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Alert dogs for children with type one diabetes
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Ended Dec 13, 2013
An Alert dog for Zoe!

My daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the tender age of two. I know first hand how incredibly scary low blood sugars are. It's a ...

My daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the tender age of two. Let me tell you how incredibly scary low blood sugars are. It's a fact that one in twenty people with type one diabetes will pass away from low blood sugar. If that doesn't scare the daylights out of a parent who has a child with this disease, I don't know what will! It is nearly impossible to sleep at night and leave your child out of your sight for more than a minute during the day because of the fear of low blood sugars. Especially because most children can not sense lows or communicate properly about them until they are at a range where most adults would already be passed out or having a seizure.

A blood sugar alert dog can literally smell blood sugar that is out of normal range. Aside from the immediate danger of low blood sugar, high blood sugars cause a whole other range of nasty side effects. The ones that are most well known are eye and sight issues, nerve problems in the limbs, kidney issues, etc. High blood sugar literally wreaks havoc on nearly every system in the body. An alert dog is trained to give an alert to prompt a parent or older child to check blood sugar. For older kids, they can be trained to bring a testing kit and even a juice from the fridge for a low blood sugar, and insulin for a high.

We had looked into getting an alert dog but did you know that if you are looking to purchase a blood sugar alert dog, it costs on average of $20-25,000?  Instead of spending that kind of money, we are going to be purchsing a dog that works for our family (our son is highly allergic to dogs so we are getting a dog that has been specifically bred for families with allergies), and we are going to train the dog ourselves with help from many friends!

The money is for: Our puppy, a crate, a bed, shots and neuter/spay, training supplies, vests, leashes, collars.  Any excess money raised will stay in Zoe's bank account and used for future medical expenses.

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