Diabetes is a disease which is a lifelong condition that is caused by insufficient supply of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is made by the pancreas and it helps by breaking down glucose into energy. If a person has diabetes, the body is unable to handle this process because there is not enough insulin to make the sugar get into the cells. If sugar can’t get into the cells, it builds up in the bloodstream, which is referred to as high blood sugar levels.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is often known as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking and destroying the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Because of the lack of insulin, the glucose level increases, causing severe damage to the body organs. This type of diabetes usually develops during the teenage years and requires insulin injections for a lifetime. Type 2 diabetes is a very common type of diabetes, which usually develops in adulthood and is known as insulin-resistant diabetes. This means that the body does not make enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin. It is progressive but can be controlled by simply eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, and proper monitoring of blood sugar levels.
If an individual has diabetes, it could greatly affect their everyday activities for the rest of their lives. Many tools are used to deal with diabetes and a diabetic alert dog is one effective tool for families to help their loved ones to deal with this condition. At Hub City Service Dogs, we focus and specialize in training diabetic alert dogs to help diabetic individuals improve their lives. From picking up things needed by an individual to sensing and reacting if the blood sugar goes high or too low, we always make sure that we train dogs that are unique in their ability to meet the needs of an individual and their family.
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Izzy helps an amazing young man named Jack to take on his type 1 diabetes! Izzy loves Jack and regularly
alerts the change in his blood glucose levels before the meter alerts. Izzy attends school with Jack and helps his parents and nurses take care of his needs in the best ways possible. Jack and Izzy have their own Facebook page documenting their journey together: https://www.facebook.com/jackandizzy.
They are an amazing team who are learning to navigate life with type 1 diabetes together.
Meet Buddy! He is a type 1 diabetes detection dog for Maddy. Maddy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013 at the age of four. Buddy has a strong bond with Maddy and pays attention to where she is and what she is doing. He is trained to detect diabetic odors and alert when her blood sugar levels are too high or too low. Dr. Mayfield III, Maddy's father, says, “[diabetic service dogs are] just another fail safe in case technology does not do its job, then you have nature to back it up…any potential safety net that you can provide for a child is well worth it.” We couldn't agree more!
Meet Vinnie! Vinnie is a Canoe Lab who helps a wonderful gentleman named Hal. Hal is a paraplegic who also has diabetes. Vinnie uses his love of retrieving to help Hal. He picks up anything Hal may need from remotes and car keys to paperclips and more. He is also trained to sense when Hal's blood sugar levels get too high or too low and alert.
Meet Diva! Diva detects changes in Molly's blood sugar levels and alerts her family. Diva
did a great job all throughout her training and has done a remarkable job since joining her family. We're eager to see the great things that Molly and Diva will accomplish together!
Meet Ransom! Ransom helps a beautiful young lady named Shelby manage her type 1 diabetes. Shelby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old. Ransom has always been in tune with his family, but since joining Hub City Service Dogs he is even more in tune with Shelby and changes in her blood sugar. He regularly alerts 30 minutes before Shelby's meter will register a change. Her mother describes the program as an incredible experience and says, "diabetic alert dogs provide the comfort that a CGM can't...we trust him before the meter."
Meet Snoopie! Snoopie helps an amazing lady named Jan manage her type 1 diabetes. Jan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2003. In 2011 Jan and Snoopie found each other. Snoopie and Jan worked together through Snoopie's basic training until they hit a plateau. From that point, Jan and Snoopie began working with Hub City Service Dogs. Snoopie now alerts Jan to high and low blood sugars consistently, making sure that Jan checks her sugar levels by walking up Jan and pinning her down to check her breath and then have her check her levels.
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Since 2013, Hub City Service Dogs has been providing
reliable service dogs to people who are disabled or suffering from medical disorders.
Our current service area is within a 100 mile radius of our location in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Get more details on our service by calling us at 601-596-4495 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.