Dogs are known to sniff out just about anything because of their nose. Our furry four-legged friends have can sniff out even hypoglycemia in diabetics due to their noses being 1,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than humans. Diabetes detection dogs can identify chemical changes within a human’s body to recognize and respond to a symptom.
Dogs still need rigorous training to be able to identify specific scents, like the chemical scent for hypoglycemia within a diabetic person. They need to identify the smell even when numerous other scents are lingering around the environment.
People who want to acquire a diabetic detection dog should still stay cautious as there are some companies that offer dogs that have not received adequate training.
Source: Diabetes Detection Dogs: Their Rigorous Training Can Save Lives
Wyatt, a Rhodesian Ringback, has the very special ability if one has early stages of cancer. The dog was brought in by firefighter John Plieth to Engine 40 on Thursday morning. Cindy Ell, founder of Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, reports that these types of trained dogs are 99% more effective in sniffing out early stages of cancer.
According to the founder, they have already saved several lives including hers. The dog found a stage one melanoma on the founder’s arm three months ago on their first meeting.
Even though there are no programs for a dog like Wyatt in Detroit but there are already plans of bringing in a similar dog to Michigan.
Viper, a Labrador retriever from Atlanta, found a home different from other dogs of his kind. The dog was taken in by the Atlanta Lab Rescue Organization and was given a new job. His job is to chase smugglers in a new pilot program. As a federal agent, he sniffs out illegal wildlife and wildlife products coming into the U.S. port.
Becky Cross, Atlanta Lab Rescue Director and Viper’s owner, said that it was unbelievable place where the dogs are out training and playing all day. The organization ensures that a Labrador will easily be the best dog that can be owned.
Source: Rescue dog trained to sniff out illegal wildlife
Elvis is a former Ozarks rabbit hunter with a new job – sniffing out pregnant polar bears in a Toledo Zoo. The dog was trained for months and was alerting to protein samples from pregnant bears with a near-perfect accuracy.
Polar bears are an endangered species and it helps Zoos to confirm if mama bears are ready for birthing and raising cubs. The dog’s assistance is part of a beagle project to provide an important tool for a non-invasive approach towards animals.
The dog is now checking out samples from 22 female bears from 14 zoos. The K-9’s help will allow zoos to prepare and create a better environment for a pregnant polar bear’s complicated reproductive cycles.
Source: Ohio zoo hires dog to sniff out polar-bear pregnancies
Connie, a mixed breed dog, is Florida’s new weapon for the fight against an outbreak of termites. An infestation of conehead termites has been found in various regions of Dania Beach. If the dog is able to find a termite nest, she will paw the ground to indicate that there is a presence of live coneheads.
The first time that the termite-sniffing dog was put to the test, she aided Montgomery, her handler, and an agricultural state inspector to locate a nest that has around 400,000 conehead termites.
The dog will probably start working next month, along with inspectors and a beagle named Heady, to sniff out other places where conehead termites are located.
Shadow, a three year old Pit Bull mix, alerts people when his owner, Dezmond Hill, is about to have an epileptic attack. The boy’s mom, Jennifer, used to be scared as they have no warnings whenever her son was about to have another attack. When an epilepsy attack draws near, the dog will playfully nip at the boy as a sign.
The Pit Bull mix can also help the teen during a seizure. It will grab on to a piece of clothing and drag the boy away from being trapped or the dog will flip the boy over.
The boy and his mom created an organization called “Paws for Epilepsy” to educate people that dogs can be a savior and a companion.
The legal drinking age in Norway is 18 but that does not stop people who are younger than the required age to drink alcoholic beverages in public areas. Help has arrived in the form of Tutta, an English Springer Spaniel.
The dog is being trained to detect underage drinkers by going into bars. Nervous people tend to secrete substances onto the skin. The dog will then be able to detect these substances thus enabling authorities to have a higher rate in catching underage drinkers.
To further prevent the growth of the population of drinkers below the age of 18, the NIH had suggested other methods such as raising the price of alcohol and enacting zero-tolerance laws.
Source: Dog Trained To Detect Underage Drinkers
Charlie, a Great Dane, alerts the parents of young Brianna Lynch whenever she is about to have a seizure from epilepsy. The dog will circle around the child when it senses that another epileptic episode is about to happen. The Great Dane is able to sense an attack approximately twenty minutes before it happens, which gives Arabella, Brianna’s mom, ample time to act.
The dog will be recognized by the Irish Great Dane club at a national ceremony in Dublin. It will be presented with a national merit award during a ceremony in the National Show Centre.
There are also other dogs present whenever the child is about to have an epileptic attack but are too scared and run off. The Great Dane is the only dog in the household who is willing to alert people about the oncoming seizure.
Source: Dog with a ‘sixth sense’ to be honoured
A man diagnosed with diabetes adopts an elderly dog. Later he found out that it was a match that was almost too good to be true.
Tim Stephenson signed up for a diabetic alert dog but was put on a waiting list. After adopting Sassy, the two got a chance to spend a lot of time with each other. The canine would witness Tim’s diabetic routine every morning. She was also exposed to his breath, which is what alert dogs use to check on a patient’s blood sugar levels.
After awhile, the dog was able to learn when Tim’s blood sugar was too low or high. Sassy, with no formal training, was able to naturally grasp this complicated task.
Canines can be trained to detect a number of illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, reports Ben Axelson of Syracuse.com.
K.K. Krawczyk, an individual who is diagnosed with mastocytosis, relies on a service dog to alert him when an allergic reaction sets in. Pets can also benefit the elderly by helping researchers better understand their owner’s condition. The well being of a dog is usually a reflection of their keeper.
As a result, pets that are suffering from depression or anxiety maybe a sign that their owner is unhealthy. Unfortunately, some individuals who do not really need a service dog take advantage of the laws protecting them by applying a fake badge.
Source: Lifesaving dogs can detect everything from cancer to diabetes