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What Breeds of Dogs Are Prone to Diabetes?

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Diabetes is among the many conditions that can impact a dog. This occurs when the dog's body makes too little insulin, cannot produce it, or responds incorrectly to insulin. The result of diabetes is an imbalance of blood sugar. At All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip, we treat dogs with diabetes and educate their owners about the condition.

What You Need to Know about Pet Diabetes

Fortunately, diabetes is not fatal for pets when it is caught early. Sometimes, dog diabetes can be managed with a change in diet alone. However, medication may also be required. Just like humans with diabetes might require insulin, dogs can benefit from this medication to manage their diabetes and live a happy life.

If the idea of giving an injection to your dog sounds like an ordeal, rest assured that it is often easier to do than you may imagine. This is especially true when given with a diabetic-friendly treat and lots of love. Our veterinarian can walk you through the process and provide routine testing to ensure that the insulin and change in diet are helping your dog.
Diabetes is manageable in dogs and cats, so it should not dissuade someone from adopting a shelter pet that has diabetes. These animals still have many good years ahead of them, years during which they can become a beloved family member.

Dog Breeds That Are Prone to Diabetes

Even dogs from a breeder may develop diabetes. In fact, some breeds are more likely to develop this condition and require the proper care and attention from their owners. Breeds that have a higher risk of diabetes include:

  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Pomeranians
  • Terriers
  • Toy Poodles
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Keeshonds
  • Samoyeds

Of course, while these breeds may be more likely to develop diabetes, any dog, including mixes, may develop the condition. Furthermore, a dog's breed does not guarantee it will develop diabetes.

Contact Our Veterinarian in East Islip, NY

If you have any questions about pet diabetes or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reda, call All Friends Veterinary Hospital today at (631) 277-8700.

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