Diabetes detection dogs

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Diabetes detection dogs are assistance dogs trained to detect high or low levels of blood sugar levels, known as hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia in humans with diabetes. They can then prompt a human to take insulin.[1]


The first dog trained to detect hypoglycemia was a Californian dog called Armstrong in 2003.[2]


When owners with type 1 diabetes begin to experience hypoglycemia, the detection dogs perform a predetermined task (e.g. bark, lay down, sit) to inform the person.[3]


  1. ^ Roberts, Jacob (2015). "Sickening sweet". Distillations. 1 (4): 12–15. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "About Dogs4Diabetics". dogs4diabetics.com. Dogs for Diabetics. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Georgina (22 June 2009). "British dogs trained to sniff out diabetes". Reuters. Retrieved 25 May 2011.