The Ins and Outs of Diabetes Mellitus in Senior German Shepherds

Updated: Apr 10


Older German Shepherds are at a higher risk for developing Diabetes Mellitus, which is similar to type 1 diabetes in humans where the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin resulting in high blood glucose. It is the most common type of diabetes in older German Shepherds. Therefore, it's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms so that you can get your fur friend the treatment he needs as soon as possible. This condition is treatable, but it is important to catch it early to have the best success.


In this blog post, we'll discuss the "ins and outs" of Diabetes Mellitus.



What Causes Diabetes In Senior German Shepherds?

Older German Shepherds are more prone to developing diabetes than their younger counterparts because as they age, their body's ability to produce insulin decreases, and typically they become less active which leads to weight gain. Another factor that determines which fur friend gets diabetes is genetics. Certain breeds are prone to developing diabetes, and German Shepherd