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Diabetes alert dog journey

As part of the Accu-Chek Mobile Limited Pink Edition launch, Roche Diabetes Care is sponsoring the charity Medical Detection Dogs.

About the charity:

The Medical Detection Dogs charity trains Medical Alert Assistance Dogs to help people with health conditions where they have little or no awareness of an impending life-threatening event.1 The majority of Medical Alert Assistance dogs are paired with individuals with brittle Type 1 diabetes.

This is a severe form of diabetes where sufferers have no warning signs that a hypo or hyper is about to occur, leaving them highly vulnerable to dangerous medical crises. With their amazing sense of smell, the Medical Alert Assistance dogs are trained to detect minute changes in blood sugar levels and other hormone related odour changes.1

When these levels fall or rise outside the normal range the dog will alert their owner, and if necessary get help and fetch any vital medical supplies.1 The sponsorship will also provide ongoing support for the dog and patient for the their first year together.

Follow the journey from puppy-to-patient below.

Puppy update

Hello, my name is Moby and I'm 5 months old. When I arrived from Guide Dogs at 8 weeks old I started my early training with a lovely couple near the Centre. I now live with a new full time family in High Wycombe. I settled in very quickly with them but I was a little shy at first. Initially I was fussy with food, but with lots of different flavours of kibble I started eating more & now you can't stop me. I love food! There are no other animals in my house but sometimes I go to Sophie’s house where there are lots of children, three cats and another dog. My socialiser takes me out regularly for training and I have already learnt sit, down, wait, leave, heel and the 'busy busy' command. I see lots of new places on a daily basis but some of the regular places we go are the bank, supermarkets and into town for some shopping. My socialiser said I was an absolute star at the hairdresser recently; I waited patiently for two hours whilst lots of people came over and stroked me because I’m ever so cute!

I'm always up for a photo opportunity, I have extremely large fluffy ears and like posing; sitting down with one hip flicked to the side although I do have other poses too you know!

I go to training classes regularly and more recently I've been to one at the train station with lots of other Medical Detection Dog puppies but I often go to town and the park too. I have lots of doggy friends which I see out walking, I love playing with them when my socialiser says I can. I enjoy walking off the lead in the local woods but I know I must stay close. My socialiser is great fun and sometimes plays with me with a tuggy or a ball. She says I'm a pleasure to live with and totally adorable. I'm such a good girl that she takes me pretty much everywhere she goes these days. I don’t get my little red jacket until I'm six months old but I'm hoping that because I'm doing so well with my training I might get it early!

Posted on 14th February 2017

Meet our puppy!

Meet our Medical Detection Dog puppy, Moby, inspired by Accu-Chek Mobile!

Names were suggested by departments at Roche Diabetes Care and were voted for by various HCP's and DSN's around the country. Over the next 18 months, Roche's money will be used to care for, socialise and train the puppy, before it is carefully matched to a new patient partner. Stay tuned for more updates!

Posted on 13th June 2016

Roche Diabetes Care Sponsors Diabetes Alert Puppy

As part of the Accu-Chek Mobile Limited Pink Edition launch, Roche Diabetes Care is sponsoring the charity Medical Detection Dogs sponsoring £12,000 to train a puppy to become a Diabetes Alert Dog.

A diabetes alert dog can be a life-changing partnership for a person with diabetes

Roche Diabetes Care is a pioneer in the development of blood glucose monitoring systems and a global leader for diabetes management systems and services. For more than 40 years, the Accu-Chek brand has been dedicated to enabling people with diabetes to live life as normally and actively as possible. Roche Diabetes Care are proud to sponsor Medical Detection Dogs, who trains Medical Alert Assistance Dogs to help people with health conditions where they have little or no awareness of an impending life-threatening event.1

"A diabetes alert dog can be a life-changing partnership for a person with diabetes, offering the confidence and freedom to live life normally, giving greater independence and above all, saving their life on a daily basis" says Christina Bowden from Medical Detection Dogs.

Brett Lewis, General Manager of Roche Diabetes Care UK & Ireland: "I am incredibly proud to work for a company that is so focused on the needs of people with diabetes. Our partnership with Medical Detection Dogs demonstrates our commitment to making a difference to people's lives, by offering them relief from their diabetes routine."

Stay tuned for announcements about the chosen puppy!

Posted on 3rd May 2016

1 https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/medical-alert-assistance-dogs/ (Accessed 01/03/2016).

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