Diabetic Alert Dogs: Expensive Pet Or Service Dog?
Three North Texas families say they feel betrayed by a nonprofit that was supposed to provide them with life-saving, specialized service dogs, trained to help manage Type 1 diabetes. These dogs, called diabetic alert dogs, can cost about $20,000. But these families said their dogs don’t do their jobs and are no more than expensive house pets. A diabetic alert dog is specially trained through scent detection to alert a diabetic to blood sugar lows and highs, and that can be especially important to some diabetics like Krista Middleton and Brian Worthy. Both say when their blood sugar drops dangerously low, they often don’t know they’re dipping into that danger zone. "And then I'm passing out. I'm going into comas. My kids are finding me in seizures," said Middleton. "It gets to the point where, as a mom, I wanted to make sure my kids weren't the ones to find me convulsing." The dog, in theory, alerts to problems before the situation spirals out of control so the diabetic person can seek help or treatment. That's why Middleton and Worthy both decided to get one. Mindy Guidry made same decision for her daughter. And they all thought these dogs would be life changing. "It was," Gu Continue reading >>