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Diabetic Alert Dog Alerts and Retrieves Meter

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The SDWR Difference for Diabetes

As service dog providers, we’ve seen first hand how Diabetes can affect not only the individual, but his or her family as well. Constant care, a lack of sleep, and unshakable fear from highs and lows are all realities a diabetes care taker faces. Diabetic individuals themselves might have a hard time living life fully, due to the limitations of coping with diabetes.

Through SDWR’s highly-trained Diabetic Assistance Dogs, thousands of individuals and families lives have been touched. With our service dogs, those struck by invisible illness can find independence from fear and around-the clock care. Having a service dog as a companion promotes freedom, and keeps you safe from hitting sharp highs and lows. As we know, investing in a Diabetic Alert Dog is a solid investment in your mental and physical health.

For more information about our Diabetic Alert Dogs visithttp://www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetic-alert/

Watch this service dog alert to a high and retrieve the meter!

 

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas For Diabetics

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Enjoying Turkey with all the perfect sides is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. But how can you enjoy a day of delicious goodness while keeping your blood sugar in check? Here are a few meal tips and recipes that will ensure you have the best holiday!

Planning For your Food:

  • Portion Control- Rather than eating large portions all at once, use a smaller plate and enjoy the food throughout the day.
  • Plan Your Plate- The American Diabetes Association has a meal planning guide that helps diabetics plan a healthy plate.
  • Watch The Ingredients- Many dishes have sneaky little add ins that you may not consider. From a little extra butter in the potatoes to a cup of sugar in cranberry sauce, making yourself aware of the extras can help you save yourself from a scare.
  • Focus on Family- So many times, we get worried about the carb counts and turn a holiday into a stressful event. Instead, focus on having fun, eating when you are hungry and enjoying this Thanksgiving.

Carbohydrate Conscious Recipes:

  • Basic Turkey Gravy: Keep sodium, fat, and carbs low with this essential Thanksgiving staple. Find recipe here!
    • Calories – 47
    • Carbohydrates – 4g
    • Total Fat – 3g
    • Protein – 1g
  • Low Carb Sweet Potato Recipe: This wonderful recipe will remind you of when you were young, but keep your blood sugars in check.Find recipe here!
    • Calories – 95
    • Carbohydrates – 14g
    • Total Fat – 4g
    • Protein – 1g
    • Dietary Fiber – 2g
  • Green Bean Casserole: A great traditional side dish that includes a bonus of 4g fiber and a depth of flavor. Find recipe here!
    • Calories – 84
    • Carbohydrates – 9g
    • Total Fat – 4g
    • Protein – 3g
    • Dietary Fiber – 4g

 

Diabetes: More Than Insulin

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Diabetes: More than Just Insulin

A quick look at Type 2 diabetes in contrast with Type 1 because there’s so much more to this invisible disability than people know.

Although diabetes is extremely common in the US, diagnosed in over 29 million Americans, knowledge of medication is somewhat limited.  Most education focuses solely on prevention, keeping the population in the dark about what their treatment options are in terms of medication.  Many people assume that there are two extremes of type 2 diabetes, those who are insulin dependent and those who are not. However, there are many diabetes medications available that your doctor might prescribe – it doesn’t start and end with injecting insulin.  Being aware of the drug treatments available helps adjusting to your diabetic medication routine easier, particularly since your medication needs may change over time.

If you have just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you’re likely to be put on metformin. Metformin helps your body use insulin more effectively by making the tissues of your body more sensitive to insulin.  However, metformin is not a miracle drug on its own and does have some side effects such as Combined with weight loss and exercise, this medication lowers your blood glucose to more ideal levels.  The next line of defense are sulfonylureas and meglitinides.  Under the brand names DiaBeta, Glynase, Gluctotrol, Amaryl, Prandin, and Starlix both of these types of medications help the body secrete more insulin.  Although these medications do have some side effects, such as weight gain and low blood sugar there is less risk with meglitinides because this class of drugs stays in the body for less time. There are also new medications called SGLT2 inhibitors that act defensively by preventing your kidneys from reabsorbing whatever sugar is in your blood, which may help prevent insulin responses and diabetes complications.  

