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GM we took our dog to see our vet yesterday because she has been drinking a lot of water I got an urine sample and they drew blood found out she is diabetic she is 14 my question is if I do not give her the insulin how long will she survive and will she suffer

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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now this is a tricky question because as I am sure you can appreciate no one has really researched how long a dog can last of treatment for diabetes (since that would be unethical). Though generally speaking they can live months to a year or two (depending how severely they are affected) without being treated but while not painful it is not nice for them. Dogs left untreated will often be constantly thirsty (which is uncomfortable for them as it'd be for us), prone to urinary accidents, recurrent bladder infections (since their urine is full of sugar and dilute --the perfect environment for bacteria), at risk of getting other infections, weight loss, at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (an emergency issue), and often the high blood sugar leads to cataracts and kidney failure. So, its not something we want to leave without treatment if at all possible. Or if insulin just is not an option, it may be worth considering

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Oops, wee glitch there my last sentence with the link didn't load. I was saying that we could try her on a diabetic friendly diet (ie Hills W/D - https://www.hillspet.com/dog-food/pd-wd-canine-canned) to at least reduce the effects of her disease on her and with that lessen the signs, risks, or even insulin doses if you did choose to treat as well.

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