|Picture From Harvard Medical School Literature|
I Have Never Suffered From Diabetes
Like Any Killer, I Give It Respect And We Co-exist
The views expressed here are my own and an aid memoire to myself in how I manage my own Type 1 Diabetes, I do not prescribe anybody do what I do and recommend they make up their own minds and control their own Diabetes.
#Diabetes - How My Dog Warns Me Of Hypos
One of my Lurcher (cross between a Greyhound and a Saluki) rescue dogs 'Bree' is very sensitive to smell and taste and I have written about her strange bathroom habits in a previous #Diabetes #Mentor blog posting:
My Dog Bree And My Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Over the last few months Bree appears to have become particularly sensitive to any low blood sugars when I am in or on the bed.
|Skippy (light) And Bree (grey)Asleep On The Bed Just Before Biscuit Time|
As soon as I move she gets up on the bed and licks where I have sweated, as Diabetics often do when the blood sugar goes low. I have been trying to understand when this began to occur and I think I have cracked the case. I may have turned Bree into a Diabetic Alert Dog by accident rather than design.
Out of guilt from eating something and not giving Bree and Skippy anything, I started to give them a small biscuit, each time I had a biscuit between meals or if I had woken in the night in a cold sweat.
Therefore what has occurred is that by Behavioural Training my dogs, and particularly Bree have associated my regular biscuits times, my hypo biscuit times and my low blood sugars with a food reward. So now when it reaches my biscuit time they come to me, If I'm asleep they wake me and if during the night I start to get a low blood sugar (which they can smell the pheromones of) they wake me to get a biscuit. In the process warning me of a low blood sugar which would otherwise have left me with an awful headache or worse.
Therefore, is you have a dog and you have diabetes, let them lick the crease in your arm when you are having a low blood sugar and give them a biscuit, also reward them when you have your regular biscuits and your dogs may just become a helpful, and happy to help as Bree is.
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