It’s been a little over one (1) year since we started this site. Since then we have had a total of 162 respondents complete our survey about their dog’s SARDs/IMR diagnosis.
Statistics can often be used to augment or refute a particular perspective; however, they nonetheless show some interesting trends.
Below are some statistics that we have put together from the raw data that we have collected. While some statistics were easily derivable from our survey providing service, others were not, and had to be derived by manual means using Microsoft Excel.
Distribution by Gender:
- Males — 73
- Females — 85
- Unknown — 4
Distribution by Age:
There is some information available on the Internet that states that the average age at which most dogs are affected by SARDs/IMR is approximately 6-7 years. However, our statistics show an average of 8 years. This is not meant to refute the 6-7 year average, especially if that average is based on a larger set of data.
Distribution by Breed:
While SARDs can affect any breed, out of all pure-breeds, Dachshunds are affected more so than other breeds.
Distribution by Season:
Spring and Summer Seasons show a higher number of diagnoses than the Fall and Winter.
Distribution by State:
Some states are affected more than others, but the unknown is why those states show a higher number. Specifically, CA, FL, and TX show the greatest number of diagnoses. Could it be due to the population of the states?
Distribution of Symptoms:
You’ll notice that the following three are the most common symptoms of “excessiveness” of SARDs/IMR patients:
- Excessive eating (polyphagia)
- Excessive drinking (polydypsia)
- Excessive urinating (polyuria)
Lastly, this is the saddest of statistics that we can provide, and that is of SARDs/IMR diagnosis “quackery”. It is alarming to see how often our “caring vets” come to a SARDs diagnosis:
Getting a SARDs diagnosis without an ERG is like getting a diabetes diagnosis without blood-work, or diagnosis of high-blood pressure without having your blood pressure taken.