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I am researching the topic of Diabetes in dogs for my class and it seems there are quite a few lists out there that suggest Dobermans are at an extremely high risk of developing diabetes. Then again, I found another list that stated Dobes are at neutral risk of getting diabetes. Can anyone clear this up for me? I would love a statistic or something. Thanks!
 

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I've been on Doberman groups and boards for eons and know a lot of Dobermans, both reputably bred and byb from rescue work, and I don't think I've ever heard of one that is diabetic. Not saying it doesn't happen, just that I've never run across it that I can recall (and my recall is fairly good).
 

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I have never heard of one with Diabetes either.

Maybe contact a Vet or two and see if they have ever treated any Doberman for diabetes.

Did you do a search here on DT for any Doberman cases discussed?
 

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I can't say I've never heard of a doberman with diabetes, I really can't remember one way or the other. But I certainly can say with total assurance I've never heard of enough cases of it to think it's a widespread problem in this breed.
 

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More or less I was trying to correct a fellow student when she posted that Dobermans are at high risk from a website she found. It's obviously incorrect as I found sufficient evidence:
Analysis of Candidate Susceptibility Genes in Canine Diabetes
I hope she knows now that Dobermans are neutral, not high risk. I couldn't help but feel the need to correct her. That is not a predominant problem within our breed and I don't want others that read her thread in our school forum to think that it was true. I'm sure they really don't care all that much, but I do! lol! I provided that link as well as one to the DPCA site on the health of Dobermans. Perhaps my teacher will notice it and give me a few extra points for effort or something. :D Thanks for all the help guys!
SamandMack, I'm sorry to hear that your min-pin was diagnosed. What kind of treatment have you decided? There are some good holistic approaches that can be added on to conventional treatment such as herbs, etc. that can lower blood sugar and increase insulin output. There's a lot of neat stuff that can help on top of insulin injections, diet, and exercise.
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Mack takes daily insulin (Humulin N). His diabetes hit us so quick that I didn't have the opportunity to get into more detailed research on holistic treatments. We're finally at a point where he's stable and at a good insulin level. :)


SamandMack, I'm sorry to hear that your min-pin was diagnosed. What kind of treatment have you decided? There are some good holistic approaches that can be added on to conventional treatment such as herbs, etc. that can lower blood sugar and increase insulin output. There's a lot of neat stuff that can help on top of insulin injections, diet, and exercise.
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Wouldn't you know? I swear my life is just a series of coincidences. Today I got an e-mail from someone interested in a puppy, and their last Doberman had diabetes.
 

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I think Adara had a dobe with water diabetes?
"Water" diabetes is diabetes insipidus and a whole different disease than diabetes mellitus (what people are usually talking about when they talk about "diabetes".

We see a ton of diabetic cats in the clinic where I work. We also see a few diabetic dogs--most are smallish breeds--min pins, lhasas, ocassional toy or miniature poodles. But I've had Dobes since 1959 and can't think of any Doberman owned by people I've known that had diabetes.

I do know of a couple of Dobes who were actually diagnosed with diabetes insipidus. It's often hard to get a confirmed dx for di because the only way to dx it is to rule out everything else--not easy to do. One of the Dobes that was diagnosed with diabetes insipidus was seen by a specialist--who finally said that the di was secondary to a form of lupus the dog had.

But I sure wouldn't put Dobes in any sort of a high risk category for the common variety of diabetes (but who knows if that's what they were talking about?)
 

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Wouldn't you know? I swear my life is just a series of coincidences. Today I got an e-mail from someone interested in a puppy, and their last Doberman had diabetes.
LOL! If that isn't just par for the course...I don't know what is.

And I've never seen any statistics on diabetes in the Doberman.
 
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