Contrary to type 1 diabetes where insulin therapy is the first line of treatment since they can’t produce their own insulin, it is the last step of treatment depending on how your type 2 diabetes is progressing. Insulin is always injected, comes in many types, and its dosage varies by both time of day and amount. Some people may inject insulin in the morning, some at night, and others only need one long lasting shot each day and all administration is demonstrated by your doctor.  Keep in mind, these are only a few of the types of diabetes medications you may encounter and thoroughly educating yourself on your options as well as your current medications makes coping with your type 2 diabetes easier.

Value of a Diabetic Alert Dog

The Value of a Diabetic Alert Dog

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If dogs are considered “man’s best friend,” then what would you say a Diabetic Alert Dog is? “Man’s BFF?” These service dogs for Diabetics provide the companionship, devotion, and unconditional love of an untrained dog and add on the abilities to be a caregiver for those with diabetes. With this additional role comes freedom, security, therapy, stress relief, and peace of mind. This added value far surpasses the cost of a diabetic alert dog.

Diabetic Alert Dogs Bring Joy Back Into Normal Life

For Diabetics, each day brings another challenge and struggle. Enjoying life to it’s fullest is not taken for granted for those with this invisible illness. Monitoring blood sugar levels is a constant reminder of how restraining life can be. But with Diabetic Alert Dogs, freedom can be achieved for both Diabetics as well as their caregivers. Service dogs are trained to provide care in social settings which allows for a normal lifestyle once again.

Service Dogs for Diabetics are Always There for You

Most individuals with diabetes are able to keep a close eye on their levels throughout the day. But what happens if levels fall out of range while asleep? Service dogs for Diabetics are trained to alert those afflicted with this invisible illness, even in the middle of the night. Alert dogs are able to give you a good night’s rest by knowing that you will be alerted to sharp highs and lows, bringing food and medication, activating third party support and even calling 911 for help in an emergency.

Value vs Cost of a Diabetic Alert Dog

Diabetic Alert Dogs offer compelling abilities and traits to those with diabetes. Which begs the question, is it worth the cost? Before that question can be answered however, there are a few things to consider. At SDWR, we award grants to winners who complete specific applications. To find when submissions are open, periodically visit our Facebook page. Another great way to make service dogs more affordable is through fundraising. This option brings you closer to your community, keeps you active and gives a sense of satisfaction through raising diabetes awareness. A simple search online can provide ideas for creative fundraisers. Lastly, coming up with a budget will help plan and prepare for the total cost. SDWR also offers payment plans to those who are interested in investing in a service dog.

It’s not easy to put a price on freedom, joy, protection, companionship, and safety. But with everything that goes into making our service dogs so great, you will see the obvious value that Diabetic Alert Dogs have on your life. If you would like to learn more about how you can have your own service dog, contact SDWR today.

Service Dogs are a Diabetic’s Best Friend

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Daily life can be emotionally and physically complicated for those with diabetes. And not everyone has a support system of family and friends that they can count on to help care for them. But at SDWR, we’ve witnessed numerous instances where assistance dogs provide exceptional support in helping their handler with persistent and dedicated care. Service dogs are always there when you need them and this loyalty and compassion creates a strong bonding friendship.

Diabetic Alert Dogs Watch Your Back

It’s difficult to relax and enjoy life for individuals and families affected by diabetes. Constant monitoring blood sugar levels can be taxing, and the constant stress feels like it will never end. But with a Diabetic Alert Dog, you can rest assured knowing that you will be diligently monitored and alerted of your blood sugar levels. Your daily life doesn’t have to be affected by stress. With an intelligent and highly trained service dog, you can finally shed your stress.

Service Dogs for Diabetics Work Hard and Play Hard

Service dogs for Diabetics provide endless support, day in and day out. They will even alert you of dangerous blood sugar levels in the middle of the night. We have given these hard working dogs thorough training on how to be the best Diabetic alert dog. The are capable giving you peace through early alerts for sharp highs and lows, access third party support, retrieve pertinent food and diabetes medication and even can Dial 911 in an emergency.

As if these benefits weren’t enough, service dogs for diabetics bring an overwhelming amount of joy and laughter with their companionship. They like to let loose and play as this Diabetic can attest to.

“But at home she is just my friend. When the vest comes off, she’s crazy. She loves to run around and play. She has a good, normal dog life. She sleeps on my pillow at night. We definitely have developed a very close relationship.”

