Is a Diabetic Alert Dog Worth it?

If you’re anything like us you’ve entertained the idea of getting a diabetic alert dog for yourself or your child.

If you haven’t heard about this before let me explain…

As you know dogs can be trained to sniff out drugs and other things that us humans cannot detect, however did you know they can also sniff out and sense when a person who is diabetic is getting too low?

Crazy right?!

It’s 100% true.

How they do it, I have no idea…How they train them to do it, I have no idea…I just know that they exist and they do a fantastic job of detecting low blood sugar levels in humans.

So the question remains, should you get a diabetic alert dog?

The answer is not so simple…

There are many factors to consider when deciding on whether a diabetic alert dog is right for you and your circumstances.

Obviously the biggest factor is probably cost as they’re pretty pricey, upwards of $20,000 or so.

The next big factor is whether you want to have a pet.

I mean having a pet always sounds like a good idea, but the reality is they’re a lot of work and expense.

And often having a pet brings on a lot of extra responsibilities that aren’t always considered until it’s too late.

Dogs need a lot of TLC…

That includes daily walks, bathing, grooming, Vet visits, picking up dog poop, etc.

Not to mention they shed so all of your clothes and furniture will be covered in dog hair…

And sometimes they can really stink!

Now it sounds like I’m a dog or pet hater, but I’m not…

I’m just being 100% realistic with what it means to be a pet (dog) owner.

It’s only one step below being a parent and sometimes being a parent is actually easier!

The positives to getting a diabetic alert dog is that you have peace of mind that your loved one will be protected 24 hours per day (or at least when the dog is around them) from unexpected low that could result in comatose or even death.

At the end of the day it really comes down to how important it is in your opinion to have that peace of mind that comes along with having a diabetic alert dog.

If anyone of you has a diabetic alert  dog, please leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts about them (pros and cons) as we’d love to hear your opinions on the subject.

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