How to naturally treat diabetes in dogs

Updated February 21, 2017

Millions of people around the world suffer with diabetes each day. This pancreatic disease can also be found in dogs. In general, dogs develop Type II or adult-onset diabetes, with most dogs diagnosed after the age of five. Signs of diabetes include weight loss, increased food and water consumption and increased urination. Some owners choose to treat their dogs with clinical medicines, while others choose to treat the diabetes naturally with home remedies. There are a variety of natural herbs, as well as dietary changes, you can make that can help alleviate a dog's diabetes.

Feed your dog a fibre-rich diet. Fibre-rich foods process through the body more slowly, and are generally lower in sugars than other types of food. This will help your dog regulate his blood sugar naturally.

Avoid feeding your dog between meals, and do not feed him table scraps. A diabetic dog's diet must be closely monitored to ensure that he does not consume sugars or other damaging foods.

Mix two to three drops of apple cider vinegar into your dog's water dish every time you fill the dish. Apple cider vinegar can help to regulate the body's control over its insulin production, and can also help medications work through the body faster.

Lightly sprinkle cinnamon onto your dog's food. Use only a light layer or else the dog might smell or taste the cinnamon and refuse to eat. Cinnamon can temporarily replace insulin in the blood, and so it can help keep the dog's system working well if the dog is not on an insulin regimen or in between insulin shots.

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice to your dog's drinking water if he is suffering from obesity due to diabetes. Grapefruit juice helps boost the body's metabolism, promoting healthy weight loss.

Combine natural herbs and herbal extracts into teas and allow your dog to drink those throughout the day instead of water. There are a variety of herbs that can help regulate blood sugar, including bejak, karela, gurmar, melon and turmeric. Mix these herbs and extracts with water so that the taste does not overwhelm your dog.


If your dog is on an insulin regiment, feed him just before his insulin injection, twice per day. The circulation of food through the body will help circulate the medicine as well. If you have other pets, feed them all at the same time so that the diabetic dog cannot eat the food from the other pets.


Never start a medication or herbal regiment, or a significant diet change for your dog, without consulting a veterinarian. Only veterinarians can properly diagnose diabetes, and they will recommend treatment options.

Things You'll Need

  • Fibre-rich food
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Herbs and herbal extracts
  • Water
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About the Author

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.