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DIABETIC ALERT DOGS

Our diabetic alert dogs are custom trained to give a clear and unique signal when

their owner's blood glucose levels drop out of normal range.

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Alert Dogs UK: training dogs to save lives

Hypoglycaemia, or low blood glucose, is a common problem associated with Type 1 diabetes, and in particular insulin treatment.

 

For most diabetics hypoglycaemia is usually mild and comes with recognizable symptoms, and if acted on quickly is an unpleasant inconvenience rather than a medical emergency.

 

For some diabetics, however, the physical and emotional symptoms of low blood glucose can be impossible to detect, or become detectable only when it is too late to self-respond to them. This is known as hypoglycaemic unawareness. It can affect adults who have lived with diabetes for many years; people with labile or 'brittle' diabetes; and children and adolescents.

 

A dog has up to 300 million scent receptors (compared with 5 million in humans), and the percentage of its brain dedicated to analysing smells is 40 times larger than ours. This allows trained dogs to detect the chemical changes that occur when a person is experiencing a hypoglycaemic episode, even when the person is unaware of it herself.

 

In such events our dogs give a clear signal to their owner - allowing her to take steps to regulate her blood glucose - and can also bring a medical pack and alert for help.  

 

 

 

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