I’m a type one diabetic if 14 years. Also battling gasproparisis. My family I feel the need to provide a loving home to a support dog. We are clueless in how to qualify for such a pup at little to no cost. As you can imagine $8,000 -$15,000 is very expensive. But for a companion and it’s training is yet life changing to say the least. Does anyone have any resourceful info about acquiring a diabetic service dog?
I have gastroparesis as well and don’t have 2 tell u how much it sucks. U don’t mention if u want a dog 4 companionship or 4 the abilities 2 alert u when you’re low/high. Not knowing your insurance info, a Dexcom cgm is the better choice. It’s cheaper and I feel, more reliable. Depending on your coverage, insurance and Medicare will cover at least some of the costs. As 4 a service dog, I’ve heard of people holding fundraisers, but it took several years and a lot of work 2 save for a dog. I do believe dogs can help. I’ve had and currently have dogs who sense when something’s up w me, but honestly it’s hit or miss. With the Dexcom there’s loud alarms 4 u and others 2 hear plus it really improves control and quality of life. Of course it’s your decision.
hi @BnyCat Ebony and welcome to Type One Nation.
Be careful, “support dog” has a kind of a different meaning these days. You can do a forum search by tapping the spyglass icon at the top, or you can follow this query I created (a search for service dog) https://forum.typeonenation.org/search?q=service%20dog
there are a few links and resources but I am afraid the diabetic service dogs tend to be rare. good luck on your search.
I’ve heard that the service dog is a free service. Try Early Alert Canines. You may google it. They requested a deposit. After the training, the deposit is returned to you. You can keep the dog as long as you like. Everything should be free.
Webpage is blank for them. Maybe no longer in business?
My CGM and pump are the only companions that I need. If my BG goes high or low, it lets me know 15 minutes in advance.
It requires abut as much attention as a dog too, ten to twenty times a day my pump is crying at me for some kind of attention.
Hi Ebony! I have a service dog that I got from Tattle Tail Scent Dogs, KC Owens Is the trainer/breeder and she is super duper amazing. You do receive the dogs as a puppy but they are scent imprinted and she helps a lot along the way and they are not nearly as expensive as typical alert dogs. I raised all of the money for my dog through fundraising. My dog is my best friend and is ALWAYS ahead of my Dexcom, it’s crazy! It is a kind of long process to get one of her dogs and you will most likely be put on a waiting list but KC does her best to stay on top of everything. Best of luck to you!
I know this for sure. 6 months ago I lost one of my corgis, he had trained himself to be an alert dog. He was special, and I did not realize the impact of him in my life. I have a cgm, G5 Dexcom. I get weekly reports stating my progress of staying in range. I dropped 27% the first week after he passed. I normally stay in the 90% range. I even showed this to my Endo. I have gotten another dog with purpose to specifically train to be an alert dog. He’s coming along slowly, because I have to start at the beginning and give him basic obedience first. But he is already starting to alert to my drops. His presence is making a difference. My weekly report came out today and I was at 99% in range for the last week.
The dog is making a difference. I highly recommend getting a dog.