Your dog has diabetes mellitus. You're not alone, an estimated 1 in 500 dogs has canine diabetes.
During digestion, food is broken down into components that can be used by the body. Carbohydrates (starches) are converted into sugars, including glucose. Glucose is absorbed from the intestines into the blood and provides the body cells with energy.
Diabetes mellitus or “sugar diabetes” is caused by a lack of available insulin.
Diabetes is caused by:
The results are:
Diabetes most typically occurs in middle aged to older dogs.
The following dog breeds appear to have an increased risk of developing diabetes:
These are dog breeds in which veterinarians most commonly diagnose diabetes. Reports may be biased due to breed popularity. Pedigree analysis has, however, identified a genetic predisposition in Keeshonds and Samoyeds.