Features May 2013 Issue

Diabetic Alert Dogs

Nicolina may look relaxed and mellow, but her nose is always going. She has a quiet tenacity that makes her an ideal diabetic alert dog.

Diabetic Alert Dogs

A natural (and sometimes life-saving) job for the scent-oriented canine.

Service dogs for people with diabetes are the “tattletales” of the dog world, according to Rita Martinez, co-author of a new book, Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog. The job for these special dogs is to notice a change in a person’s blood glucose level, and then tell that person about it. If that person doesn’t “listen” to the dog or isn’t able to respond, then a diabetic alert dog may tell someone else!

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