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Royal Canin Canine Veterinary (Clinical) Diets Diabetic Special Dog Food

Royal Canin Canine Veterinary (Clinical) Diets Diabetic Special Dog Food

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  • DS37 Dry » 1.5kg Bag £12.49
  • DS37 Dry » 7kg Bag £47.50
  • DS37 Dry » 12kg Bag £68.99
  • Special Wet » 12 x 410g Cans £31.99

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Royal Canin Diabetic Special is a low-carbohydrate diet formulated for the maintenance of diabetic dogs. The unique formulation recipe will help manage and reduce symptoms of constipation, large intestinal diarrhoea or gastric motility disorder, reducing discomfort in your canine companion. With advanced fibres and low glycaemic cereals to slow small intestinal absorption and control blood nutrient levels, whilst the low carbohydrate recipe will reduce postprandial blood glucose intake, helping to control symptoms of diabetes mellitus. Digestible and palatable to suit even the fussiest canine appetites.

Diabetic Dog DS37

DIABETIC is a complete dietetic feed for dogs formulated to regulate glucose supply (Diabetes Mellitus). This feed contains a low level of rapid glucosereleasing carbohydrates.

DS37 Dry Food


It is recommended that a veterinarian’s opinion be sought before use or before extending the period of use. Initially feed DS37 for up to 6 months.


  • Glucomodulation - Specific formula to help in the management of post-prandial blood glucose in diabetic dogs.
  • High Protein - High protein content. Maintenance of muscle mass is essential in overweight diabetic dogs.
  • Low Starch - Formula that contains a reduced level of starch.
  • Antioxidant Complex - A synergistic complex of antioxidants to help neutralise free radicals.


  • Composition - Dehydrated poultry protein, barley, wheat gluten*, maize gluten, vegetable fibres, animal fats, tapioca, beet pulp, hydrolysed animal proteins, fish oil, psyllium husks and seeds, fructo-oligo-saccharides, minerals, marigold extract (source of lutein).
  • Additives (per kg) - Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 15900 IU, Vitamin D3: 1000 IU, E1 (Iron): 30 mg, E2 (Iodine): 3 mg, E4 (Copper): 4 mg, E5 (Manganese): 39 mg, E6 (Zinc): 118 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.03 mg - Preservatives - Antioxidants.
  • Analytical constituents - Protein: 37% - Fat content: 12% - Crude ash: 5.2% - Crude fibres: 6.4% - Starch: 19.1% - Essential fatty acids: 2.76% - Total sugars: 1.5% *L.I.P.: protein selected for its very high assimilation.


Other nutrients Amount
Arginine (%) 1.93
L-lysine (%) 1.4
Analysis table Amount
Ash (%) 5.2
Biotin (mg/kg) 1.08
Fibre (%) 6.4
Dietary fibre (%) 17.2
Fat (%) 12.0
L-carnitine (mg/kg) 200.0
Linoleic acid (%) 2.18
Lutein (mg/kg) 5.0
Metabolisable energy (calculated according to NRC85) (kcal/kg) 3361.5
Methionine Cystine (%) 1.24
Moisture (%) 9.5
Nitrogen-free extract (NFE) (%) 29.9
Omega 6 (%) 2.23
Protein (%) 37.0
Starch (%) 19.1
Taurine (mg/kg) 2000.0
Vitamin A (UI/kg) 17000.0
Vitamin C (mg/kg) 300.0
Vitamin E (mg/kg) 600.0
Vitamins Amount
Choline (mg/kg) 2000.0
Vitamin B1 Thiamin (mg/kg) 4.2
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin (mg/kg) 3.8
Vitamin B3 Niacin (mg/kg) 15.0
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid (mg/kg) 25.3
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine (mg/kg) 8.2
Vitamin D3 (UI/kg) 1000.0
Minerals Amount
Copper (mg/kg) 15.0
Iodine (mg/kg) 3.9
Iron (mg/kg) 207.0
Manganese (mg/kg) 55.0
Zinc (mg/kg) 167.0

Feeding guidelines

The following table shows the recommended daily feeding guidelines (grams per day). Fresh water should be available at all times.

Target Adult Overweight Normal Lean
Dog Weight (kg)
2 46g 54g 61g
3 63g 73g 83g
4 78g 90g 103g
5 92g 107g 121g
6 106g 122g 139g
7 119g 137g 156g
8 131g 152g 172g
9 143g 166g 188g
10 155g 179g 204g
15 210g 243g 276g
20 261g 302g 343g
25 308g 357g 405g
30 353g 409g 465g
35 397g 459g 522g
40 438g 508g 577g
45 479g 554g 630g
50 518g 600g 682g
55 557g 645g 732g
60 594g 688g 782g
65 631g 731g 830g
70 667g 772g 878g

Special Low Carbohydrate Wet Food


It is recommended that a veterinarian’s opinion be sought before use or before extending the period of use. Initially feed Diabetic Special for up to 6 months.


