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Best Diabetic Alert Dog Breeds for Children

Updated on October 5, 2016

Best Diabetic Alert Dog Breeds for Children- Labrador Retriever

Best Diabetic Alert Dog Breeds for Children- Their Role

Diabetes alert dog breeds for children can quickly pick up when a child’s blood sugar levels drop below normal.

These puppies and adult canines can also detect high glucose levels in the blood before they become life threatening.

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Best Diabetic Alert Dog Breeds for Children- Why Labradors Excel

Labradors are among the best diabetes alert dog breeds for children. This is because of their acute sense of smell. Dog breeds that are trained for this purpose usually make good companions and are fairly easy to train. Some people have noted that cats that have lived with them for a while are also alert to lows.

Labrador Retriever

Best Diabetic Alert Dog Breeds for Children- Where to Get Them

The following organizations train dogs for placement with children or older persons who have diabetes:
4. Wildrose Kennels

Diabetes Alert Dog

Some of these organizations accept a limited number of applications each year. For example, Wildrose Kennels will only accept new applications in January 2014. If you are an adult who worries about sleeping through the night safely, or you have an elderly diabetic parent, a canine that is trained as a diabetic alert dog can help to bring you peace of mind. Dogs and cats can be extremely sensitive to high and low blood sugar.

Low Blood Sugar Episode

Hypoglycemia is used to describe low blood sugar. Some diabetics suffer from hypoglycemic unawareness. When this happens, an individual's blood sugar will drop rapidly without any warning, leading to confusion and disorientation. In fact, this affects more than 15% of all persons who have Type 1 diabetes. People with this condition may pass out while they are at school or work.

When someone has hypoglycemic unawareness, their blood sugar can drop before they have any time to do anything about it. They may suddenly feel lightheaded and before they can even reach into their handbag or the glove compartment of their car for a sweet, they start to pass out. They enter a state of confusion and may not even remember why they are reaching for something sweet to eat.

Detecting Low Blood Sugar Seizure In a Child

Best Diabetic Alert Dog Breeds for Children- Keeping People Aware

If a diabetic's blood sugar remains low for too long, they may have seizures or become unconscious. Emergency medical care is often required if someone does not step in to help them before things reach that stage.

Diabetes alert dogs can help children and adults who may not be aware of the symptoms that their blood sugar is dropping. These symptoms include rapid heartbeat, blurred vision and skin tingling. Diabetes alert dogs can also help people who do not experience any of the symptoms of low blood sugar. People with hypoglycemic unawareness have been able to benefit tremendously by having a trained canine with them at all times.

Bayer 7393 Contour Usb Blood Glucose Monitoring System- Customer Reviews

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Main Symptoms of Diabetes

Diabetes alert dogs use scent to pick up when a person's blood sugar is low and they are right 90% of the time. They are trained to detect changes in the sweat of a diabetic person and will lick their hand or otherwise signal them to let them know that their blood sugar is dropping. At night, they can wake their people if their blood sugar is dropping too low.

Insulin Pen

Some Prerequitises for Children Having a Diabetes Alert Dog

Diabetes alert dogs detect the signs of low blood sugar before their people can. They do not use visual cues, so they do not have to wait until blood sugar changes have affected the body so much that people can see the effect on someone's face or behavior. Diabetes alert dogs may usually be assigned to children who have been on insulin for at least a year and are at least 12 years old.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Diaetes Alert Dogs and the Law in America

By law, diabetes alert dogs can accompany children to class or adults to work. The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act states that organizations that serve members of the public must allow these dogs to accompany their people into areas where customers are permitted to enter.

Medport Diabetes Travel Organizer

Medport Diabetes Travel Organizer- Customer Reviews

"It has a lot of room and many pockets to allow you to set up what you need to carry in an organized way. I have no issue with zippering the cool side even when loaded with pens and vials and both ice packs."

"Cooler pack stays cold for a very long time, can go 2 days on one freeze."


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      jtrader 3 years ago

      These animals are able to detect things that we can't. Thanks for sharing your comment DDE!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is amazing how these dogs work so well with kids. I once saw a documentary a woman had a child with asthma they had a cat to sense when he was in danger incredible information and always so helpful.