Journal article

Epidemiological study of dogs with diabetes mellitus attending primary care veterinary clinics in Australia

Samuel Yoon, Linda M Fleeman, Bethany J Wilson, Caroline S Mansfield, Paul McGreevy

The Veterinary Record | BMJ Publishing Group | Published : 2020


Background: The objectives of this study were to establish the prevalence, risk factors and comorbidities/ sequelae for diabetes mellitus (DM) in Australian dogs presented to first-opinion veterinary practices. Methods: Electronic patient records of dogs (n=134,329) attending 152 veterinary clinics during 2017 were sourced through VetCompass Australia. They included 418 dogs with DM; a prevalence of 0.36 per cent (95 per cent CI 0.33 per cent to 0.39 per cent) in Australian dogs attending these veterinary clinics. By comparing with the reference group of rarer breeds and unidentified crossbreeds, multivariable modelling was used to reveal breeds (and their crosses) with significantly highe..

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Awarded by Australian Reserch Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Ms Sophie Masters for her contribution to the collation of the datasheets from VCA. VCA is supported by the Australian Reserch Council (LE160100026). The authors would also like to thank all participating clinics, including GreenCross, for donation of data to VetCompass Australia.