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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!

 

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.

Keeping Your Diabetes Assistance Dog Healthy & Happy

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Having a diabetes assistance dog is a blessing. They’re able to protect your loved ones, provide you peace and relieve the stresses of diabetes care. On top of all that, they’re your best friend and companion. Though dogs for people with diabetes will always give more than they can, it’s important to remember they also need love and care. Just as they provide you with so much, you must also provide them with a healthy, happy life. To care for your service dog read the following tips on ensuring they are happy, healthy, and as fulfilled as you are.

  1. Get moving. Exercise is important for you, your loved ones and your service dog. There’s no reason to leave anyone out in fun activities. When you make the effort to walk or run with your dog, you put them (and yourself!) in good spirits, while giving them the movement they need to keep their good health.
  2. Invest in quality dog food. We can’t say this enough. A dog’s diet makes all the difference in how they feel mentally and physically. The type of dog food you supply also extends the longevity of your dog.
  3. Schedule consistent grooming for your diabetes assistance dog. It may not seem like grooming can have such an effect on a dog, but it can! Just as you feel clean and refreshed after a shower or haircut, so does your dog. To keep grooming consistent for your dog, schedule it in your calendar as a reminder.
  4. Play games with your dog, even if it’s for a short while. Again, playing games with your dog can also provide the physical exercise they need, while stimulating their minds and keeping them sharp. Your Diabetic Alert Dog can recognize when you stay involved with him or her. Play time is a great way to provide stimulation and care for your dog.

Dogs for people with diabetes are more than just dogs. For some, they are a life-line and a crucial tool in keeping up with the nuances that diabetes care presents. With all that they give, it’s essential to keep their physical and mental health at it’s best. Follow these tips on a regular basis, and you’ll see the difference in a happier, healthier dog. To learn more about obtaining a Diabetic Alert Dog, contact SDWR today.

 

Finding Inspiration Through Your Diabetes Service Dog

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You might be wondering, how does a service dog help with diabetes? There are so many answers to this question. From their physical support in protecting their Diabetic handlers from highs and lows to keeping them safe in retrieving medication juices, etc., it’s a given that service dogs for Diabetics will provide anyone with safety and protection. Besides the invaluable physical support they provide, service dogs also stand as an inspiration to their whole family. They have so much to give that it’s difficult to not let their actions and personalities inspire you.

A True Friend

As we mentioned, labrador retrievers are the friendliest and most caring dogs, perfect for kids with diabetes and families. There is never a moment your Diabetic Alert Dog will let you down. SDWR clients are more than happy to report that their service dog has become more than a service dong in their family, they almost always become a close companion through their loyalty and love for their owners. As we know, having a companion like a diabetes service dog can have a major positive effect on anyone’s life.

Your Support System

Finding compassion and understanding in the face of invisible illness can prove to be difficult. While others do not understand the physical and emotional complications of living with Diabetes, your Diabetic Alert Dog always does. At SDWR, our dogs are trained to understand invisible illness, so they are better able to support their loved ones. Finding a companion that understands your or your loved one’s disease and cares for it is truly something special. This is why clients turn to Service Dogs for Warren Retrievers to find a diabetes service dog for support.

Freeing You From the Difficulties of Diabetes

There are so many ways that diabetes can hold an individual from living to his or her full potential. Fortunately, there is also an answer to some of the challenges that Diabetics can and will face. Independence is almost a worry and a hope that comes across diabetes care takers, as wanting to give independence to their loved ones while still being protected from highs and lows can feel impossible. But as we know, service dogs for Diabetics can make it possible. The fear you face can be lessened through the protective and reliable nature of a diabetes service dog. Learn how Ashton comes one step closer to independence through his Diabetic Alert Dog Scooby,

“This dog has changed Ashton’s life (and ours too). Ashton’s blood sugar is under control for the first time ever. (He was always in the 200s before – when he bothered to check at all – and 300, 400, and even 500s were not unusual). His doctor was amazed to see his A1C in the “excellent” range, and signed off on his driver’s license. He now has a license for the first time – he is almost 20 years old.” Read more here.

Let SDWR Guide You Towards a Diabetes Dog

At SDWR, there is so much that we can offer a family living with the effects of diabetes. We are sure to match a service dog for you and your family’s lifestyle. From there, we come visit your home to train you and your service dog to detect, alert, fetch medication and more. Our Performance Guarantees also offers a peace of mind to clients knowing that SDWR stands behind both health and performance. If you want to know more about how a service dog can change your life, read our SDWR reviews and testimonials here.

