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How dogs are able to sniff out low blood sugar.


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Old 09-23-2016, 17:08   #1
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Default How dogs are able to sniff out low blood sugar.

Some diabetics' dogs (and cats) have taken upon themselves to alert their owners to low blood sugar. And lately they have been trained to do this as service dogs. Now scientists have discovered what it is they sniff out.
We Finally Know How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

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I think DADs (Diabetes Alert Dogs) are awesome! Here's another article about them:

New Research on Diabetes Alert Dogs | DiabetesMine

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We have a DAD but he does not alert my husband as he should. It is either the seizure meds Ronnie also takes dampen the odors that that the dog detects or it is because Ronnie is bad tempered when his BG is low and he is prone to push Zeus away. Other times Zeus is a great help. Just offer him the chance to put the clean laundry in a drawer or the dirty laundry in the hamper and he is all set to do it and to close the drawer. He can pick a credit card up off the floor. Just know that every diabetic is not diabetic alert dog material. The Enlight CGM, sensors do not work on Ronnie either. That is why I suspect the Lamictal he takes or seizures is the culprit, It changes the liver chemistry. where the glucose is stored.

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I've read that even once the DAD has been trained, you need to consistently reward them for signalling, and continue training indefinitely, otherwise they will "back slide". Kind of like some humans.

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Actually, He can pick out the scent from a saliva sample on cotton but he has difficulty with the scent on Ronnie's person. I really think it is my husbands demeanor when his BG is low. He can be ornery and just shuts everyone out till he gets his BG back up. When Ronnie came in from washing the car, Zeus alerted Ronnie and we checked and he had a BG of 59 or 34. Zeus picked that up and was relentless till Ronnie ate some candy to bring his BG up.
That is the exception and was probably aided by the soaking sweaty clothing. Ronnie usually doesn't sweat till his BG is in the 30's -40's. Happens rarely.
We work often on the scent training but not daily. I think Diabetic alert dogs do not work or everyone. When they do, they are wonderful. We have worked with 3 different trainers. Its us that can't get trained. ;(


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