Paws for a Cause: Diabetes Awareness in Pets

When your pet dies suddenly, owners are, understandably, often in shock. Diabetes in pets is difficult to live with (my cat Leo had it) and we need to find out more about this disease. Read Miley’s story and how her family are fundraising for Diabetes Australia…

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“Our beautiful dog died from end stage diabetes and we never even knew she had the disease!”

Paws for a Cause: Diabetes Awareness in Pets (and people)

Ten-year-old Cavapoo Miley became so sick over one weekend that she could barely move, and after many tests she was diagnosed with end stage diabetes. To say is was a shock to the family is an understatement. She lost 4kg in two days, and her poor little body virtually shut down.


Diabetes prevalence
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia; increasing at a faster rate than other chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence with approximately 1.7 million Australia suffering this insidious disease.

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Dogs and cats can also suffer from diabetes, with similar symptoms, but devastatingly, many pets have no warning signs at all.

If Miley had have made it through the night would she would to have insulin every 12 hours on the dot and never ever ever miss an injection or it would make her gravely ill. Unfortunately Miley passed away.

“We were so shocked says Miley’s mum,” Sandra Harrison of Robina. “Miley displayed none of the usual tell tale signs of *diabetes, going as far as to fool not only her her usual Vet at her general check up a month before, but also the emergency vet who treated her for suspected cane toad poisoning only two days before her her passing,”

It may have been cane toad poisoning that pushed Miley to end stage diabetes. Unfortunately they will never know. The worst thing for any family with their beloved pets, is this came out of nowhere. She was her happy, loving and beautiful self the day before. Her family believes that Miley was hiding how sick she was, which animals often do.

According to Miley’s family, Miley liked to sit in her special chair at the dinner table (she liked to think she was a human), wagging her tail, chasing her stick, rolling over to have her tummy scratched.

Paws for a Cause: Diabetes Awareness in Pets (and people)


Diabetes event for Miley
So in Miley’s honour, the family – her husband Glen, daughter Taylor and son Jesse, has set up a fundraising event with proceeds going to Diabetes Australia. The fundraiser will raise money through the purchase of a Paws Bracelet – 50% of all sales go to Diabetes Australia.

Paws for a Cause: Diabetes Awareness in Pets (and people)
Paws bracelet

This is a meaningful way not only to remember Miley, but also to remember all the wonderful dogs we may have lost. And to help Diabetes Australia raise much needed funds for their important research.

With a heartfelt message from Diabetes Australia, the organisation have thanked Sandra and her family for the wonderful way they wanted to honour Miley and do something special to pay tribute to their furry best friend.

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“We cannot thank Sandra enough for her fundraising efforts and Australia’s diabetes community salutes Miley,” said Diabetes Australia

This fundraiser will be running until the end of September so, if you would like to support Diabetes Australia and get a lovely memento for your beloved pet, please go to this link. Every dollar helps fight this insidious disease.

Paws for a Cause: Diabetes Awareness in Pets (and people)

Diabetes and Your Dog
The exact cause of diabetes in dogs is unknown. However, , genetics, obesity, chronic pancreatitis, certain medications and abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas can play a major role in the development of the disease.
More research needs to be undertaken, but if you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, seek advice from your Vet.


For more information on the Paws Bracelet Diabetes Fundraiser, please contact Sandra Harrison: 0422439005 or

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