Ron Santo Diabetic Dog Foundation

Why a Dog

Man's best friend takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to type 1 diabetes. Hi, I'm Vicki Santo, wife of Ron Santo, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer who was a type 1 diabetic. Diabetic alert dogs are amazing guardians who save lives by detecting changes in blood sugar, many times before a glucometer will. Parents imagine peace of mind knowing your Type 1 child is being guarded while they sleep. The Ron Santo Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give diabetics in need the opportunity to have their own alert dog that they could never otherwise afford. Imagine a companion and best friend that will help keep sugars in the normal range, reducing the risk of diabetic complications such as vascular disease retinopathy, blindness, amputations and renal failure. Please visit for more information and how to Donate. Every dollar counts and helps us match these certified highly trained life saving dogs with a diabetic in need. Visit and thank you for your support!

-Vicki Santo

Santo Alert Dog Successes Reflected in A1C Tests

The A1C test result reflects a diabetics average blood sugar level for the past two or three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of the hemoglobin is coated with sugar.

For people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1C test is between 4% and 5.6%. Hemoglobin A1C levels between 5.7% and 6.4% indicate increased risk of diabetes, and levels of 6.5% or higher indicate diabetes.

The Santo Diabetic Alert Dogs have helped lower their owners A1C due to vigilant alerts at the sugars have begun to change. Below are the A1 C’s of our dogs owners before they owned their dogs and after several months.

° Tyson, delivered to Logan, Sept. 2014 lowered A1C from 10.5 to 7.4
° Cubby, delivered to Brayden, Oct. 2014 lowered A1C from 10+ to 7.5
° Dodger, delivered to Jamie, Feb. 2015 lowered A1C from 7.6 to 7.2
° Chevy, delivered to Aiden , March 2015 lowered A1C from 8.9 to 8.2
° Champ, delivered to Bryce, March 2015 lowered A1C from 8.2 to 7.8
° James, delivered to Kayden, May 2015 lowered A1C from 9.1 to 8.0
° Ned, delivered to Jason, Aug. 2015 lowered A1C from 8.5 to 7.5
° Jodee, delivered to Josh, Oct. 2015 lowered A1C from 10.6 to 7.1

If you are asking yourself Why A Dog, and have high A1C’s, difficult to keep close to normal , the answer is in the success of the above diabetics and their dogs.