diabetic dogs can lead happy, healthy lives.
Herbal Remedies and Natural Treatment for Diabetic Dog
Below are 4 of the natural remedies that aim to help manage diabetes. These herbs have been used by people for ages, and they are also safe enough for your dog to take.
- Fenugreek: This herb was used by the Egyptians and Chinese for the treatment of various diseases. Now it has been found to be helpful in diabetes management as well. It functions by slowing down carbohydrate absorption which helps normalize glucose levels. Additionally, it stimulates insulin production in the body.
- Astragalus: Its Chinese name is huang qi, and it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to reduce blood glucose level, as well as prevent the formation of cataracts. Moreover, it is very effective in boosting the immune system.
- Bilberry: A relative of the cranberry, the bilberry helps prevent cataracts in both humans and dogs. Cataracts is a common complication brought about by diabetes so by giving them bilberries, you could certainly help to avoid this problem. Bilberry has anthocyanin which protects the eyes.
- Goat’s Rue: bIn the Middle Ages, a certain herb was used to strengthen the pancreas, and this is known today as Goat’s Rue. This herb can help lower glucose level in the blood without causing hypoglycaemia. Additionally, it also helps minimize the risk of retinopathy, kidney complications, and cataracts which may be brought about by diabetes.
If your dog has been diagnosed with the aforementioned condition, then it is high time you start including these herbs in the treatment and diet program that you have planned for him.
These are available in any health store on and off the internet. To be more effective, you can combine these herbs with insulin treatment as prescribed by the vet.
While you may doubt the efficacy of natural remedies, bear in mind that the herbs mentioned above have been used for many centuries. If they have won the trust of so many people in the past, then surely, we should have no trouble believing in their efficacy today.
What Type of Diabetes Do Most Dogs Get?
Diabetes can be classified as either Type 1 (lack of insulin production) or Type II (impaired insulin production along with an inadequate response to the hormone.)
The most common form of the disease in dogs is Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas is incapable of producing or secreting adequate levels of insulin. Dogs who have Type I require insulin therapy to survive. Type II diabetes is found in cats and is a lack of normal response to insulin.