  • Gluco Modulation - Fibres and cereals of low glycaemic index enable control of post-prandial hyperglycaemia.
  • High Protein - A high protein level promotes lean muscle mass and helps limit postprandial glycaemia. Enriched with L-carnitine.
  • Moderate Calorie - A reduced calorie content helps limit weight gain in dogs with a tendency to overweight.
  • Low Starch - A low carbohydrate intake helps control postprandial blood glucose to facilitate global diabetes mellitus management.


  • Composition - Meat and animal derivatives, derivatives of vegetable origin, cereals (maize), minerals, oils and fats.
  • Additives (per kg) - Nutritional additives: Vitamin D3: 120 IU, E1 (Iron): 5 mg, E2 (Iodine): 0.017 mg, E4 (Copper): 0.1 mg, E5 (Manganese): 1.7 mg, E6 (Zinc): 16 mg.
  • Analytical constituents - Protein: 9% - Fat content: 4% - Crude ash: 1.4% - Crude fibres: 2.5% - Moisture: 80% - Omega 6 essential fatty acids: 0.7% and Omega 3 essential fatty acids: 0.025% - Total sugars: 0.7% - Starch: 1.6% - Carbohydrates: 3.1%.


Analysis table Amount
Ash (%) 2.5
Fibre (%) 2.3
Dietary fibre (%) 4.0
Fat (%) 2.8
Metabolisable energy (calculated according to NRC85) (kcal/kg) 762.5
Metabolisable energy (measured) (kcal/kg) 807.0
Moisture (%) 79.0
Nitrogen-free extract (NFE) (%) 6.2
Protein (%) 8.3
Starch (%) 3.9
Taurine (mg/kg) 1100.0
Vitamin A (UI/kg) 43000.0
Vitamin C (mg/kg) 47.0
Vitamin E (mg/kg) 137.0
Vitamins Amount
Choline (mg/kg) 800.0
Vitamin B1 Thiamin (mg/kg) 9.0
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin (mg/kg) 3.5
Vitamin B3 Niacin (mg/kg) 28.0
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid (mg/kg) 11.0
Vitamin D3 (UI/kg) 227.0
Minerals Amount
Copper (mg/kg) 5.5
Iron (mg/kg) 71.0
Manganese (mg/kg) 10.4
Zinc (mg/kg) 30.0

Feeding guidelines

The following table shows the recommended daily feeding guidelines (grams per day). Fresh water should be available at all times.

Weight (kg) Overweight Normal Lean
grams can grams can grams cans
2 274g 0.75 317g 0.75 360g 1
3 368g 1 426g 1 484g 1.25
4 454g 1.25 526g 1.25 597g 1.5
5 534g 1.25 619g 1.5 703g 1.75
6 610g 1.5 707g 1.75 803g 2
7 683g 175 791g 2 899g 2.25
8 753g 2 872g 2.25 991g 2.5
9 821g 2 950g 2.5 1080g 2.75
10 886g 2.25 1026g 2.5 1166g 3
11 950g 2.5 1100g 2.75 1250g 3.25
12 1012g 2.5 1172g 3 1332g 3.25
13 1073g 2.75 1243g 3 1412g 3.5
14 1133g 2.75 1312g 3.25 1491g 3.75
15 1191g 3 1379g 3.5 1568g 4
16 1249g 3 1446g 3.5 1643g 4
17 1305g 3.25 1511g 3.75 1718g 4.25
18 1361g 3.5 1576g 4 1791g 4.5
19 1416g 3.5 1639g 4 1863g 4.75
20 1470g 3.75 1702g 4.25 1934g 4.75
21 1523g 3.75 1763g 4.5 2004g 5
22 1576g 4 1824g 4.5 2073g 5.25
23 1628g 4 1885g 4.75 2142g 5.25
24 1679g 4.25 1944g 4.75 2209g 5.5
25 1730g 4.25 2003g 5 2276g 5.75
26 1780g 4.5 2061g 5.25 2342g 5.75
25 1730g 4.25 2003g 5 2276g 5.75
27 1830g 4.5 2119g 5.25 2407g 6
28 1879g 4.75 2176g 5.5 2472g 6.25
29 1928g 4.75 2232g 5.5 2536g 6.25
30 1976g 5 2288g 5.75 2600g 6.5
31 2024g 5 2343g 5.75 2663g 6.75
32 2071g 5.25 2398g 6 2725g 6.75
33 2118g 5.25 2453g 6.25 2787g 7
34 2165g 5.5 2507g 6.25 2849g 7
35 2211g 5.5 2560g 6.5 2910g 7.25
36 2257g 5.75 2614g 6.5 2970g 7.5
37 2303g 5.75 2666g 6.75 3030g 7.5
38 2348g 5.75 2719g 6.75 3090g 7.75
39 2393g 6 2771g 7 3149g 7.75
40 2438g 6 2823g 7 3208g 8
41 2482g 6.25 2874g 7.25 3266g 8.25
42 2526g 6.25 2925g 7.25 3324g 8.25
43 2570g 6.5 2976g 7.5 3381g 8.5
44 2613g 6.5 3026g 7.5 3439g 8.5
45 2657g 6.75 3076g 7.75 3496g 8.75
46 2700g 6.75 3126g 7.75 3552g 9
47 2742g 6.75 3175g 8 3608g 9
48 2785g 7 3224g 8 3664g 9.25
49 2827g 7 3273g 8.25 3720g 9.25
50 2869g 7.25 3322g 8.25 3775g 9.5
55 3076g 7.75 3561g 9 4047g 10
60 3277g 8.25 3795g 9.5 4312g 10.75
65 3475g 8.75 4023g 10 4572g 11.5
70 3668g 9.25 4247g 10.5 4826g 12
75 3857g 9.75 4466g 11.25 5075g 12.75
80 4043g 10 4682g 11.75 5320g 13.25