Receiving Diabetes Care From a True Friend

Understanding the daily struggles and significance of an invisible illness like diabetes can be difficult for some. Others may not be able to relate or understand how to give diabetes care. But a Diabetic alert dog will always be there for you. A compassionate and loving service dog at the end of the day is priceless for any Diabetic and their family. Through their love, affection and the safety they provide, you will always find solace in your service dog. Your Diabetic alert dog will always be your best friend.

Are you or a loved one seeking a service dog? Contact SDWR, one of the best service dog providers.

When Diabetes Becomes Too Much to Handle

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The daily cares of diabetes can be tiring for any diabetes care taker. From constant monitoring for highs and lows, counting carbohydrates, and worrying about your loved one, diabetes can become too much to handle. At SDWR, we identify with those caring for their loved one with invisible illness. We have seen our service dogs act as miracles in the lives of those with and caring for Diabetes. Read to learn how service dogs for diabetes play a role when diabetes become too much to handle.

Dogs for People with Diabetes Add a Layer of Protection

Safety is most likely your first concern as a diabetes care taker. Highs and lows in blood sugar are detrimental to your loved one’s health. Even though you can constantly monitor for highs and lows, there is still a chance a high or low might slip through. Type 1 diabetes alert dogs are here for this very reason. They are trained to sense high and low blood sugars much longer before they occur, and alert for these changes in blood sugar. They are also capable of retrieving third party support and food and medication. With SDWR service dog training, our Diabetic Alert Dogs add the protection that those caring for diabetes seek.

Service Dogs for Diabetes Change Lives

There is more to the benefits that service dogs for people with diabetes provide. Yes, they offer protection, and with this protection comes a peace of mind. Knowing that there is another caring individual by your loved one’s side makes diabetes care that much easier. Not only do service dogs play a crucial role in the safety of your Diabetic loved one, they play a crucial role in giving you help within diabetes care.

Finding Independence for You and Your Loved One

You don’t want to live with diabetes care forever, and you want your Diabetic loved one to lead a normal life free from constant care and monitoring. When looking for options to find that independence, type 1 diabetes alert dogs are the best option. From their caring nature to their rigorous training, they are the perfect companion to keep your loved one safe and allow them to lead a fuller, more independent life.

Find a Service Dog for Diabetes Today

At SDWR, our mission is to provide service dogs for those with invisible illness, while offsetting the actual cost of a service dog. If you or a loved one are interested in a type 1 diabetes alert dog, please contact SDWR today.

 

SDWR Tips: Finding Balance in Diabetes Care

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Diabetes as an invisible illness is difficult to manage, both mentally and physically. As a diabetes caretaker, waking up throughout the night to check on your loved one leaves you feeling tired. Mentally, the stress, fear and constant care can leave you in low spirits. To counter the effects that diabetes care presents,  it is important to take time for yourself and learn to keep a balance between diabetes and enjoying life. Read the following tips on how you can find the right balance between living life while caring for diabetes.

Have Fun with Your Diabetic Loved One

There’s no reason you and your Diabetic loved one can’t have fun together. There are so many healthy options to engage in. Spending time not only alleviates the stress of diabetes care, it gives you and your loved one a chance to bond and enjoy life. Exercising together, walking and traveling are all great ways to have fun. Don’t let diabetes care consume your life, make time for activities for you and your Diabetic loved one.

Have Your Support System

It’s not the easiest accomplishment to handle diabetes care alone. It’s true that most of the general public does not understand the real nuances and complications of diabetes care. However, there’s an abundance of support available through diabetes non-profits, online communities and most likely a local community that supports diabetes. Keep in mind that there are thousands of diabetes care takers experiencing what you experience on a daily basis. Connect with them, share your story, and build your support system for diabetes care. The SDWR Diabetic Alert Dog forum is a great place to start meeting others that either live with or care for diabetes.

Be Sure to Take Care of Yourself Too

It’s easy to only focus on your loved one to ensure they stay safe and protected from what diabetes can do. Yes, diabetes regulation is your top priority. But remember, if you fail to care for yourself, being the best possible caretaker will prove to be more challenging. To prevent burn out, take the time to engage in what you enjoy, or recharge your batteries through travel, hobbies and more. As mentioned, this is very do-able when you involve your Diabetic loved one!

