This diabetic dog treat recipe has all the ingredients that are beneficial to dogs with diabetes, including hemp hearts, hemp oil and flour, barley, dried cranberries, and more.
Diabetes in dogs is rather common, especially in older dogs. There are four classic canine diabetes symptoms:
If your dog shows these four symptoms, a visit to the vet is warranted without delay.
As mentioned in this page, dogs with diabetes can and should be given treats, as long as the ingredients used are safe and healthy for diabetic dogs.
This page introduces you to a simple recipe that uses all kinds of food items that are beneficial to diabetic dogs. Let's take a look...
Barley is rich in magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for, amongst others, enzymes that are involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion. Studies have found that magnesium-rich whole grains (such as barley) can help reduce risk of type II diabetes in people.
Barley also benefits diabetic dogs due to its rich fiber source - it contains more than 4 times the soluble fiber of oats. Soluble fiber is not only a valuable source of nutrients for the beneficial gut bacteria, but it can also help reduce spikes in blood sugar; therefore it can help regulate blood sugar level - good news for diabetic dogs!
There are also other health benefits of barley, especially for older dogs, as barley is packed with the mineral selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Wait a minute! Cannabis? Isn't that marijuana? Will my dog get "high" if he eats hemp?
Although hemp and marijuana are from the same species of the plant called Cannabis sativa, they are different chemically. Marijuana contains 10% of THC (the psychoactive substance that makes people "high"), whereas hemp seeds contain only trace amounts (0.3%) of THC... so, no, your dog will not get "high" eating hemp hearts.
What your dog will get from hemp hearts is high-quality complete protein, minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium), essential fatty acids (Omega-3s and Omega-6s), as well as fiber (both soluble and insoluble), which, like barley, can be beneficial to diabetic dogs.
In addition, you may already know that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, and is good for pain relief (a plus if your dog also suffers from arthritis), as well as digestive issues (such as nausea, vomiting, bloating).
As you can see below, the diabetic dog treat recipe introduce here has all the goodies that can benefit dogs with diabetes!