• Jayne Tamburello

herbs for diabetic dogs

Herbs and a healthy diet save my dog’s life.

Our Chloe, a cock-a-poo, even at eleven years old, had the temperament of a puppy. Yet it was around this age, and after moving several times, that we had noticed a change in her temperament and habits. Now, it seemed as if she always needed to go out to pee, was always drinking water and eating her food with voracity, and yet, was losing weight and vigor. Her lethargy got so bad that I feared the worst—some sort of toxin was poisoning her, or worse, she had cancer.

In two months’ time, she had lost 7 lbs. (20% of her body weight) and need to wear doggie diapers for urinary incontinence. Our veterinarian was at a loss for diagnosis and suggested we take her to the Veterinary Hospital. There, she was stabilized after 28 hours and we were given her diagnosis: “Your dog is diabetic”. I was relieved at this news as diabetes is a manageable condition.

Our vet had seen Chloe develop cataracts and associated them and Chloe’s weight gain with a potential to develop diabetes. Unfortunately, I had not taken this forecast warning seriously. Note to all pet owners: get your pet’s weight under control as they are subject to the same ailments as us, humans.

Today, 2.5 years later, Chloe is doing well with twice daily insulin injections. Herbs were selected with a focus on supporting digestion and immune system. For ease of delivery, the herbs these are incorporated in her food. Her diet consists of my home made dog food that provides key nutrients that are well documented for effective management of type 2 diabetes (soluble fiber, chromium, B vitamins and choline).


Citing: www.herbs2000.com

Uses of the herb:


Ocimum basilicum

Digestive, carminative, nervine, vermifuge


Petroselinum crispum

Digestive, carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, nutritive Vit A, C,K, diuretic

Summer Savory

Satureja hortensis

Antiseptic, digestive, carminative, boost appetite, manage thirst, astringent


Rosmarinus officinalis

Tonic herb: Circulatory, nerve, immune, digestive.

Antiseptic herb: bacterial & fungal

Rejuvenating in convalescence.


Thymus vulgaris

Antiseptic, immune and lung tonic, vermifuge


Lavendula angustifolia

Calming nervine, soothing digestive tonic, antiseptic

Bay leaf

Laurus nobilis

(removed leaves after cooking)

Upper GI digestive tonic, assimilation of nutrients, boost appetite.

Citing: nutritiondata.self.com





Complex carbohydrate and high chromium content.

- Glycemic index 19

carbohydrates, soluble fiber, protein, fatty acids

folate, choline, niacin, Vit A, B & Vit K

Cr, K, Mg, P, Ca, Se

Chicken thigh

No chicken bones for dogs! Lean meat protein with skin - collagen and bone marrow

protein, collagen/chondroitin, fatty acids

Vit A, choline, folate, niacin, Vit K

K, P, Na


Easily digested vegetable,

- Glycemic index 2


Vit A, K, C, folate, choline, Vit E

K, Na, P, Ca, Mg


Fiber & mineral source

- Glycemic index 2


Vit A, K, folate, choline, Vit C

K, Na, P, Ca, Se

* abbreviations: Ca = calcium, Cr = chromium, Mg = magnesium, P = phosphorus, K = potassium, Se = selenium, Na = sodium, Vit = vitamin

If you’d like more information, please visit me at my website:

Thanks! Judy

Judith Fox Smith, MS, is the founder of Foxsmyth Herbal, in Stoneham, MA. Judy is a biological research scientist and clinical herbalist. She is the founder and past president of the Eastern PA chapter of American Herbalist Guild, the Herb Gatherers of Lansdale, PA and past Vice President of San Antonio Herb Society. She combines her knowledge of biology and botany with her passion to provide practical herbal and lifestyle recommendations for a holistic balance in today’s techno-driven world.


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