6-Year-Old Boy Sells Pumpkins To Raise Money For A Diabetic Alert Dog

6-year-old Ian Unger has Type I Diabetes and relies on an insulin pump and a 24-hour glucose monitor. More than anything, he wants to ride the schoolbus with his fellow kindergarteners. Recently his condition prompted the school district to insist he have a personal aide with him if he is to ride the bus. However, when the family requested an aide be provided, their plea was denied. “Their plan was to put him on an empty bus by himself and take … Read more

Teacher Adds Blind Rescue Dog To Her Pack Of Special Needs Pugs

When Jessica Aliff saw the Craigslist ad for a blind, diabetic senior Pug named Cinderella in need of a new home, the animal rescuer within her took over. Although she was already the adoptive mama of three other rescue Pugs and three rescue cats, Aliff just could not bear the thought of the helpless pooch falling into the wrong hands. She contacted Cinderella’s owners, and soon the little old lady became the latest lucky resident of the Aliff house.   … Read more

6 Signs Of Diabetes All Dog Owners Should Be Aware Of

Perhaps your dog has been excessively thirsty, or his appetite or body weight seem out of whack. Maybe he’s a few pounds too heavy and he’s acting different than usual. Whatever the case, it’s important for pet parents to take these changes seriously in case they indicate some underlying issue – like diabetes. We at iHeartDogs asked Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM, CTCVMP, to tell us about some signs of diabetes in dogs. Also known as “The Caring Vet,” Dr. Selmer is a … Read more

6 Medical Conditions Dogs Can Sense

To understand why dogs are so incredibly gifted at sniffing out medical conditions (not to mention drugs, explosives, lost humans, and, of course, cats) you have to fully appreciate the wonder of the canine nose. Your average family dog has a sense of smell 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than any human. They have 300 million olfactory receptors to our measly 6 million. Scientists have likened their ability to “catching a whiff of one rotten apple in two million … Read more

Boy With Diabetes Saves For 4 Years To Earn His Service Dog

Aiden Heath wanted a service dog so badly, he spent half of his young life collecting pennies in order to save up for a special canine companion of his very own. The 8-year-old Vermont boy has type 1 diabetes, and when he and mom Jenni Heath learned that service dogs can provide early detection for blood sugar drops, they knew it’d be a great option for Aiden. “They can sense it 20 minutes to 30 minutes before the blood meter actually tells you … Read more

Your Dog May Be Able To Sense Changes In Your Health Before You Do

Drug-sniffing dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, dogs who alert their owners to house fires or intruders – there’s no doubt that the powerful canine nose helps keep us safe. On top of the outside threats they protect us from, dogs also use their sniffing power to help detect potential health concerns. They sense subtle differences in our body chemistry and behavior in order to alert us to diseases like cancer and diabetes, or warn us of an impending crisis like a seizure … Read more

When This Boy Needed His Dog The Most, He Proved His Undying Loyalty

Luke is a 7-year-old with type 1 diabetes. When his blood sugar began to plummet while everyone was asleep (including him), none of the alarms were sounding, all tools intended to notify a family when the boy is in danger. But when the technology didn’t detect the blood sugar low, Black Lab Jedi, who is a trained diabetes alert dog (DAD), jumped on and off the bed where Luke and mom Dorrie Nuttall were sleeping, eventually laying on the woman until she was up. … Read more