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Reviews (26)

Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Royal Canin Canine Veterinary (Clinical) Diets Diabetic Special Dog Food, including answers from our team.

17 April 2016 at 11:46am

Insulinoma in a dog

Diane Waugh

  • VioVet customer since 2016
  • From: Tyne and wear, United Kingdom

My dog has been diagnosed with an Insulinoma and my vet has put her on 5-6 small meals of Royal canin diabetic dog food is there any other wet food she could eat or anything she can have as treats as she misses her treats and occasional drinks of milk thanks

  • Non-Executive Director

Yes it should be fine to give her small amounts of meaty treats, and avoid any sugar or simple carbohydrate foods. There are two main approaches to feeding a dog with this condition. One is to include complex carbohydrates which release glucose slowly into the blood stream was they are digested. They tend to contain more fibre and low fat levels. The Royal Canin diet is like this and can work well. Alternatively some dogs with insulinomas will do well on a high protein, high fat and low carbohydrate diet. This also releases glucose (from protein) slowly and so helps to prevent the fluctuations in glucose levels which occur otherwise. Your dog might respond better to one type of food than the other, or both might be fine. Certainly you should give small, frequent snacks and no big meals. Examples of the cereal free foods would be ZiwiPeak and Lily's kitchen.

19 April 2015 at 8:59am

Type 1 with epi losing weight and no curve in 2 months

Louise Hill

  • VioVet customer since 2013
  • From: Somerset, United Kingdom

I am looking at Max's diet he use to weigh 47 kilo is now 36 kilo. He has 20 units of ca insulin twice a day with food and 2 caps on each meal of lypex. He eats mainly chicken breast and rice no weight gain and glucose levels have gone from 33 to around 23 still to high. My vet has not recommended any food for diabetic dogs . I want something to help him gain weight and help his glucose level fall to 8. She thinks we won't achieve a level of 8 and can only hope for 15. I cook his food but would prefer pre measured tin meat or dry food combination.

  • Non-Executive Director

The best diets for glycaemic control (for diabetics) seem to be the high protein, low carbohydrate and zero cereal diets. Orijen is the leading make of this type of diet, so I would choose one of their range of diets myself, but this Royal Canin food is also very good. The choice is partly yours and of course your dog's. I agree that these diets should be better than the diet you use at the moment, despite your best efforts. Your vet might be right not to expect perfect control, but it would be much better if you can make a decent improvement. He will not do so well if you do not get it quite a lot better.

27 February 2015 at 3:47pm

Daily feed


my dog is losing weight on hill w/d and wondered if would do better of maintaining her weight on royal canine. how much daily on dry should be given or wet & dry combined for 32k?

  • Non-Executive Director

Every dog is different when it comes to required daily amount. Strictly speaking, then correct amount to feed is that which maintains bodyweight at the correct level. If your dog is already the correct weight, but still losing weight, I would just offer more w/d. If you dog does not want any more but is losing weight, it does not need to be exclusively on w/d. If your dog is still a bit overweight, it is fine to lose some while on w/d even though that is not the textbook approach.

From the sounds of it w/d is probably the correct diet, but you just need to increase the amount. You can add say 10% to whatever you are feeding and then re-weigh your dog in a couple of weeks. You can then increase or decrease the amount again as needed. Best to judge things on your own dog rather than some written guideline from elsewhere.

20 June 2014 at 11:15am



I start to feed my dog with “Royal Canin Diabetic-Special Low Carbohydrate Wet Food”. She is overweight and her weight is 30 kg. Normally, veterinarian told me that normal weight for her breed is about 20 kg.
So, how many cans per day I should feed her, 3.75 or 5 cans ?

  • Non-Executive Director

Generally you should feed for the target weight, so I think that 3.75 cans would be plenty. Sometimes you need to feed even less than the manufacturer's recommendation, but 3.75 should be fine for now. You should check your dog's weight regularly and adjust the amount you feed according to what is happening with her weight. The correct amount of food to give is actually always the amount which in time produces the correct bodyweight. There is no better way of looking at it than that. Weigh your dog every 2 weeks and aim for a gradual reduction to 20kg. Change the amount you feed in order to achieve this, but use 3.75 cans as a starting suggestion.