What Causes Diabetes in Dogs?

 Some breeds like terriers, poodles and keeshonds are genetically prone to diabetes, suggesting an inherited link.


Inflammation of the pancreas hampers insulin production, increasing diabetes likelihood later on.


Excess weight stresses the pancreas. Obese pets have higher diabetic risk. Slim down overweight dogs.


Steroids like prednisone and cortisone can induce elevated blood sugar levels.

Dog Steroid Use   

Hormone changes during pregnancy and heat cycles can trigger transient diabetes requiring insulin treatment.  


Sometimes the immune system mistakenly attacks insulin producing cells, severely lowering or halting production. 

Autoimmune Reaction  

Increased thirst/urination, weight loss, lethargy, vision changes signal possibility of diabetes requiring bloodwork.


Building a First Aid Kit for Your Dog’s Health