Canine Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Aimee Beck
5 min readNov 28, 2022

Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions found in middle-aged dogs (and cats). It is a disease of the pancreas (not to be confused with pancreatitis). The pancreas has two groups of cells: one that produces enzymes to help your pup properly digest his food, and the other produces a hormone called insulin, which regulates the amount of glucose (sugar) in your dog’s bloodstream and delivers it to the necessary tissues.

In simple terms, canine diabetes mellitus (CDM) occurs when the pancreas fails to regulate blood sugar.

Generally speaking, diabetes is a lifelong condition, and controlling it will require a great deal of time, effort (and money) from you, the pet parent. Fortunately, many dogs with diabetes are able to continue leading long and happy lives as long as the condition is properly managed.

Today we’ll talk about everything you need to know about canine diabetes, including:

  • What is canine diabetes mellitus?
  • Is insulin the same as sugar?
  • How many types of diabetes are there?
  • What causes diabetes in dogs?
  • What are the symptoms of diabetes in dogs?
  • How is canine diabetes diagnosed?
  • How do I treat my…



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