Their are several different reasons to have an alert dog that helps someone with a disability get through the day with no complications. Well if you have ever wondered if dogs can sniff out diabetes look no further this article has all of that. The way it would work is dogs being able to detect low blood sugar and would be able to alert the person know that it is low so they take their insulin.
- But as the popularity of diabetes alert dogs to detect hypoglycemia has increased dramatically, their effectiveness is largely unknown.
- Are they actually “smelling” low blood sugar, or are they reacting to typical hypoglycemia symptoms in their owner, such as sweating or shaking?
- One, published in the journal Diabetes Care, suggests that the dogs may be smelling a particular substance in the person’s breath that rises as blood sugar falls.
“And even among those who do, some prefer a furrier and friendlier alert option: a service dog with special training to alert owners when their blood sugar reaches dangerously low levels.”