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Handi-Dog offering unique monitoring option for those with diabetes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

November is American Diabetes month, and a local group wants to teach the public how a specially trained dog can help those with the disease monitor their condition.

An estimated 500,000 people in Arizona suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Briana Biondo, a spokesperson for the ADA says roughly 125,000 of them live in Southern Arizona.

There is a unique way for those with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar and it involves the family dog.

Handi-Dogs trainers are offering two free information sessions this week for those interested in having their dogs participate.  Those interested will have to register soon though. 

Trainers with the program held their first information session last week. 

How it works – a dog is brought to the information session and trainers will evaluate if the animal is a good candidate to begin training. 

The second session is on November 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., near Handi-Dogs at 75 S. Montego Dr. near Broadway and Kolb.

To register click here www.handi-dogs.org/home/diabetic_alert_dogs

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