Diabetes Alert Dog Brings Measure of Security for a Family


Written by: Phil Monahan

Pilot, a diabetes-alert dog, will use his sense of smell to detect when Matthew has a low or high blood sugar.
Photo by The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach

Nine-year-old Matthew Tokarski of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, suffers from Type 1 diabetes, which means he has to take insulin with every meal, watch what he eats, and constantly monitor his blood sugar. That’s a pretty tall order, but the consequences of failure are dire. Luckily, Matthew has a new diabetic-alert dog named Pilot:

Pilot will use his strong olfactory sense to detect the fluctuations in Matthew’s blood sugar. He will put his paw on Matthew if his blood sugar is too high and will nudge him with his nose if his blood sugar is too low, Kate said.

This will take a huge strain off Matthew’s parent’s, who won’t have to be afraid all the time. Plus, it will help Matthew live a more normal life. The addition of this beautiful dog brings both love and calm to a family that has been stressed for awhile.

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