Diabetic Alert Dog Saves 3-Year-Old Girl’s Life Countless Times

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A 3-year-old girl in Texas who suffers from a rare form of infant diabetes wouldn’t be alive today if she didn’t have a diabetic alert dog, her mother says. Sarah Wilson says she considers her dog family after he saved her daughter’s life on numerous occasions.

The diabetic alert dog joined the family two years ago, and Wilson is confident 3-year-old Faith, a Type 1 Diabetic since she was 9 months old, wouldn’t be alive without her. Ruby is trained to detect drops in blood sugar levels, and Faith’s condition causes her blood sugar to reach dangerous levels up to 30 times each day. Ruby’s powers of detection are remarkable: the first night she spent with her new family, she alerted four times.

11 thoughts on “Diabetic Alert Dog Saves 3-Year-Old Girl’s Life Countless Times”

  1. I too am a type I diabetic since the age of about 9 mos so I can really relate to what this child and woman have gone thru. My mom was constantly chasing after me all those years of me growing up. And it was in the early 1960’s even before the advent of blood glucose machines.

    I now have my dog Jocelyn, who by accident has turned into my “diabetic alert” dog after being trained as a therapy dog. She barks and gets my daughter if my blood sugar drops too low and I am really out of it. She also wakes me up by licking my face and pawing at me if I start dropping in my sleep. I now know that I could never live alone if not for my dog.

    It must be a blessing to you that dogs are now trained for alerting diabetics to an oncoming low blood sugar. Even highs can be quite dangerous.

    Don’t worry, your daughter will be fine thanks to you and the dog. I know, I am now in my 50’s and still doing well with minimal complications.

  2. My daughter has type 1 diabetes….we were at a camp for a diabetics weekend…that was the first time I encountered a service dog for diabetics….it was amazing….the mother of the 5 yr old said their dog alerted her on more then one occassion where her son went drastically low during the night (one of the things us diabetes parents worry about the most)….its wonderful how these dogs can sense the change. Love it!!!

  3. How can we get a diabetic service dog for our 3 year old nephew? How much do they cost? Can we get one for free? I’ve only seen dogs offered to 12 year olds and up…does someone offer these dogs to 3 year olds?


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