Diabetic Assistance Dogs are life-savers. They help their human partners maintain better control over their blood sugar levels, leading to improved short- and long-term health outcomes. Handlers feel safer with a constant companion who also provides continuous glucose monitoring, leading to more independent lives and comfort with tighter blood sugar control.
How do Diabetic Assistance Dogs do all this? Our dogs are trained using scent detection techniques to identify changes that occur in human body odor when blood sugar levels move above or below normal ranges. The dogs alert their diabetic partners or their partners’ caregivers so they can take measures to regain normal blood sugar levels. Dogs are trained to persistently alert until blood sugar is back to normal levels, to ensure the safety of minimally responsive partners in diabetic crisis. Dogs will also seek assistance from other people if their diabetic partner is non-responsive.
Diabetic Assistance Dogs are most effective when they are able to be with their diabetic partners at all times. They are trained to be unobtrusive helpmates in public settings, and are permitted to accompany their partners in public places via the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state legislation.
Diabetic Assistance Dogs provide another option to help persons with diabetes maintain blood sugar levels within safe ranges, promoting both short and long term health. With the help of a continuously on-duty partner, a person with diabetes can feel more in control of their diabetes and more independent. Diabetic Assistance Dogs help their partners access more life.
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