Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12857/126931
Title: Hypoglycemia Alert Dogs: A Novel, Cost-effective Approach for Diabetes Monitoring?
Authors: Lippi, Giuseppe 
Cervellin, Gianfranco 
Dondi, Maurizio
Targher, Giovanni 
Mesh headings: Behavior, Animal;Clinical Trials as Topic;Diabetes Mellitus;Hypoglycemia
Secondary Mesh headings: Animals;Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring;Bonding, Human-Pet;Dogs;Humans
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Journal: Alternative therapies in health and medicine 
Abstract: 
The recent publication of the results of 3 small trials, and as many as 5 case reports on dogs producing clear and intelligible alerts in the presence of their owners' hypoglycemia, opens an intriguing clinical scenario for management of diabetes. The skill seems attributable to the ability of dogs to identify patterns in skin and breath odors as well as to understand and interpret visual cues from humans during hypoglycemia. Provided that further trials can confirm the findings, the use of diabetes alert dogs that are trained to detect the onset of hypoglycemia can be regarded as a fast, versatile, reliable, and cost-effective approach for safeguarding the health of individuals with diabetes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12857/126931
ISSN: 1078-6791
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