Diabetes: Service dogs to prevent hypoglycemic crises

The dog is the best friend of the man, it is well known. But if he also becomes his medical assistant, he is really a companion that we can’t do without. Some dogs are able to prevent hypoglycemia attacks and make great first aiders for diabetics.

How do dogs detect seizures?

Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell and are able to prevent hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic attacks. A person with diabetes experiences variations in blood sugar levels. As soon as the level is too low or too high, there can be serious consequences on the health of the person who can quickly end up in hospital. It is not easy for a human being to detect these variations. However, it is for a dog. The skin also undergoes slight changes in smell as the sugar level changes, variations that are very perceptible to a dog’s sense of smell, which then gives the alert.

Training begins very early for the puppy, as early as two months of age, as this is the time when he registers information most easily. Training then lasts between two and three years.

A reassuring presence

Having a medical alert dog with you at all times is a real safety feature. The dog is entirely devoted to his master and his senses are constantly on the alert. Thanks to the training he has received, he checks his master’s condition every ten to fifteen minutes by sniffing his skin and knows how to signal him if something is wrong.

These dogs can accompany their master everywhere, whether it is at school or in the stores. It is a reassuring presence because the diabetic person can carry out activities like everyone else without having to constantly worry about his condition. His faithful companion is like a beneficial shadow. He should not be disturbed when he is working, or when he is out and about, for example, because this could disturb him.

A dog can therefore be a real help to a person with diabetes. Animal therapy has a bright future ahead of it because it is also effective in many other areas, such as epilepsy.