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Suspected congenital hyperinsulinism in a Shiba Inu dog

Cook, Simon; McKenna, Myles; Glanemann, Barbara; Sandhu, Ranbir; Scudder, Chris


Simon Cook

Myles McKenna

Barbara Glanemann

Ranbir Sandhu

Chris Scudder


A 3-month-old male intact Shiba Inu dog was evaluated for a seizure disorder initially deemed idiopathic in origin. Seizure frequency remained unchanged despite thera- peutic serum phenobarbital concentration and use of levetiracetam. The dog was documented to be markedly hypoglycemic during a seizure episode on reevaluation at 6 months of age. Serum insulin concentrations during hypoglycemia were 41 U/μL (reference range, 10-29 U/μL). The dog was transitioned to 4 times per day feeding, diazoxide was started at 3.5 mg/kg PO q8h, and antiepileptic drugs were discon- tinued. No clinically relevant abnormalities were identified on bicavitary arterial and venous phase contrast computed tomographic imaging. The dog remained seizure- free and clinically normal at 3years of age while receiving 5.5 mg/kg diazoxide PO q12h and twice daily feeding. Seizures later occurred approximately twice per year and after exertion, with or without vomiting of a diazoxide dose. Blood glucose curves and interstitial glucose monitoring were used to titrate diazoxide dose and dosing interval. Congenital hyperinsulinism is well recognized in people but has not been reported in veterinary medicine.


Cook, S., McKenna, M., Glanemann, B., Sandhu, R., & Scudder, C. (2020). Suspected congenital hyperinsulinism in a Shiba Inu dog. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 3, 2020
Publication Date Jun 27, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 4, 2020
Journal Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Print ISSN 0891-6640
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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