Dogs for Diabetics
Dogs for Diabetics trains insulin-dependent clients and diabetic alert dogs to work together as a team to assist in managing the clients’ diabetes. The dogs are provided at no cost to the diabetic client. The dogs are trained to scent and alert on hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), primarily in Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetics. Because children have a particularly hard time managing diabetes, dogs are trained to alert parents at a drop in blood sugar, even during the night while the family is sleeping. These dogs, working at a 95% accuracy rate, prevent precipitous drops in blood sugar and the dangerous seizures that sometimes follow.