Diabetes and Animal Therapy

Dr. Fran Cogen Health Pro April 06, 2012
  • I have always loved dogs. I knew I was destined to work with little creatures (in my case-the human kind) when I had my first real job at 9 years of age. Back in the 1960s, many doctors and dentists saw patients in their homes and my dentist was no exception. Inside the home of Dr. C was a miniature ...

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  • Dr. Bill Quick
    Health Pro
    Apr. 07, 2012

    Fran:

    Congratulations on your new puppy! Hope you will post pictures somewhere on-line for us all to ogle and "aah" about.

    Bill

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Apr. 07, 2012
      Thanks for your kind words, Bill! I will try to take some good pix to upload for Alli to share. He is really adorable!
  • patty
    Apr. 11, 2012

    Wow!! What a concept. I have type 2 insulin dependant diabeties. Also being an animal lover I was intrigued by this article. Could I purchase a puppy and have him trained as a therapy dog here in m y hometown? Would he be able to go into businesses with me?

     

    Thank you for helping fellow diabetics

     

    Patty

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Apr. 12, 2012

      Hi Patty: Thanks for your comments. Knickers will not be trained as a "hypoglycemia" dog because that takes special training and living with a person who has insulin dependant diabetes. Instead, he will be going to an approved dog training school to become certified as a "pet therapy" dog by my hospital. I am not sure all businesses will let you bring...

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      Hi Patty: Thanks for your comments. Knickers will not be trained as a "hypoglycemia" dog because that takes special training and living with a person who has insulin dependant diabetes. Instead, he will be going to an approved dog training school to become certified as a "pet therapy" dog by my hospital. I am not sure all businesses will let you bring a doggie unless he is a service dog required by a person with a special condition: seizures/blindness/hypoglycemia detection etc. Knickers will be going to work with me to help calm patients and assist when they are upset with procedures or when things are a bit upsetting in my office visits (crying, etc.). I am also hoping that my patients will look forward to our visits together and perhaps that their diabetes control will then improve.

       

      So, Patty, check with your place of business and see if they would approve having a furry friend accompany you to work if he is specially trained. I hope it will work out for you.

       

      Good luck,

      DrC

    • patty
      Apr. 12, 2012

      Thank you for  replying so quickly. Good luck with knuckles. I wish my diabetic dr had  A DOG

       

      pATTY

  • wendynos
    Apr. 09, 2012
    How exciting! We can't wait to meet Knickers @ Spring Valley!
  • Anonymous
    KnickersFirstNanny
    Apr. 07, 2012

    A great opportunity for both Knickers & you! He is cut-out for the job and can't wait to earn his credentials and become part of your practice.

    We at PT Breeze are proud to share him and hope he and our boy Murphy become leaders in their field.