Diabetes mellitus is a common disease in dogs and according to PetsWebMD.com, some breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Miniature Schnauzers, Keeshond and Poodles have a high occurrence rate, but all breeds are affected.
The usual age of onset is about 6 to 9 years.
Diabetes results when the body, specifically in the pancreas, doesn’t produce an adequate amount of insulin. Insulins enables glucose to pass into cells, where it produces energy for metabolism. “Insulin deficiency results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (high urine sugar). According to PetsWebMD.com, Glucose in the urine causes the diabetic animal to excrete large volumes of urine. In turn, this creates dehydration and the urge to drink large amounts of water.”
Early signs are frequent urination, excessive thirst, a large appetite and unexplained loss of weight.
Diabetes can be malnutrition related.
ShinBi is being treated with insulin.