Service Dogs for Diabetics Provide Relief

As service dog providers, we’ve seen Diabetic Alert Dogs have a powerful impact on the lives of Diabetics and diabetes care takers. They are trained to alert before highs and lows occur, so you can have have a better peace of mind knowing your loved one is being watched and you are being alerted. Though service dogs for Diabetics are not an answer to diabetes, they are a tool to ease the care and fear that comes alongside caring for it.

If you are looking into investing in a service dog for Diabetics, contact SDWR today.

 

Finding Answers Through Pilot, the Diabetic Alert Dog

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One of our favorite Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers testimonials – From the Hummel Report

With so many lives affected by diabetes, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers works endlessly to select, train and provide service to those in need. In this video, we find insights in the life of a family and their Diabetic loved one, Matt. The video begins showcasing the intense care required to keep a Diabetic safe and healthy.  As most diabetes care takers can relate, Matt’s mother Kate mentions, “Diabetes unfortunately takes over the entire house. It’s a beast…everything is about diabetes.”

Until she saw a Diabetic Alert Dog in action, Kate was skeptical about how much value they could add to the life of a family affected by diabetes. She then turned to SDWR for guidance in obtaining a service dog. After a few months of fundraising and community support, Matt’s family took the leap and invested in a service dog from SDWR. It was not long until Pilot entered their life.

Pilot Gives Answers

Throughout the film, we find Kate having concerns over Matt’s safety and quality of life. Like any mother, she wants her child to be able to thrive in any conditios. Through Pilot, her worries are lessened. The fear that permeates a diabetes care taker is always present. In the care of Pilot, Kate finds a peace of mind knowing Pilot is capable of alerting well before Matt hits a high or a low. A simple nudge of paw from Pilot can keep Matt safe.

As Matt grows into an adult, there are concerns about his independence and leading a normal life as a normal kid. Kate wants Matt to be able to live independently at some point, in which she states,

“Just having that independence that every ten year old boy should have…going to a sleepover, going to his friend’s house..those are the things we want for him…there’s a  freedom that you wish for your children that’s gone in that moment when they tell you [about diabetes]..for Matt, it’s just knowing somebody has his back.”

That somebody is Pilot. Through a Diabetic Alert Dog, Matt’s family can find more ease in living an enhanced quality of life.

SDWR Provides the Best Diabetic Alert Dogs For Your Loved One

From start to finish, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is involved in providing families affected by invisible illness with a service dog. We evaluate the lifestyle and needs of every family to match them with a perfect dog. When the service dog is placed in a family’s home, our highly-professional trainers come to help train the dog, as well as the family. Out process is two-sided requiring training and support on our part, as well as training for the recipient. We know the cost of a diabetes dog for kids or adults can be overwhelming. As a non-profit, our goal is to offset the cost of providing those with invisible illness a service dog, making a better life easier for everyone. Read our SDWR reviews and testimonials for more.

If you or a loved one are in need of a juvenile diabetes dog, feel free to contact us today.

 

Is Diabetes Getting in the Way of Living Life?

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For those affected by diabetes, you know there are daily struggles that you can’t get around. At Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, we identify with thousands of Diabetics and families living with this invisible illness. We know it can be hard. We know there are days that are more difficult than most. We know diabetes is capable of impeding on the daily joys of life. We also want to let you know that it’s possible to still lead a normal and healthy life despite the burden of diabetes. Read to learn how you can live a flourishing life through invisible illness.

Find a Support System

Living with diabetes shouldn’t be an individual effort. Having a strong support system makes life easier, and lessens the mental stresses of this invisible illness. You can always find support through your family members, your friends or you local community. Sometimes, that may not be enough. In that case, online communities and forums act as an outlet to let you share your stories, tips and thoughts about living with diabetes or diabetes care. Online communities are great in connecting Diabetics and their families to similar people all around the world. With a strong support system, living with diabetes is easier. Knowing there are individuals that support your mission to lead a healthy life is priceless. Having an online community lets you know there are others out there, just like you. Finding your support system, whether online or through your community, is crucial in keeping diabetes from getting the best of you.

