What you need to know
- Diabetes is not just a disease suffered by humans - dogs can get it too.
- Canine diabetes is almost exclusively type 2 diabetes mellitus.
- Treatment requires regular insulin injections, but can be covered by pet insurance.
Diabetes refers to a group of conditions that affect insulin's ability to process blood sugar. Diabetes in humans can come in a lot of varieties, including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Some types cause the body to not create enough insulin, while others make people resistant to the insulin they create.
Up to 1% of dogs will develop diabetes in their lifetime. That's quite a lot less than the 5-10% of Australian humans with diabetes. Despite being less common in canines, it's still not a particularly rare condition. There are two types of diabetes in dogs:
Most dogs are diagnosed with diabetes between 4 and 14 years of age. The earlier you're able to catch the disease, the better your pup's health outcomes are likely to be. Here are the main symptoms of diabetes mellitus in dogs:
The above are the four classical signs of diabetes, but there are several other signs and symptoms that may present in more advanced cases:
If you suspect that your dog may have diabetes, take him to the vet as soon as possible for a full check-up. If left untreated, the disease can have a severe impact on your dog’s overall health and cause:
Several factors can contribute to the likelihood of a dog getting diabetes. A few of the main factors including your dog's breed, gender and historic conditions.
Diabetes can occur in any dog. However, studies have shown that certain breeds have a higher risk of developing the disease. A few breeds at particular risk include:
Source: American Kennel Club
Female dogs that have not been desexed are twice as likely to get diabetes as male dogs.
Obesity can make cells resistant to insulin, so it's important to make sure your pet stays at a healthy weight. Also, feeding your dog a diet high in fat can contribute to pancreatitis. Chronic or repeated cases of this can severely damage the pancreas and cause diabetes.
Yes. The good news is that if you have a pet insurance policy that includes illness cover, you'll be covered for eligible vet bills arising from your dog's diabetes treatment.
Also, we crunched the numbers and found that, on average, pet insurance for dogs was around $821 per year, much cheaper than the costs involved with treatment out-of-pocket.
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