People: Brian Catchpole
Certain breeds, including the Samoyed, Cairn and Tibetan terriers seem to be predisposed to developing diabetes, whereas others, including the Boxer and German shepherd dog, seem to be less susceptible. Such breed differences suggest that there is a genetic component to disease susceptibility.
To this end The Royal Veterinary College has established a national canine diabetes register. This includes a database of clinical information and an archive of residual samples. This diabetic register should allow us to progress our understanding of the causes of this disease.
We are offering haemoglobin A1c testing free of charge, which can be used to monitor glycaemic control in dogs with diabetes.
In addition, we will provide fructosamine analysis free of charge where samples are submitted from dogs with diabetes not currently registered with us.