Diabetic Alert Dog

CassBen
By CassBen Latest Reply 2013-08-24 02:16:34 -0500
Started 2013-08-22 17:51:06 -0500

Hi DC Friends,
I am recently off my pump (1 month) and on multiple injections daily. I have had type 1 diabetes 43 years and have become hypoglycemic unaware, which has had a significant effect on my life.
I am currently in the process of applying for a Diabetic Alert Dog and wondering if anyone here has an alert dog, or has had any experience with them or the application process. I am looking forward to a companion and far fewer blood glucose incidents, hopeful that this will return me to a more confident and independent lifestyle. Thanks for any input!


8 replies

zwee123
zwee123 2013-08-23 17:31:11 -0500 Report

I'm actually in the process of training my dog to become one, I don't wake up in the night so hopefully once she's trained I can start going to sleepovers and hopefully college :)

zwee123
zwee123 2013-08-23 17:30:40 -0500 Report

I'm actually in the process of training my dog to become one, I don't wake up in the night so hopefully once she's trained I can start going to sleepovers and hopefully college :)

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2013-08-23 11:04:45 -0500 Report

I have had a dog for approx. 12 years. as he grew I would find that he would sniff my shins when I had a low or a highBS. When I reached my 38 year mark I starteed to have comps,without having the dog with me all of the time,I'd probably be in and out of the hospitals. I couldnt keep my dog do to the place where I lived for a period of time,so I brought him to a friends farm,where he would be able to rome as he has done,being in the countryside. My friend also has diabetes,so it was good for him as well as hammer,thats him in the photo. what kind of cost is having 1 of the trained dogs, I do believe you can train 1 yourself,if a traine r is near where you resideask to sit in on a few sessions,get some input…it sure would help you to better understand what needs to be done in the training procedure as well as you saving some cash.

CassBen
CassBen 2013-08-23 23:34:47 -0500 Report

What a beautiful dog. I am considering this option, but feel very "iffy" about it. It's a bit citified where I live, so the dog needs to be socialized, and able to use public transportation occasionally. Thought I might check with a local Guiding eyes chapter for reference to a trainer…you are right on about the cost!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-23 05:49:01 -0500 Report

I have a friend who trained her dog to detect low blood sugar. She said the dog senses her low B/G before her cgm does.
Why did you go off the pump? Do you use a cgm?

CassBen
CassBen 2013-08-23 23:46:52 -0500 Report

Pump supplies and cgm were close to $1500 every 3 months. That's with insurance, and not including the cost of insulin. i am doing well on multiple injections of two insulin types…and able to replenish my savings

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