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Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Occurs primarily in animals with obesity, sedentary activity levels, processed food, high carbohydrate diets in carnivores (cats especially), and chronic, low-grade stress and pollution.
Symptoms: PU/PD, polyphagia, unexplained weight loss and later, diabetic ketoacidosis.
Diagnostics: Blood values are for glucose, insulin, serum fructosamines to monitor long-term glycemic control; sugar in the urine.
Special Notes: Cats frequently have equivalent of type 2 DM, while dogs frequently have equivalent of type 1 DM. Cats are known for spontaneously recovering from diabetes; they may fluctuate in and out of the disease state or become permanently diabetic. A low carbohydrate diet is recommended for these cats. Diabetic polyneuropathy does occur (more commonly in cats that in dogs) and is a sign that glycemic control is poor.
Principles for Supplementation: Diabetic polyneuropathy has been found to be responsive to controlling blood glucose levels and to acupuncture.


Formulas: Dosage: Mechanism/Purpose:

Aloe Vera Juice

Cats: ½ tsp bid
Dogs: ½ tsp-1 tbsp bid

Lowers blood glucose.

Manganese Picolinate12

Cats: ¼ capsule bid
Dogs: ¼ capsule/25 lb bid (up to 1 capsule, bid)

Helps maintain normal glucose levels; increases level of SOD; activator of many enzymes and constituents of some metalloenzymes.


1 capsule per 20 lb bid or
1 scoop per 20 lb bid

Helps control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Small Animal

Cats: 1 capsule sid
Dogs: 2 capsules/25 lb sid

Antioxidant to prevent oxidative damage caused by hyperglycemia.

Super EPAVET12
or Omega PlusVET12

Cats: 1 gelcap Omega Plus sid
Dogs: 1-2 gelcaps
Super EPAVET /25 lb sid

Enhances glucose metabolism.

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