What Is The Cost Of A Diabetic Alert Dog?

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Diabetic Alert Dog Training

Hello and welcome to the Top Dog service animal page. We specialize in training Diabetic Alert Dogs (or DADs). Over 29 Million people are diagnosed each year with diabetes, and many are left feeling like their life is outside of their control. A DAD can help you take back that control so you can have more freedoms to enjoy life. Our hope is that every DAD we place helps someone feel like they can now manage their diabetes and sleep a little easier at night. A Diabetic Alert Dog (or DAD), is a dog that has been specially trained to detect dangerously low or high blood glucose events in a person. This is done through odor detection training, meaning that the dogs are able to smell these significant changes in the blood sugar of the patient. When a dog alerts to a low blood glucose event they are detecting a rise in the chemical Isoprene. Isoprene is a common chemical found in every human’s breath, but when our blood glucose level drops, our isoprene level rises. These rises become more dramatic as the glucose continues to drop. Isoprene is completely undetectable by humans, but miraculously enough dogs are able to smell it. When a dog alerts to a high blood glucose level they are d Continue reading >>

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  1. music_rox84120

    Hey! I'm new to this blog forum. I was recently diagnosed 2 1/2 months ago. I was wondering if there was a time limit on how long you needed diabetes in order to get a dog. Also, my husband and I live in a condo that doesn't allow pets. I assume this would be an exception? If anyone knows, let me know. Thanks.

  2. Timbeak48

    Do you have lots of lows and can't feel them coming on? That's the biggest reason to have an alert dog. I'm just surprised if you do have lots of lows, because it's rare in a newbie.
    That being said, the longer you stay low, the less you will be able to tell when you are going low or are low. It's called "hypoglycemic blindness." The best way to get out of that cycle is to get your blood glucose up (sometimes even a little high) and eliminate lows.

    Over time, many diabetics lose the ability to tell when they are going low. That's why I test and many of us have CGMs. The CGM can often alert you that you're headed down and you can take steps to stop the plummeting BG. Alert dogs can tell when you're going low, too--but I don't have to feed my CGM Purina!

  3. music_rox84120

    Oh those are good points. I don't think I have problems knowing when I get low. It's mainly when I get high, unfortunately. I just don't always know it. Anyway, I don't have a CGM yet, but I'm not sure I'm ready to be a cyborg (as my uncle says) I just do MDI currently. I probably am not in need of it, after all

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