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Revisiting Statistics

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 Gender

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Gender

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.

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Age

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Age

Distribution by Breed:

While SARDs can affect any breed, out of all pure-breeds, Dachshunds are affected more so than other breeds.

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Breed

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Breed

Distribution by Season:

Spring and Summer Seasons show a higher number of diagnoses than the Fall and Winter.

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Season

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Season

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?

SARDs/IMR Distribution by State

SARDs/IMR Distribution by State

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)
SARDs/IMR Distribution by Symptoms

SARDs/IMR Distribution by Symptoms

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:

SARDs Quackery

SARDs Quackery

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.

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  1. Jennifer
    December 16th, 2011 at 15:44 | #1

    I have a 9 year old, male Doxie who was diagnosed with Cushings 4 months ago. I’m treating him with liver supplements. After reading this very informative website I’m not so sure that he has Cushings any more.

    Two days ago I started noticing that he was not as quick to grab a snack that was thrown his way. Today I had to show him where the snack landed, less than 3 feet from him. So I was internet surfing to see if vision loss was a symptom of Cushings.

    Darby, my boy, has every symptom of Cushings except the hair loss. Excessive drinking and eating, lethargy, weight gain with a pot bellied look but no hair loss. Now with this new symptom of vision loss I feel like SARDS is the correct diagnosis.

    The statistics you’ve posted are incredible to me. Not only his Darby an older Doxie but we live in South Florida and have most of his life. Please keep doing what you’re doing on this website. Darby and I will be at the vet tomorrow morning.

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