Take Action Through a Diabetic Alert Dog

The cycle of diabetes doesn’t end. Good news, neither do your options for finding support for a healthy life. In addition to family, friends and an online community, investing in a Diabetic Alert Dog is one of the best actions you can take in keeping healthy and happy. Whether you are a Diabetic or diabetes care taker, a service dog is a miracle. Service dogs for people with diabetes provide endless support: they understand diabetes as an invisible illness. Through their service dog training, our diabetes dogs are capable of:

*Giving you peace through early alerts for sharp highs and lows
*Accessing third party support
*Retrieving pertinent food and diabetes medication
*Dialing 911

As if these benefits weren’t enough, service dogs for people with diabetes bring an insurmountable level of joy, happiness and hope for all affected by diabetes. As service dog providers, SDWR has seen Diabetic Alert Dogs change the lives of thousands affected by this disease. Pushing through the struggles of diabetes is do-able. Take action on a simpler life through a Diabetic Alert Dog.

Putting it All Together

It might be hard to believe that you are capable of carrying on a life with fewer struggles in diabetes. As aleading service dog providers and a non-profit, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers wants you to know there is hope, and it’s not far. Reach out today to your community, whether local or online and start building a life around those who support you. If you haven’t already started, begin to consider investing in a Diabetic Alert Dog to carry you through stressful times, and to alert for the highs and lows that put your or your loved one’s life in jeopardy. With these steps, SDWR guarantees you can regain your life, despite diabetes.

If you or a loved one are considering a service dog for people with diabetes, please contact SDWR today.

 

Comforting Advice for Living with Type 1 Diabetes

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes is undoubtedly a challenge that individuals and their loved ones face. From constant care, fear and prevention to sharp highs and lows, life can seem difficult and heavy. At Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, we want you to know that fear and constant care are not the only option. As service dog providers, it’s our job to let you know there’s help, support and community out there for other families and individuals just like you. Read to find comforting advice for living with Type 1 Diabetes.

You Are Never Alone

Yes, Type 1 Diabetes might be an invisible illness, but it’s that doesn’t mean it can’t affect the lives of individuals on a large scale. There are thousands of families across North America living with the effects of diabetes. Though diabetes might cause you, your family or your loved ones to feel isolated, remember there are others just like you. At SDWR, we’ve created a community where those with invisible illness have a space to connect with one another through fighting against diabetes. Other non-profits such as JDRF and the American Diabetes Association create a community for support, awareness and an ongoing fight against diabetes. With unwavering support in our community and others that identify with the same struggles, you are never alone.

There Are Miracles

As service dog providers, we know through experience that lives can be changed through a diabetes service dog. Often times, individuals come to us with the hope that there might be an answer to the worry, stress, panic and fear that comes along with living with diabetes on a daily basis. Our dogs for diabetic children and adults have proven to be miracles in this sense. Our service dogs have brought families peace, safety and security in their lives. The independence that both the diabetes care taker and the Diabetic find is priceless. Through years of service as the leading service dog providers, we are sure you can believe that SDWR’s Diabetic Alert Dogs are nothing less than miracles. Read this family’s story of how their diabetes service dog Skittles helped in alerting:

“Earlier today Em & her Meme checked and she was 127.

“They drove about 10 min home and Skittles met them at the door nudging Meme’s leg repeatedly, over & over.

He continued to follow them around nudging her leg until it dawned on my mother to ask Skittles if Em needed to check, when, then he pawed her.

So, bg of 55! Great low Bubba!!”

Finding Help with Diabetes Care is a Possibility

In the real world, there are not too many people who understand the complications, health risks, issues and other factors that go into caring for diabetes. Without support, diabetes care takers often find themselves feeling exhausted, burned out and miss out on living a full life free from fear and constant care.

Our service dogs are not just service dogs. They are raised to understand diabetes as a disease inside and out. From the time they are born, SDWR’s Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to recognize blood sugar fluctuations and changes in their owners. Unlike the general public, diabetes service dogs understand invisible illness, and make it their job to provide safety and care. If you find that diabetes care leaves you feeling worn, tired and in fear, it might be time to consider looking into a service dog.

SDWR provides dogs for diabetes children and adults. If you or a loved one are in need of a diabetic dog, contact SDWR today.

 

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