Diabetes is a chronic disease where the body does not produce insulin or enough insulin, a hormone that removes sugar from the bloodstream. It can affect both humans and animals. Diabetes comes in two types, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is the most common form of diabetes in dogs and is usually diagnosed at a younger age (six to sixteen years old).
Dogs with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and must depend on shots of insulin daily for survival. Type 2 diabetes is much less common and is most likely to be found in dogs that are above two years old. In this article, we will explore the causes of diabetes, its effects on dogs’ health, and how to take care of dogs with diabetes.
What Causes Diabetes In Dogs?
There are different factors that can cause diabetes. There are certain genetic predispositions that make some dogs more likely to develop diabetes than others. For example, if a parent dog has type 1 diabetes, his offspring will have a 33% chance of developing it too. Some dogs develop diabetes due to immune-system diseases like Addison’s disease or pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Type 2 diabetes can also be caused by obesity and an inactive lifestyle.