Companion dogs alert owners to changing blood sugar levels

Jennifer Shaw, a reporter for the Contra Costa Times, recently wrote an article about Early Alert Canines. Here’s an excerpt of her story:

Four women and a child can now move through their days with a little less angst because of the prompts they now get, be they a gentle nudge, or a more boisterous pawing.

Chrystal Mota, of Sacramento, crosses the street with her service dog Leslie, from Early Alert Canines
Photo by Dan Honda, CCT staff photographer

The nonprofit, Concord-based Early Alert Canines recently trained and matched these Type 1 diabetics with dogs that can detect the subtle scents of low blood sugars.

“We can’t smell it … It gets down to a molecular level,” says organization executive director Carol Edwards, noting the detection of a “cocktail of chemicals,” such as acetone, adrenaline and endorphins, which are released into the bloodstream as a diabetic’s glucose is dropping.

Read Jennifer’s full post.

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