Diabetes in Dogs

You just learned that your dog has diabetes. You're asking how this could have happened to your dog, and what you are going to do now.

Well, try to relax. You and your pet will get through this together.

In fact, you're in good company. Up to 1 in every 500 dogs becomes diabetic.1 Their owners have learned how to manage this chronic illness, and you can too.

Today's diabetes care for dogs and cats is based on the latest advances in human medicine, and that's good news for your dog. It's not hard to manage your pet's diabetes - your veterinarian will show you how.

Some of the country's leading experts in canine diabetes have worked with BD to help you learn about diabetes in dogs and how it is treated.



 color photo of Angus, a West Highland Terrier, 3 years old, diagnosed at 7 months.
Angus, a West Highland Terrier, 6.5 years old, diagnosed at 7 months. Angus gets 7 units of Humulin N twice a day and is fed Purina DCO at each meal. His glucose readings are typically in a range of 60-120. He is in very good health, with no vision problems. He is walked twice a day. Angus can do a dozen tricks and loves to play.
Photo courtesy of R. Peterson



BD wishes to thank the following veterinary professionals for reviewing this information and providing their valuable insights: 
Edward C. Feldman, DVM, ACVIM. U. of CA - Davis, Dept of Medicine and Epidemiology (Retired)
Deborah S. Greco, DVM, PhD, DACVIM. Senior Research Scientist, Global Communications, Nestle Purina PetCare
Margarethe Hoenig, DVM, PhD, (Retired)



1.  S.J. Ettinger, E.C. Feldman: Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 5th Edition, Vol. 2, 2000 pg. 1438


The BD Diabetes Learning Center describes the causes of diabetes, its symptoms, and diabetes complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy. This site contains detailed information about blood glucose monitoring, insulin injection and safe sharps disposal. Interactive quizzes, educational literature downloads and animated demonstrations help to teach diabetes care skills.

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