If you are interested in service dog for Diabetics, contact us today.

 

What We Can Learn from a Diabetic Alert Dog

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In most cases, people invest in an alert dog for diabetics to ease the burden of diabetes. However, most of those who invest in a Diabetic assistance dog realize there is more than meets the eye. Our Labrador Retrievers are intelligent, responsible and loyal. Day after day, families are amazed at the love, support and safety they provide. From a Diabetic Alert Dog, there is so much we can learn about being a friend, a companion, and most of all a miracle worker. Here are a few things we’ve learned from our service dogs over the years.

1. It pays to be there for someone you love.

Dogs for diabetes know first hand what’s it’s like to constantly be there and care for another. Through their disciplined and trustworthy behavior, assistance dogs are always appreciated and loved unconditionally by their family or caretaker.

2. A lifelong friend will always care for you.

There is never a time an alert dog for diabetics will not stay alert to protect his or her handler. Diabetic assistance dogs will always fulfill their duties. As service dogs providers, we’ve seen owners return just as much love and care for their service dogs.

3. A service dog will become a best friend.

You might not expect to make a great friend through a service dog. Because our service dogs have a sense of providing care, love and affection, there is no denying that you won’t end up loving your service dog just as much as he or she loves you. You’ll be surprised to find that he or she will become a best friend of yours, in just a matter of days!

4. Diabetes doesn’t have to be a burden.

Because diabetes is an invisible disease, with no known cure, it may feel hopeless living with it on a day to day basis. The constant diabetes care and endless worries make living life a little harder. But with a dog for diabetes, the burden can be eased. With another individual who understands invisible illness and help keep you worry-free through highs and lows, you can believe that a service dog can create a higher quality of life for those with diabetes.

5. Miracles are possible.

As service dog providers, we’ve had many come to us with worries, fears, and expectations. And we’ve seen our Diabetic assistance dogs triumph all of these. When it feels like there’s no answer, investing in a alert dog for Diabetics proves to be a miracle. Learn what diabetes care taker Heather has to say about her diabetes service dog for her kids:

“I could write a book about all this. All this, despite the fact that dog training has not come easy for us, and we have had to learn a lot… I’m sure you have heard this many, many times. I just wanted you to know what a miracle it is in yet another family’s lives. Thanks, Heather.” Read more about Heather’s story here.

Independence and more freedom from diabetes care is possible with one of our dogs for diabetes. Our Labrador Retrievers give more than you will believe. A friend, a caretaker, and an answer to your hopes and problems is what they can prove to offer.

If you or a loved one are considering a Diabetic assistance dog for kids or adults, please contact SDWR today.

 

Diabetic Alert Dogs: Helping You Through Your Highs and Lows

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There is never a stable day in the life of a diabetic. Along with the challenges of everyday life, diabetes adds frustration, fear, and lack support in the lives of those affected by the disease. In these cases, Diabetes Alert Dogs prove to be a miracle in the day to day lives of Diabetics and their families. There are countless ways a Diabetic assistance dog can help you through the highs and lows in your life. Some benefits are apparent, and some not too apparent. If you’re wondering ‘how does a service dog help with diabetes,’ read on to find answers.

Fighting the Fear of Diabetes

If you are a diabetes care taker, sharp highs and lows in your child or loved one are always at the back of your mind. If you suffer directly from diabetes, the simple aspects of life such as leaving home, social settings, and other situations may leave you feeling afraid.

With a Diabetic assistance dog, you know you or your loved one can stay safe and secure through alerts for high and low blood sugar levels. Not only that, our Diabetes dogs are trained to retrieve third party support, retrieve medication and food, as well as dial for help on a special device. You can always count on your Diabetic Alert Dog to alert and care for you through your your fear of highs and lows.

Mental Support Through Tough Times

Not everyone in the general public understands that diabetes is an invisible illness. The disease can leave you feeling isolated, discouraged, and at loss for companionship. Luckily, your service dog can fill the gaps that prevent you from a fulfilling life. With the unconditional love and support a Diabetic Alert Dog gives your family, there is no question a service dog provides more than just physical support. Having a companion to understand an invisible illness is a blessing.

If you’re still wondering how does a service dog help with diabetes, take a look at SDWR’s scientic study proving the phyiscal and mental benefits of owning a Diabetic Assistance Dog: http://bit.ly/DiabetesResearchSDWR.

Don’t wait for a positive change in your life. If you want to know how to get a Diabetic Alert Dog, contact SDWR today.

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