Man's Best Friend now trained to help diabetics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/13/09

Man's Best Friend now trained to help diabetics

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There is now a new type of glucose monitor that has four legs and a nose for blood sugar.  It's Max, a black Lab, who has a glucose monitor in his nose.  Max and other dogs are being trained to help Diabetes patients like Liam Kelly, who are Insulin dependent and require round the clock glucose monitoring.  

By jumping up, and pawing Liam's chest, Max is signaling something might be wrong, Max is trained to sense when blood sugar levels are or either too high or too low, by sniffing Liam's breath.

Ron Pace, a dog trainer, said "When your blood sugar is dropping down to a low, to a dog it smells like a metal bucket with a real acetone type smell.  When it is too high, it has a real sugary smell."

Liam says Max has worked better for him than anything else, because when Max jumps on him, he tests his blood and finds that Max really did smell the problem.

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