Diabetic Service Dogs

king of hill
By king of hill Latest Reply 2009-07-20 15:04:37 -0500
Started 2009-06-03 19:55:49 -0500

I have recently spoken to a women who uses a diabetic service dog for her 16 year old son. As a young adult on an insulin pump this interested me. Has anyone used a diabetic service dog? If so was it helpful?

11 replies

Nan H.
Nan H. 2009-07-17 20:21:50 -0500 Report

I had one. She didn't come from an organization; once I picked up on what she was doing (I am a dog trainer myself and long time diabetic), I trained her to help me and then had her certified. It was fantastic. Even with a continuous glucose monitor, I still sometimes miss highs and lows. She could tell me about either. She could bring me food if I needed it, and could alert others that I needed help. She was able to wake me in the middle of the night (I never hear the alarm on my pump when I'm sleeping), and bring food to me. Having something with you at all times that can help and understand when you can't is a real blessing. Plus, I am often an "angry" low; I hit, throw things,and shout when people try to help me. However, I never responded that way to my dog.

Sarguillo 2009-07-20 15:04:37 -0500 Report

Good to know that you were able to train your dog that way. I didnt know you could self train and then have certified. Yes, the certification is very important. Most times, a certification needs to be carried along with the dog vest. I learned somthing today.

2009-06-12 12:14:16 -0500 Report

Service dogs are a great help to many people with many different ailments. I don't think people realize just how much good these dogs help people. I have know people who have used service dogs, and they have said how much better it has made their lives.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-06-12 07:50:55 -0500 Report

I have a freind who 5 year old had a condition where she can not keep her BS up. In the beginning she was on a continous drip of sugar water. Now she is she is able to be managed with out it but check her BS every 45 min. or so. The mom is looking into the service do for future!

lipsie 2009-06-12 06:37:25 -0500 Report

WoW, That is just amazing to me, great to hear though!! Pets can just be the most amazing creatures. Glad ya all have awesome pets, give em' some huggles from k? Love yasss Sheila

Turtle 2009-06-11 23:03:15 -0500 Report

My Service Dog is for epilepsy an hearing but he trained himself to let me know when my bg is too high or too low. A tremendous bond helps these super dogs be able to do anything.

patti 2009-06-11 21:23:20 -0500 Report

I dont have an "official" service dog, I have a 3 yr old Pug. About 2 mths ago I came off steroids. My sugars are finally starting to look normal again. I start to drop in the early mornings, while I am sleeping. Shadow our puggy wakes me when they are low. He doesnt give up either. the first few times I thought he needed to go out…lol not… by the time I got to the bottom of the stairs…I was in the 50's and dropping. I started to feel shaky by the time I got to the bottom. So now I recognise his 2 kinds of waking me…either to go out or to get me up…now if I could train him to make coffee and breakfast? How he knows? not sure but I m glad he does.

lipsie 2009-06-10 06:35:30 -0500 Report

WoW! I never knew this! This is a fabulous program! I am so pleased to hear about this. Sheila

GabbyPA 2009-06-08 07:40:34 -0500 Report

This is a wonderful program. Dogs are amazing and this is just another way they can help us out.
There was an older discussion here about them. You can go to: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/774-diabetic-assistance-dog-volunteers#scrollTo_discussion_message_6913_content
for that discussion. It was looking for volunteers. But there is some additional info there in the comments.

Sarguillo 2009-06-05 17:09:56 -0500 Report

Havent used a dog but I love dogs. here is their website:


theya re a great ogranization.

They mainly work with T1's.
Those expierencing lows that are not detected seem to be their highest priority in getting a dog.

I read of a mother who has 3 sons who are all T1 and she can finally sleep at night since the dog watches over them at night.
If there are issues, he knows to come wake her up.

The dogs are those who flunked out of blind dog training.
They do however make great Diabetic service dogs.
They can smell the chemical composistion of a person who is going low and alert them to this fact, or if not, they try to alert someone else.
ITs a service of love.
I admire this organization.

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