Whilst prescription diets are usually recommended for diabetes, many diabetic dogs do well on a high quality regular dog food. If you're looking for an alternative you'll be wanting a food that's of good quality, that's low in fat and carbs (to ensure a low glycemic index) - but also has strong levels of protein & fibre.
One strategy is to go for an 80% meat content food to bring the carb content down as low as possible - our Mighty Meaty Original might be a good option for this approach (but not the fish one - the fat content is a bit too high).
These recipes do come with a hefty price tag however, but there are alternatives!
Our Tickety Boo range, for example, still boasts an above average 50% meat content & the rest of the recipe includes a good percentage of complex carbs (e.g sweet potato) & other vegetables and none of the higher G-I carbs such as rice, wheat and other grains. The ones we list below have the most sweet potato & peas and the least white potato, but most customers find the whole range suitable.
Obviously there's no added sugar in any of them.
It's also important to keep your dog at an ideal weight so, at only 320 kCal per 100g & only 8% fat, our Sweet Couch Potato & Still Going Strong recipes might be of interest for dogs that need to lose a few pounds. They're also excellent options if your pooch is prone to pancreatitis.
Similarly our Love Me Tender 'cold pressed' dog food is packed with protein & sweet potato, has plenty of fibre, but contains only 8% fat. Because it's cold pressed it's super-gentle on the tummy & has a softer, more crumbly texture.
our meatiest Tickety Boo & a great all rounder for all dogs
the strong calcium levels in this one make it great for larger dogs!
with low-risk pork - ideal for dogs with protein allergies
50% meat & 50% low GI veggies, minerals & vitamins in a lower calorie recipe.