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Hill's Prescription Diet is used for diabetes, weight maintenance and some bowel disorders because it has more fiber than the average dog food. Fiber can also be useful in lowering lipids, or fats in the blood. Other pet food makers have their own brands of prescription-type foods.

Lipids or fats circulating in the blood. An excess of them interferes with the binding of insulin to the proper cells, in the case of diabetes, and causes insulin resistance, thwarting regulation. [1]

Hyperlipidemia [2] is another term for too many lipids, or fats, circulating in the blood.

They usually occur because of the hormonal imbalances associated with Cushing's disease and hypothyroidism; treating them reduces the excess circulating lipids. Miniature schnauzers as a breed are prone to this condition spontaneously with no underlying disease. [1][3]

A low-fat diet supplemented by omega-3 fatty acid geneally helps reduce them. Anticholesterol medication, as humans take, is also available. [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brooks, Wendy C.. The Hard to Regulate Diabetic Dog. Veterinary Partner. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Brooks" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Jones, Boyd R. (2003). Hyperlipidemia in Dogs and Cats. WSAVA.
  3. Xenoulis, Panagiotis G., Suchodolski, Jan S., Levinski, Melinda D., Steiner, Jörg M. (2007). Investigation of Hypertriglyceridemia in Healthy Miniature Schnauzers. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  4. The Hard to Regulate Pet-Cholesterol Medication. Marvistavet.

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