Canine Diabetes Wiki
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In general, be VERY skeptical of claims that herbal or alternative therapies can replace insulin treatment in cats or dogs. Please note that many of the charlatans and scammers discussed in this article had ads appearing on this wiki. See the phrases they use to try to hook you at Ad scams and Ad scams 2.

Alternative Treatment #9

This seems to be a fairly new player in the diabetes shill game, but the story is basically the same as the ones above--you can use the product and not need to give insulin injections.

Alternative Treatment #9

  • "Many studies have indicated that the right combination of herbal extracts can-
  • "Prevent dog diabetes from developing, and
  • "Keep it under control in dogs that already have it"

So the claim is that using the product will not only control canine diabetes without using insulin, but it will prevent a non-diabetic from contracting the disease. As discussed above, why is this "miracle drug" not being sold by a major pharmaceutical company if it really did as their claims say?

And why is a board-certified ACVIM internist with extensive pet diabetes experience saying [3]:

"Q: Are there alternatives to insulin injections?
A: Not yet, but researchers are working on new therapies.

Q: Are there any vitamin or mineral supplements that will reduce my dog's dependence on insulin?
A: No. Dogs generally have type 1 diabetes. Their pancreas produces no insulin at all, so they need insulin injections in order to survive. Vitamins and minerals cannot replace the action of insulin. If you give your dog vitamin supplements, you still need to give it insulin injections."

Contrast what Dr. Greco says with the website's claim:

  • "The herbs in Alternative Treatment #9 act directly on blood sugar levels to help control dog diabetes. It is highly effective when used ALONE, or as part of a comprehensive treatment program."

Their website boasts of a pet health wiki":

""Alternative Treatment #9" offers one of the most comprehensive online resources for natural pet care information, boasting an online library of over 250 articles, a blog, and its own Wiki site. Let's read the entry for canine diabetes:

"Canine diabetes usually manifests itself as type 1 diabetes, which involves a lack of insulin production resulting from damage to the beta cells of the pancreas."

"Generally, there are three aspects involved in the treatment of canine diabetes -- insulin injections, lifestyle changes, and dietary adjustments.""

When we get to the "remedy" page, there's another story presented:

  • "Many studies have indicated that the right combination of herbal extracts can-
  • "Prevent dog diabetes from developing, and
  • "Keep it under control in dogs that already have it"

So now let's look at the "fine print" that isn't prominently displayed on the page. This is found when you click the "Dosage and Directions" tab:

  • "Information presented at (website selling Alternative Treatment #9) is for educational purposes only; statements about products and health conditions have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration."'

But that's NOT what they're saying here:

""Alternative Treatment #9"'s products are also registered with the US Food and Drug Administration."

FDA Green Book Online

FDA Green Book Monthly Updates

Look through them all and you won't even ONE of the products they're trying to sell you as "cures". There is only one treatment approved for canine diabetes:Page 41-Vetsulin-porcine zinc suspension insulin.

This company has even had enough nerve to post "cure" videos for their products on YouTube--but take a look at what's said on their website before believing their videos.

Website Fine Print

Some enlightening information from their "Terms" page:

"Your use of this site is at your sole risk. The products, information, services and other content provided through this site or any provided link, are provided for informational purposes only...You agree that our Company shall not be liable for any damages of any kind arising out of or relating to the use of any products or services, for any incorrect or inaccurate information, for any defective products or any other matter relating to this site or a linked site."

"We do not manufacture any of the products listed on our web sites. The product information on this web site is reproduced from information provided by the manufacturers and we do not warrant or represent that all of the information is complete or accurate. No efforts have been made to verify the claims made by the manufacturers. No information or claims take the place of the advice of a professional medical practitioner."

Now you're being told that if you see their ads here, click the link, purchase products from them and they don't turn out to be the "wonder drugs" their claims purport them to be, you can't even take legal action against them.

They are trying to "educate" you about their product enough to make you believe it works and to believe it strongly enough to buy it and use it for treatment of your pet's diabetes. Every one of the legitmate educational sites about pet diabetes present information about the disease and its real treatment without trying to sell you anything.


  1. Nutriceutical, Alternative and Complementary Therapies. Ohio State University.
  2. 'Miracle' Health Claims: Add a Dose of Skepticism. US Federal Trade Commission.
  3. Greco, Deborah. Ask Dr. Greco FAQ's. BD Diabetes.