Imagine spending your days worrying about the possibility of a low blood sugar drop. You have no idea when it could happen and you know that it could trigger a seizure or even result in a coma. Worst of all, your ability to predict these drops has decreased so much that you’re afraid to go anywhere, or do something that might take you too far from treatment.
What you just read could be the life of a person with Type 1 Diabetes who has developed Hypoglycemia Unawareness. Being exposed to low blood sugar over and over decreases the body’s ability to recognize it, causing fewer and fewer symptoms. These symptoms are the body’s way of sounding the alarm. Too many times people with Hypoglycemia Unawareness do not know their blood sugar is low until they wake up on the floor after a seizure or in the hospital.
Now, imagine that you had someone with you who knows when there is an low blood sugar drop coming. In fact, they know earlier than you ever would have known, even with a fully functioning hypoglycemia alarm. Think of the possibilities: the feeling of relief of not fearing a drop and having the freedom to confidently go anywhere. Imagine if that someone with you was a dog.
There is no doubt dogs can do amazing things that improve our lives. For example, we have discovered that dogs have the ability to smell chemical changes in our bodies when someone’s blood sugar starts to get low. We can make the most of this amazing ability with special training designed to forewarn the onset of hypoglycemia crisis. With a simple but telling nudge, a trained dog alerts their person to a low blood sugar drop that they did not know was coming. A quick test, a little sugar, and everyone can go on with their day, no crisis, no emergency, just the wonderful feeling of security and independence.
ICAN places dogs within Indiana and placement is determined by our Client Placement Team on what dog will work best for that particular type of placement. There is a 1-3 year wait time for a dog and sometimes longer for an autism assist dog. ICAN charges a $75 non-refundable application fee and a one-time fee of $2,500, or whatever the fee is at the time you receive your dog. We then work with the client and dog team at no additional charge for the life of that partnership as as new needs arise. How to Apply.
TO QUALIFY FOR A DIABETIC ALERT DOG, ALL APPLICANTS MUST LIVE WITHIN A 50 MILES RADIUS OF INDIANAPOLIS AND NO OTHER DOGS CAN BE IN THE HOUSEHOLD.
People who are thinking about applying for a service dog often have many questions about their eligibility and the process. Please refer to our FAQ section for many answers to common questions. If your specific question is not addressed, please contact us, or call Sandi, our Director of Client Services at 317-672-3865.
NOTE: Diabetic must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be eligible to apply for a Diabetic Alert Dog.
TO QUALIFY FOR A DIABETIC ALERT DOG, ALL APPLICANTS MUST LIVE WITHIN A 50 MILES RADIUS OF INDIANAPOLIS.