What’s a DAD (Diabetic Alert Dog) and how it could save Charlie’s life!
Let’s first discuss the different types of diabetes to help better understand Charlie’s condition.
Type 1 diabetes usually is diagnosed before the age of 20, caused by the pancreas (organ that secretes insulin) destroying autoantibodies and this is why type 1 diabetics need insulin shots.
Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1, caused by insulin resistance, and this causes the insulin that is being produced not able to work correctly. So unlike type 1 diabetes, the body actually does create insulin and by changing your lifestyle (diet and exercise) you can control type 2 diabetes.
Why a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) could save Charlie’s life!
A D.A.D are dogs specially trained to assist individuals with disabilities such as diabetes. A D.A.D is “trained to use their highly sensitive scent capabilities to identify the changes in blood chemistry that occur during rapid changes in blood sugar levels.” (Our Dogs Save Lives, 2013) When a D.A.D notifies the owner or parents of the diabetic individual, precautions can be taken before symptoms occur instead of waiting for the blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels. How the dog notifies the diabetic may vary based on training of the dog, as each trainer is different. Training is extensive and expensive, these dogs are trained to save lives, and therefore the price truly is irrelevant. But to understand why we are raising money for Charlie’s D.A.D we will explain to you cost.
What are diabetic alert dog cost, training, and ongoing cost?
D.A.D’s are trained for up to two years and while living in the home of their new owners. We have researched training cost alone and we’ve found roughly estimated for training alone: $5000.00 – $15,000.00. This doesn’t include breeding of quality dogs, raising quality breeds, or other training. In our research we have found roughly estimated D.A.D completely trained for: $20,000 – $50,000.