They say a dog is a man’s best friend. In the case of Jeff Hoffmeister, his dog showed his true colors to be more than just a best friend but a lifesaver.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are almost 26 million children and adults in the United States who live with diabetes. Living with diabetes is not easy and for many people it can be scary, as blood sugar levels need to be monitored meticulously. When blood sugar levels get too low or too high they need to be regulated quickly or serious consequences can occur.
This is what happened with Hoffmeister. He was in deep sleep in the middle of the night when his blood sugar level dropped to a very low and dangerous level. A low level can cause a loss of consciousness. Kira is the family’s golden retriever who had actually been trained to sniff out low blood sugar levels. As a dog would be trained to sniff out a bomb in an airport, diabetes service dogs are trained to recognize the scent of when a diabetic is undergoing a low. Then they are trained to react a certain way when they smell that scent.
Kira smelled the scent of Hoffmeister experiencing a dangerous low and ended up lying on top of him and licking his face until he woke up. This enabled him to wake up and get what he needed to regulate his sugar level. You can imagine the comfort and peace of mind this type of “special friend” would bring into your life if you had diabetes.
Having diabetes can also have a major impact on your foot and ankle health. If you need to discuss your foot health or need treatment for a diabetes-related condition, please contact us to meet with Dr. Harvey Danciger. You can call our office located in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108.