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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.

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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.

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Our Diabetic Alert Dogs: A Unique Breed of Their Own

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There is more to a service dog than meets the eye. Service dogs have undergone a lifetime of training to help accommodate their handlers into a safer, better life. Though they might seem like normal dogs to the regular person, there is much more to them. Read to learn what makes our service dogs for diabetes unique.

1. They are selected according to their capabilities.

At SDWR, we temperament test our puppies before they are selected into our service dog training program. We test to ensure their personality is compatible with family life. We also test to validate that our puppies’ scent-capabilities are sufficient enough to detect highs and lows in blood sugar. Puppies must be in prime physical health to be considered into the training program. Through our highly selective process, SDWR chooses only the best puppies to fill the role of a service dog.

2. Proprietary Diabetic Alert Dog training.

Our Diabetic Alert Dog training program is exclusive. Instead of executing all of our service dog training onsite, we place our dogs in your home. To begin this process, we select a dog according to how well he or she will fit the lifestyle of your family. From there, our trainers visit each of our client’s homes over a two-year period to train the service dog. Our trainers visit every ninety days for a 2-3 day period. The training lasts two years. In-home training provides a chance for not only the dogs to become fully efficient service dogs – families are also trained to listen for signals and give commands to their service dogs. With ongoing training, a family and their service dog have the chance to strengthen their communication and understanding.

3. Labrador Retrievers are the best breed for service dogs. 

Sensitivity, intelligence, are only a few characteristics that describe a Labrador Retriever. From their amicable and attentive personalities, they are the best dogs for people with diabetes. Our labrador retrievers continue to fulfill their roles as service dogs and companions. They prove their intelligence through our rigorous Diabetic Alert Dog training program and through the constant safety and care they provide for their families and handlers. From what we can conclude, Labrador Retrievers are the best breed for Diabetic Alert Dogs.

4. They understand diabetes as a whole.

In a world where others can not always understand the complications of an invisible illness, it is rare to find someone who does. From the day they are selected as service dogs, until the completion of their training program, our service dogs are taught to recognize the ins and outs of diabetes and provide diabetes care. When you can’t rely on other’s to care for your loved one, there is always a Diabetic Alert Dog who can provide trust and safety.

If you are interested in learning more about dogs for people with diabetes, please contact SDWR today.


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.


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.


4 Reasons Why Labrador Retrievers Make The Great Companions

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As leading service dog providers, SDWR knows that the breed of any dog has a profound impact on their ability to fulfill their role as a service dog, as a protector, and a companion. That’s why we choose Labrador Retrievers as the top breed for our service dogs for diabetes. Labrador Retrievers are capable of completing our rigorous service dog training program, and in return providing so much to their owners not just as service dogs, but as companions as well. Read to learn why we believe Labrador Retrievers make the greatest companions for those with invisible illness.

1. Labrador Retrievers stay loyal.

If you or a loved one live with an invisible illness such as diabetes, it’s important to know that your service dog will always be there for you. You want to know that he or she is by your side, ready to alert in any instance. You want to be able to count on your service dog not just sometimes, but at all times. We have pride knowing that Labrador Retrievers are devoted dogs that will always be there for you, in good times and stressful times as well.

2. They are guardians by nature.

This is the most defining feature of why Labrador Retrievers are one of the best Diabetic Alert Dog breeds. Service dogs for diabetes are there to do just that: protect and guard. Guard from highs and lows, retrieve medications and food, as well as protect their handler from the emotional complications that come with diabetes. With knowing this, many SDWR clients learn why Labrador Retrievers are the best dogs for Diabetics.

3. Labrador retrievers are one of the most intelligent and intuitive dogs.

We’ve seen it firsthand, it takes a lot of effort and intelligence to fill the role of a service dog. When a person’s health is at stake, it takes an acute sense of intelligence and intuition to act immediately and protect. These are the characteristics we look when selecting our service dogs for service dog training and placements. The aptitude to sense danger in sharp highs and lows and to act upon it in every instance is a true gift, one that is apparent in Labrador Retrievers.

