Diabetic Alert Dogs

Hypo alert dogs are trained to alert diabetic owners in advance of low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar events before they become dangerous, so their owners can take steps to return their blood sugar to normal, such as using glucose tablets or injecting insulin.

The dogs are trained to accompany their owners wherever they travel in the manner as guide dogs and assistance dogs.

The training process is done much like that of a termite detection dog. The dog is rewarded for finding a high blood sugar (it is supposed to smell like tutti fruity gum) or the low blood sugar that is supposed to smell like rusty water or nail polish remover.

The dogs can potentially alert on other diabetics beyond their handler.


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