Blood Sugar and Diabetic Alert Dogs

Labrador Retriever In The FieldDiabetic Alert Dogs have a unique talent that can actually save lives of people with diabetes by smelling when your blood sugar drops. It’s true! Our bodies are a unique makeup of organic chemicals – all of which have very specific smells. When a person has hypoglycemia, there is not enough glucose to make the brain function properly, so the body releases chemicals to raise blood glucose levels. Among the chemicals the body releases in response to hypoglycemia are ketones. Diabetes Alert Dogs can recognize the unique odor of their owner’s ketones. As your blood sugar starts to change, your biochemistry starts to change as well, and that biochemistry change releases a scent that they can pick up. Isn’t that amazing?

SDWR has paired families with these unbelievable, talented Service Dogs to help people live a more ind
ependent, stable lifestyle. SDWR has given so many people a chance to live without fear because they no longer have to worry about their insulin levels. That “fear” is now being instinctively handled by the unique talents of their SDWR Diabetic Alert Dog.

SDWR paired Ashton and Scooby together in 2013 and according to his mother Heather, Ashton’s blood sugar is under control for the first time ever! Ashton had a hard time maintaining his own levels but Scooby helped him with his amazing talents.

Read Ashton and Scooby’s story here.

Ashton and Scooby is only one of the stories that we have received letting us know how happy they were with their SDWR Alert Dog. Em and Meme wrote us just to let us know how grateful they were for their Diabetic Service Dog, Skittles. Skittles was very adamant about keeping Em safe. Read Em and Skittles story here.

Not all the emails and letters are stories of a dramatic episode. Sometimes a Diabetic Alert Dog is a sense of comfort and stability for someone with diabetes. Read how much Tzaylie’s owner loves having her around.

A SDWR Diabetic Service Dog will bring you peace of mind. You will love the having your Diabetic Alert Dog around just like the people in our story.