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Diabetes Complications In Dogs And Cats: Diabetes Ketoacidosis (dka)

Unfortunately, we veterinarians are seeing an increased prevalence of diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats. This is likely due to the growing prevalence of obesity (secondary to inactive lifestyle, a high carbohydrate diet, lack of exercise, etc.). So, if you just had a dog or cat diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, what do you do? First, we encourage you to take a look at these articles for an explanation of the disease: Diabetes Mellitus (Sugar Diabetes) in Dogs Once you have a basic understanding of diabetes mellitus (or if you already had one), this article will teach you about life-threatening complications that can occur as a result of the disease; specifically, I discuss a life-threatening condition called diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) so that you know how to help prevent it! What is DKA? When diabetes goes undiagnosed, or when it is difficult to control or regulate, the complication of DKA can occur. DKA develops because the body is so lacking in insulin that the sugar can’t get into the cells -- resulting in cell starvation. Cell starvation causes the body to start breaking down fat in an attempt to provide energy (or a fuel source) to the body. Unfortunately, these fat breakd Continue reading >>

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  1. hiphopfrog

    Hi fellow ketoers!
    I've been doing keto now since the beginning of August, and am down 9kg so far. Bacon every single day, and I couldn't be more thrilled about it!
    My question is about electrolytes. These are the recommended numbers given in the FAQ: - 5000 mg of sodium chloride (salt) - 1000 mg of potassium, in the form of potassium chloride or potassium sulfate - 300 mg of magnesium
    For someone who grew up with her father swatting her hand away from the shaker, that seems like a LOT of salt!
    I've had potassium salt since I started keto, but I've been feeling rotten for a while (really foggy brain, craving salted peanuts, feeling like my limbs were just super heavy). I just had a cup of chicken broth with extra salt... now I feel heaps better. Like I could do a math problem then run up a hill.
    I feel better, but I'm just a bit worried that it seems like a ton of salt to be consuming. Can all that salt hurt me? How much salt do you eat? How do you get it in?
    Thanks team!

  2. Kiramaniac

    From "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living"
    Low carb diets are natriuretic - they make the kidneys dump sodium. Sodium deficiency can cause headache, dizziness and fatigue. With continued low carb intake and sodium restriction, at some point your kidneys start to excrete potassium in order to conserve sodium. Potassium deficiency can lead to muscle cramps, cardiac dysrythmia. it can also cause the body to lose muscle, even when there's plenty of protein in the diet.
    On keto, we should consume 3-5 g sodium per day. Broth is the easiest solution.


    Not including the massive amount of salt I add to a lot of my foods. I probably double the recommended intake just due to how salty a lot of Keto foods are.

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