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What is a diabetic assistance dog?

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 17:34:20 +0000

A diabetic assistance dog (sometimes called a diabetic alert dog) is a dog that has been trained to identify changes in blood sugar levels by smell and alert its handler or a caregiver to medically unsafe changes.

Diabetic assistance dogs provide continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels. This promotes health by allowing the dogs' diabetic partners to maintain their blood sugar level in a healthier range, significantly reducing both short-term and long-term complications of diabetes.




What is the difference between a service dog and an assistance dog?

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 17:21:15 +0000

Many people and organizations use the terms service dog and assistance dog interchangeably. However, at Eyes Ears Nose and Paws, we do distinguish between the two terms.

At Eyes Ears Nose and Paws, a service dog is a type of assistance dog that is trained to work with individuals with mobility impairments. Many of these individuals are wheelchair users.

"Assistance dog" is a general term we use to refer to any dog that assists an individual with a specific task or tasks. Types of assistance dogs include guide dogs, hearing dogs, service dogs, and medical alert dogs, among others.