What Are The Symptoms Of Low Blood Sugar In Dogs?

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We Train Diabetes Assist Dogs To Help People With Type I Diabetes.

Diabetes Assist Dogs are trained to monitor smells in the air for a specific scent on the human breath that is related to rapidly dropping or low blood sugar levels. They are then trained to “alert” the person with diabetes, usually by touching them in a significant way such as pawing or nudging them. This alerts the person to check his or her blood sugar level. It also informs them that they should get something to eat to prevent hypoglycemia, or their blood sugars getting to a dangerous level. The canine partner can also be trained to retrieve juice or glucose tabs, get an emergency phone, or get help from another person in the house. Diabetes Assist Dogs wear a backpack identifying them as an assistance dog. This backpack has pockets where medical information, a sugar source, and emergency contact information can be stored. This provides an extra safety net in case the person with diabetes is unable to get help in time. Anyone finding the person unconscious or acting abnormally would know it may be a medical emergency and know how to get help. How can a dog detect low blood sugar? The dogs are evaluated throughout “puppy-hood” for a willingness to work and a sensitive no Continue reading >>

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  1. k9diabetes

    > Your Dog's Signs of Low Blood Sugar

    I'm putting together a web page on hypoglycemia.
    If your dog has ever experienced low blood sugar, anything from slightly low to seizures, I'd very much appreciate it if you could post describing what signs your dog gave that made you suspect low blood sugar.
    Also, if the hypoglycemia was fairly severe, it would help if you could describe the early signs if there were any, as well as whatever behavior changes s/he went through before recovering, including seizures.
    Thanks!! :)

  2. k9diabetes

    Chris has never had an episode of severe low blood sugar. I think the lowest BG we have ever measured was in the 40s and he has never had seizures (knock on wood).
    His first sign of low blood sugar is being shaky and weak. If he's on a walk, he slows to a crawl. Sometimes he can be restless.
    For him, exercise and vet visits are prime times for him to go low. His blood sugar drops from anxiety, excitement, and exercise.

  3. We Hope

    When we were initially getting Lucky regulated on the old Lilly pork Lente insulin, he registered a 35. This was the only time he got syrup (2 cc's of Mrs. Butterworth in a syringe under his tongue). (And a hamburger too, after that! :) ) The only outward signs of his being low were the whites of his eyes had become very bloodshot.
    We had been checking his eyes because we'd discovered that when he was high, his eyes were bloodshot. The color of the red we saw when he was high was much brighter than the time he was low--that was a much darker shade of red. When he was in good control--not one way or another, the whites of his eyes would be without any bloodshot at all.
    When I discovered this about him, I'd say to John when we'd come in for testing whether I thought he was high or that I thought we'd all be happy with the test this time. John would have a look at his eyes and then take the test. Lucky's eyes told the tale before the test did. John then put this to work with his other diabetic patients--to see if this was true for them or simply something unique to Lucky. Their eyes had the same story Lucky's did with being high, low or in the right zone.

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