4. Most of all, they are the best dogs for Diabetics.

Yes, companionship is important when evaluating if a service dog is the right fit for you. There is always more to the equation. You want to know that your service dog will fill their role as diabetes protector. It is important to us as much it is to you that a service dog is capable of understanding diabetes and it’s complications. It’s important to us that we choose a Diabetic Alert Dog breed that proves to produce the best dog for Diabetics. Fortunately, we’ve been able to see that.

If you are a loved one are in need of a service dog for Diabetic children or adults, please contact us 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.


Investing in a Service Dog: 5 Reasons to Start Today

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Service dogs can be a miracle for families. There is so much they provide that it’s hard to consider not introducing one to your household. There are many families out there that dream of owning a service dog for their loved ones, and many wait to take the necessary steps to make it happen. As service dog providers, we know that there are more reasons not to wait on getting a service dog than there are in extensively waiting to make your decision. If you’re considering investing in a service dog, read to learn why you should get started today!

1. It takes time to get the process started.

Receiving a service dog doesn’t happen right then and there. There’s a lot that goes into the process, from beginning to end. In the course of obtaining a service dog, you will go through an initial screening. In most cases, families spend time fundraising for service dogs, in addition of the cost of a Diabetic Alert Dog offset by our non-profit.

Yes, having a service dog in your home does take a while. SDWR believes in quality training and  placement as well as making sure you end up with a service dog that fits perfectly in your household. For this reason, it’s a good idea to think ahead and get started early in the process.

2. Financing through fundraising.

There are always ways to afford the cost of a Diabetic Alert Dog. Though fundraising for service dogs is very effective, it still takes time and effort. Planning for community events, functions and executing any fundraising strategy will take time. Though it takes a while, you should not overlook the time it takes to match the cost that we offset. It’s not necessary to have all of your finances ready up front, but it still does help ease the transition in obtaining a service dog for you or your loved one.

3. Training won’t be short.

Providing a fully functional, top-notch service dog is our primary goal. We want to ensure your dog fulfills his or her job in keeping their handler safe, protected and loved. To achieve our goal, we’ve developed a proprietary training program to ensure our dogs are competent in their duties. This starts with a highly selective process in choosing our service dogs. Only pups with the highest scent and physical capabilities are selected to be trained as service dogs. From then on, they are placed with a family according to their temperament and personality traits.

The real training begins in your home, where one of our professional dog trainers visits every every 90 days for training sessions. Training continues over a two-year period. Yes, it does take a long time to complete our rigorous standards for training. Service dog raining applies not only to our dogs, but to families as well. There are signals and other communication aspects that a family must get familiar wit to fully communicate with and understand their dog.

4. The dangers of invisible illness won’t go away.

If you or a loved one are affected by an invisible illness, you know that it’s hard to find safety in every moment. There will be times when you wonder what dangers will approach you or your loved ones next. A sharp high or low presents its own kind of dangers. Letting the instability of your invisible illness be presented to you on a daily basis increases your risk of harm, and this harm is never-ending. Through a service dog, you can put an end to your worries and overcome the dangers of living with diabetes. Our Diabetic Alert Dogs are the perfect tool in making safety a priority.

5. You’re waiting on living a fuller life.

In the face of invisible illness, it’s hard to find that balance between living a happy life and and taking care of daily struggles. Through your service dog, this balance is more than possible. You can alleviate any of the worries and isolation that come from living with diabetes. Our Diabetic Alert Dogs make great companions and provide unconditional love and relief despite any health complications. Through a service dog you and your loved one can find peace, independence and safety. With all that our Diabetic Alert Dogs have to offer, there’s no reason to wait on enjoying an enhanced quality of life.

If you or a loved one are in need of a service dog, contact us today.


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