Assistance Animals and Diabetes

By Carol1950 Latest Reply 2012-08-16 13:26:44 -0500
Started 2012-08-12 15:06:58 -0500

I would like to introduce myself, and talk about animals and healing. I have been a Veterinary Nurse educator since 1969, (Guess my age) and taught college in California, and Nevada. I have been a Type 2 for 10 years (that I know of) and I take insulin. I would like to share my experiences with health and animals.
I have seen real miracles with animals, and their people. They serve us as companions, assistants, and therapists for people with various needs. All for the price of food, clean water, and a place to sleep.
If you need a friend that does not care that you didn't comb your hair, or brush your teeth, and that you’re in your PJ’s all day Sunday, look to your furry companion. Animals give uncompromising love without judgement and we all need that. I have seen elderly animals, and their owners, where neither one was in good shape, but somehow they kept going. Children with severe autism can become calmer with a therapy dog to talk to. It has been shown, medically, that people with chronic diseases (and without) benefit from animal companionship. Blood pressure goes down when we pet a dog, or cat or talk to a bird or horse.
We now have “Diabetes” assistance dogs that can enable diabetics that are not able to obtain good blood sugar control, to go out, and have a near normal life with an “Assistance Dog” indicating highs, or lows in blood sugar, with 80% accuracy, often before the owner knows it.
If you, or a loved one has a need for one of these wonderful angels, they are out there. NOTE: Make sure the trainers are reputable, and involved with one of the national accreditation organizations BEFORE you get involved.
A place to start is the DELTA Society, a nationally recognized organization which has done research on the human - animal companion bond, and is responsible for many of the laws governing assistance, and therapy animals, allowing them onto planes and into restaurants, and anywhere else their human may go. (The law only covered Guide dogs previously) The site is; DELTA Society “Pet Partners”

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Hollywood 2
Hollywood 2 2012-08-15 23:51:27 -0500 Report

Carol I love this topic. You are so right about these animals. I'm from oxford ms. And here they train Labs to do as your talking about. Even to the point they say to detect a diabetic that's about to go into a coma. This is hear say. But I think you are so right. Thx you for sharing

Carol1950 2012-08-16 13:26:44 -0500 Report

Thanks Hollywood. I was born at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, many moons ago. Do you have a companion (four-legged/winged or finned?)

jayabee52 2012-08-12 16:36:11 -0500 Report

Howdy Carol!

My 2nd wife "Jem" was totally blind at age 14 and throughout her life she had 3 or 4 guide dogs.

She told me fondly of the relationship that she formed with them. By the time I came into Jem's life, she no longer had those guide dogs, for whatever reason.
I guess I became her guide. But she had formed a lot of good memories of those companions.

She's passed from this life now, but the stories she told about them live on in my memory.

My current g/f SuzyQ, has a cat which has grown on me. We are parted (suzyQ "biunique" the cat and I have each gone our separate ways for the past 2 weeks, and I miss them both — where I hadn't been all that fond of cats previously). I think "Bayou" has kept Suzy going during her divorce and its aftermath.

To be sure, when Bayou goes to "kitty heaven" I am certain that Sue will rescue another cat to replace him.

Thanks for sharing that. I didn't have the information on Delta Society, but will keep it in mind.

James Baker

Carol1950 2012-08-13 12:15:12 -0500 Report

Hi James,
Sounds as though you have had some wonderful ties to **assistance animals,** and their people.
I have two friends, that are married, and are both blind. They co-wrote the book, “ PARTNERS IN INDEPENDENCE: A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled,” by Ed and Toni Eames, book or CD Available through the IAADP (International Association of Assistance Dog Partners) web page. Which talks about this wonderful bond, and what it take to prepare an animal to become a guide, or service dog. I have blessed to have known them, and help treat several of their dogs over the years.
They also wrote a book for veterinarians on what to do, or not do, when you perform a medical procedure on a guide dog or assistance animal. You literally are responsible for someone’s eyes, or senses, in respect to a guide dog or diabetes dog. Anytime you put them under anesthesia, or do any medical procedure which may impair them for awhile you must take that into account! Please feel free to write me about general animal questions.

Please See Your Veterinarian First For Any Medical Questions or Problems

** I use the term “assistance animals” to include the other species that are used for these companions. Such as monkeys, cats, or horses. **
Carol Palmer