by Stephen R. Blake DVM, CVA, CVH
Diabetes usually occurs when a dog is seven to nine years old. I have only seen a few cases of juvenile diabetes in the past 37 years with most cases being in older dogs.
Female dogs are more at risk than males because of the changes in their reproductive hormones every time they go through a season. Breeds that are prone to developing this disease include Miniature Pinschers, Cairn Terriers, Dachshunds, Poodles, Beagles, Miniature Schnauzers and Keeshonds. The genetic makeup of these dogs makes them more prone to developing diabetes than other breeds.
The incidence of canine diabetes is one out of every ten dogs worldwide. The sad story is that it is slowly increasing over time, just as it is in the human population. It is interesting to note that over the past 37 years of practice, I’ve also seen the rate of cancer increase from 5% to 55% in both dogs and cats – as well as an exponential increase in autoimmune disease in general.
Throughout the years, I’ve noted an increase in better diets on the market. I also notice that people are being more careful with chemicals for themselves and their pets. In spite of their efforts, their pets are still suffering this increase in chronic and autoimmune disease. I believe the common denominator in all of these chronic diseases is vaccines as we know them today. Vaccines have been medically proven to have the potential to trigger autoimmune disease in all animals.
I advise all of my clients not to vaccinate their animals, especially if they have any chronic issues, including but not limited to dermatitis, ear infections, urinary tract infections, irritable bowel disease, arthritis of any kind, liver, pancreas or kidney disease of any kind, allergies, food allergies, eye or ear discharge of any kind, behavior issues, breeding issues, cystitis, nail issues, coat issues, digestive issues of any kind, seizure issues, neurological issues of any kind or musculoskeletal issues.
That’s a pretty lengthy list, but it’s important to note that it states right on the vaccine handout “only give to healthy animals.” All of the symptoms I listed are seen in an unhealthy animal; ergo, do not vaccinate!
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Some of the common symptoms of diabetes are lethargy, unexplained weight gain or loss, increased water consumption and excessive urination. If you see any of these symptoms, you can have the urine checked by your local veterinarian or get some glucose test strips to test your dog’s urine at home. I recommend doing multiple samples over a period of a few days, before and after eating, to make sure you do not miss a spike in the blood sugar.
Most diabetic cases require the use of injectable insulin to help control the dog’s glucose levels. You will need to be under the care of a veterinarian to establish the correct amount of insulin for your pet. Every case of diabetes that has come to me has been on insulin.
The most important part of any treatment protocol is to stop labelling the dog as diabetic. Where your intentions go, energy flows! Make sure your energy flows from your heart with the vision of your dog being healthy, not diseased. Dogs pick up on your thoughts and actions, so make them always positive!
I have been able to get a few dogs off the insulin or at least reduce their requirements by using the following treatment protocol:
- Place the dog on a grain free diet
- No vaccines ever
- No topical flea, tick or spot on products
- No heartworm preventative drugs
- Never give cortisone. Almost all of the cases of canine diabetes I have seen were on cortisone prior to diagnosis – and of course vaccinated as well
- Massage cinnamon essential oil daily on the pads of their feet
- Put them on bovine colostrum – the insulin-like growth factors help with regulating blood sugars
- Give Standard Process Canine Intestinal Support and Canine Whole Body Support in each meal
- Provide filtered water, preferably a charcoal filtering system
- Give the gemmotherapies fig tree, hedge maple and European walnut – 5 drops of each with each meal for support of the pancreas and GI system
- Provide a homeopathic simillimum that fits their particular case
- Provide plenty of exercise
I recommend home testing rather taking the dog into the hospital for monitoring their insulin needs. The exception would be if they are brittle and you are unable to do so at home. The new testing devices work well on the ears of dogs and cats and you get a more accurate reading because of the absence of stress they experience in the veterinary clinic.
I also recommend the use of the essential oil frankincense applied to the pads of the rear feet. I call this aroma-acupuncture. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the meridians for the spleen, pancreas and stomach come out on the toes of the rear feet. I have the caregiver massage a few drops into their dog’s feet once per day, as long as the dog goes along with it. If not, then diffuse the frankincense in the room where he sleeps.
This is an excellent remedy for helping the body remove scar tissue. This often forms in diabetic cases where there is a history of pancreatitis prior to the overt diabetes.
My personal feeling about diabetes is that it is simply an acute manifestation of chronic disease. By this I mean there is a predisposing condition underlying the diabetes that allowed this animal to come down with these particular symptoms. Allopathic medicine has no tools for dealing with chronic disease and can only try to manage the symptoms with no real hope of cure.
My advice for prevention is to do your best to avoid putting anything in your friend that has the potential for causing harm. I have listed above what I feel are the main triggers for any chronic disease. Remember the quote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
In closing, I would like to share a quote from one of my favorite people in history, Dr. Albert Schweitzer. “What great doctors do is awaken the doctor within.”
The goal in caring for any being who is out of balance energetically is to help him come back into balance and awaken the healer within. Remember our goal is to always prevent suffering and always do no harm!