Diabetic Alert Service Dogs

(drocket285) #1

Hello new to this site however over 40 yrs. T1D! I use a dog to keep me alive due to extreme hypoglycemic unawareness. I was looking for anyone else using a dog…

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(ScottT) #2

Welcome!

(Gina) #3

Hi @drocket285,

Welcome to TypeOneNation! What kind of dog do you have? What is it like to have a service dog?

(drocket285) #4

Hello and thank you Gina! His name is Dozer and he is a yellow lab! He doesn’t get his name because of his sleeping habits. Well I suppose its like having a 2 yr old child involved in everything you do.

(Bryannawegner) #5

My 9 year old T1 has a alert dog. He is great! He goes to school every day. Having a service dog is A LOT of work, but worth it in the end!

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(angivan) #6

I used to have a mini dachshund who would wake me up in the middle of the night if I was going low. But I never saw an explanation of why some dogs can do it, and others don’t. My current dog has no clue! Do they sense perspiration or body movements? Make sure to have your dog licensed as a service dog if you haven’t already. Many communities are clamping down on people bringing their dogs into public places if they are not reviewed and licensed.

(drocket285) #7

There is no licencing agency for service dogs

(traceem) #8

I am on the list for a diabetic alert service dog. Can anybody tell me what kind of improvement you may have had by working with one of the dogs? Also, did you go through an agency or train the dog yourself? I am hoping to have the dog by summer.

(Cristina) #9

My grandpa had T2D 10 years ago and difficulty in walking. My doctor suggested us to buy/train a service dog who can alert grandpa’s blood sugar level and accompany him when we go outside. We sent out our household dog (Neo) to doggy school. Luckily Neo is very sensitive to the blood sugar change and responds well to it. Besides, he learned lots of skills to save my grandpa’s life., such as alerting to take medications. You could also check out the benefits of a diabetic service dog here. My grandpa can control his condition under the help of this “warning clock”.

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(ViviAnn) #10

I really want a service dog but the problem is money !!!