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Old 04-14-2012, 01:57 PM
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Chicken skin hard on pancreas??

We have been feeding raw chicken for a while. Our dog eats half a chicken about one and half to two pounds a day. Just read on another site that chicken skin is hard on dogs pancreas and can cause diabetes?? Is this true?
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:18 PM
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Re: Chicken skin hard on pancreas??

Skin is high in protein from memory. I can't imagine why skin would "cause" diabeties. From my knowledge of Human diabeties - Type 1 (insulin dependant) is an autoimmune disease that is based in genetics. Type 2 is caused by obesity for the most part. Over time the body becomes insulin resistant due to the presence of large amounts of body fat. It produces more and more till the pancreas starts being unable to cope.

I would treat this "information" with more than a pinch of salt. You could always ask for the study they are referencing...and follow the trail.

FYI Carbs require insulin for processing hence typical treatment for a pre-diabetic is a low carb diet and thus protein takes a more prominent role!
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:55 PM
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Re: Chicken skin hard on pancreas??

I doubt it would cause diabetes. May be pancreatitis - due to higher fat contents. Some dogs don't tolerate fat intake too well.
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Chicken skin is very high in fat. Diets that are high in fat, can trigger pancreatitis and that can be very serious or even deadly. What else are you feeding your dogs besides chicken?? They need a diet that is balanced, and feeding only chicken is not. If you are worried that your dogs are getting too much fat from the skin...you can peel off the skin.

If you click on the blue bar near the top of the page where it says "Search" and put in 'pancreatitis' you will find that it's common enough in the breed..and we've had some member's dogs suffer from it.

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