What is the ideal diabetes service animal? Think beyond the obvious and be creative in explaining why your choice is a good one. For example, maybe a seal would make a good service animal – it flaps its flippers and barks every time you get a good blood sugar reading!
I am not being too creative or original with my answer. I think my dog Scarlett would make an ideal service animal. She doesn’t wake me up when I’m low; she can’t bring me food to treat a low; she can’t help me with infusion site changes or pricking my finger or counting carbs. But she is always around to put a smile on my face. Type 1 Diabetes is a difficult disease. There is constant stress, worry and guilt that can often lead to depression. Scarlett is around to keep me from getting depressed on days when my blood sugar won’t seem to come down or days that I bleed a ton on my belly from my CGM sensor’s big needle. When I arrive home, she is always there to greet me and when I’m home she never leaves my side. She sleeps as much as I do, hates the heat like I do and is always there to alert me when the UPS guy shows up.
Sure an ideal service animal would do all the wonderful things like bringing me a snack or alerting me to a high or a low but I’ll take having a constant smile on my face when Scarlett is around :).