Can Dogs Get Diabetes?

The answer is yes. 

There are two types of diabetes in dogs.  

  • Insulin-deficiency diabetes – This is when a dog doesn’t produce enough insulin and is the most common type.
  • Insulin-resistance diabetes – This is when a dog’s body is not utilizing the insulin that it produces properly. This is common in older dog’s that are obese. 

When does diabetes in dogs occur?

Diabetes in dogs can occur at any age. However, diabetic dogs are usually 4-14 years old. They are usually diagnosed between the ages of 7-10 years old. Female dogs are twice as likely to develop diabetes than male dogs. 

Issues caused by diabetes in dogs. 

  • Muscle cells and certain organs are starved of the glucose they need for fuel. Insulin is needed in order to break down the glucose for energy. The body starts to use fat and protein for energy when this occurs. 
  • When there is a high sugar level in the blood, damage to organs occurs. This often occurs in kidneys, the heart, eyes, blood vessels and nerves. 

What Can Make a Dog at Risk for Diabetes?

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Chronic or frequent pancreatitis
  • Obesity
  • Steroids
  • Cushing’s
  • Genetics
  • Some viral diseases and autoimmune disorders are thought to possibly cause diabetes

What breeds of dogs are prone to diabetes?

can dogs get diabetes
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Dachshund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever 
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Pomeranian
  • Terriers
  • Toy Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Keeshond
  • Samoyed 

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