Amazingly dogs can help diabetes sufferers in ways that modern technology cannot. While a glucose monitor can detect high sugar levels, the chemicals produced during low blood sugar incidents have not been identified, so machines can only record drops after they happen.
Dustin Hill and Dylan Calamoneri, rely on diabetic alert dogs to warn them well before their blood glucose levels are too low, allowing the dog owners to take preventive measures before the actual drop in sugar levels occur. Dustin, who used to experience unconsciousness more than six times in a two week period, lost consciousness only once in the 3 months he has had Tippy, a Labrador/Golden Retriever mix. Dylan on the other hand, has Celeste, to alert him, even waking up from a nap when she smells dropping sugar levels.
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