Canines 4 Hope - Diabetes Alert Service Dogs & Hypo Alert Dogs

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Diabetic Alert Dogs, Diabetic Service Dogs, Hypo Alert Dogs

Diabetic Service Dogs, diabetic alert dogs and hypo alert dogsDiabetic Alert Service Dogs trained by Canines 4 Hope can help a person living with diabetes live the life they were meant to live. Canine 4 Hope can train a Diabetic Alert Service Dog to take care of you or your loved one's special needs.

With their superior scenting abilities, a Diabetic Service Dog can actually sense chemical changes taking place when blood sugar goes too high or low in a person with diabetes. These loyal and loving dogs are usually paired with an individual for life.

Diabetic Service Dogs are carefully trained to do the following:

  • recognize the scent changes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • recognize breath scent changes of high blood sugar
  • alert diabetic to take medicine
  • retrieve glucose
  • retrieve medication
  • retrieve phone or dial 911

Diabetic Alert Service Dogs provide a safety net for an Adult or Child with diabetes by making sure that when a drop or rise in blood sugar occurs, the patient is immediately alerted to the life threatening situation.

Diabetes Hypo Alert Service Dog, Allison's Story

Hypo Alert Dogs | Diabetes Alert Dogs
My daughter Allison is eighteen years old and was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of twelve. She has been taking insulin for the past six years, but still suffers from low blood sugar attacks that often lead to grand mal seizures. Needless to say Allison’s episodes are very frightening for all of us. She wears an early warning device that will alert her of changes in her blood sugar, but occasionally the device does not work properly.

Bedtime is a very stressful time for Alison and our family. Allison’s blood sugar can and has dropped during the night causing her to have a seizure. There is also the risk of Alison falling into a diabetic coma. We decided as a family that we needed a second line of defense for Allison, especially when she is alone or going to sleep. We discovered research about a “Hypo-Alert Dog.” A Hypo- Alert dog is trained to detect changes in a persons blood sugar levels by their scent. Fortunately, Our family dog Ringo qualified for the type of service training we needed. Ringo is a two year old hound mix with just the right temperament and intelligence for service dog training.

Ringo went for several weeks of training with Jason Devito, the owner of Canines4hope. We live in close proximity to his facility so Jason came to our house twice a week until Ringo's training was completed. It has now been four months since Ringo finished his service dog training, and he has alerted Allison on three occasions to a blood sugar drop of less than forty.

Our family is now able to sleep soundly at night. The additional confidence Ringo now provides gives us the second line of defense we so desired. Allison is going to school in the fall and we have received permission from the University for Ringo to accompany her. Making Ringo a service dog is the single best decision we have made for our daughter.
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