Autumn is 12 years old she has type 1 diabetes which means she is insulin dependent . This means that she will have to take multiple insulin injections Dailey . She is also hypoglycemia unaware which means that she is unaware when her glucose levels drop which is very dangerous , when a persons glucose levels drop they can have seizures , go into a diabetic coma , or even die. We monitor her levels around the clock .
We are trying to raise money for a Diabetic Alert Dog .
HOW DOGS ARE TRAINED TO SNIFF OUT LOW BLOOD SUGAR
Dogs can detect a subtle odor that occurs when declining blood sugar changes body chemistry, experts say.
During training, dogs are rewarded for detecting that shift in diabetics and alerting their owners to the problem by barking, whining, licking a hand or using some other signaling method.
Once fully trained, these dogs can alert not only their owners, but also any other diabetes sufferers whose body scent indicates a low-blood-sugar problem.
How do they do it?
The obvious question that everyone asks is how a dog can tell when a person is hypoglycemic, or has low blood glucose. The answer: They probably smell it.
"With its superior sense of smell and good ability to read body language, a dog can be taught to react to different situations," says Dr. Dodman, the author of several books on animal behavior, including If Only They Could Speak (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002). "A diabetes alert dog picks up on an odor, and he is trained when this particular smell is around to alert his owners, because he will get a food treat."
When a person has hypoglycemia, there is not enough glucose to make his brain function properly, so the body releases chemicals to raise blood glucose levels. If the body cannot raise the blood glucose level on its own, the person may become confused, pass out, have a seizure, or even die. Doctors usually recommend treating for hypoglycemia when a person's blood glucose level falls below 70 mg/dl.
Among the chemicals the body releases in response to hypoglycemia are ketones. And just as narcotics dogs can smell drugs and search and rescue dogs can smell bodies, diabetes alert dogs appear to be able to recognize the unique odor of ketones, as well as of other chemicals released by the body.
This Diabetic Alert Dog would be with Autumn around the clock , this dog would be our guardian angel for Autumn . These Diabetic Alert Dogs are very expensive the price ranges from $10000.00 to $20000.00 . This is why I'm asking for help.
Also donations can be sent to South Louisiana Bank 2010 bayou blue road ,houma la 70364
Ph# 985-876-9098 .
If you can help any way such as advertising , fundraising ,money donations.etc....
Please give me a call @ 985-226-0835
or mail me at 611 Terre Haute Pl Houma La 70364
Thank you : Cindy Ru