How long do dogs live after being diagnosed with diabetes?

Diabetes is treatable, and your dog can live for years with a high quality of life. “If they live past first three months, they do really well. Excluding dogs that don’t make it through those first few months, the median survival is two years,” says Dr. Allison O’Kell, DVM, MS, DACVIM. “In fact, a lot won’t even die of diabetes.” Learn more at Diabetes in Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, Cost and Life Expectancy


Type 1 diabetes is the most common form seen in dogs.

In Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks the pancreas, stopping it from producing insulin. This tends to be a rapid onset problem, seen more often in younger people and its onset is not affected by factors like lifestyle, diet and body weight. Injectable insulin is always needed to control this version of diabetes. […]


A longer-acting insulin might offer better blood-sugar control

In the Cummings School study, dogs with stable diabetes that are otherwise healthy receive four weekly injections of the new insulin, administered at the Foster Hospital. If it’s effective in their pet, owners then will have the option of continuing to use the insulin at home for a year after the trial ends. See more […]