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View Poll Results: How long has your dog had diabetes
Six months or less 24 38.10%
Six to Twelve months 5 7.94%
More than 1 year, less than 2 years 11 17.46%
More than 2 years, less than 3 years 7 11.11%
More than 3 years, less than 4 years 6 9.52%
More than 4 years, less than 5 years 4 6.35%
More than 5 years, less than 6 years 2 3.17%
More than 6 years, less than 7 years 4 6.35%
More than 7 years 1 1.59%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-29-2014, 09:22 PM
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You know I wonder how misleading this poll is terms of age at diagnosis. For instance Keeda is ~14, she will most likely live another few years at most and I believe most dogs that are newly diagnosised are "older." So let's say Keeda develops cancer next year and dies from that... Then she will only ever make 1-2 years even though it wasn't the diabetes that she died from. If a young dog is diagnosed I believe they usually still live the full life expectancy.
Dogs almost never die of diabetes. I can count the number of dogs in 10 years who have died from ketoacidosis or an insulin overdose on two hands.

Really the only points of this poll are to:

- squash the statement that tends to go around that diabetic dogs live an average of two years after diagnosis.

May be true on average, precisely because, as you mentioned, mostly diagnosed when older.

Reasonably managed, diabetic dogs live a "normal" lifespan - a few years if they are older and many more years if they are younger. Sadly, there are still people and vets who view diabetes as a death sentence. So people need to know that's not true.

- to celebrate milestones of living with and successfully managing diabetes!

A few years ago, I attended a seminar on diabetes. One of the first things he did was ask the group of vets what kills most diabetic dogs... The answer is their people... Because they refuse to treat and euthanize.
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A few years ago, I attended a seminar on diabetes. One of the first things he did was ask the group of vets what kills most diabetic dogs... The answer is their people... Because they refuse to treat and euthanize.
This makes me sad. I can understand that in some cases the owner may not be able to treat the dog for some reason (finances being the biggest one), but just to refuse simply bc you just don't want to give insulin.
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Sadder still is the vets who think it's okay to do that strictly because the dog has diabetes. We still see a few people who live in very rural areas where the vets are mainly livestock oriented who still think you should put down an animal with diabetes...
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Almost 2 years for Buddy -- and doing fantastic -- largely due to this forum.
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Honey is approaching her one year anniversary - started showing symptoms in July & diagnosed in August. All is going well now thank God 🙏
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Bumping up
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My jojo has had diabetes for about 4 1/2 years.
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I guess I missed this before. I voted two years, since it will be two years next month.
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Yup, I see Spirit is here as more than 2 years and less than 3. Wish we could update the results!
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I'm bringing this forward. Probably will start a new one in January.

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