Dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell. Scientists believe that they are able to detect serious diseases faster than conventional testing.
The canine sense of smell is unique and impressive. Dogs work in a wide variety of highly professional jobs (like drug-searching or bomb-squad) due to this uncanny ability. Over the years, experts proved that dogs can also detect when a person has a disease like Diabetes or Parkinson’s disease. Here you have the explanation.
Diseases that dogs can detect!
Here you have a list of the most serious diseases that a dog can detect with his sense of smell.
Recently, a team of experts showed that dogs can tell from sniffing someone’s socks whether they had malaria. Impressive isn’t it? But true! After several months of training, a Labrador could tell if a child had the disease or not.
Likewise, dogs can detect if the blood sugar levels of diabetics are dangerously high or low. Furthermore, a charity called Hypo Hounds is training dogs to smell body changes on their owner’s breath or sweat. Pets detect it faster than a glucose monitor.
Back in 2015, a team of Italian researchers trained two German shepherds to detect chemicals associated with prostate cancer in urine. The dogs had a 90% rate of success. This was a major success since the standard PSA blood test is not reliable enough on screen.
Buckinghamshire healthcare NHS trains dogs to detect breast cancer from a woman’s breath. If fully accomplished, it would mean a huge breakthrough since women over 50 are screened only once every three years due to the side effects of the exposure to radiation.
A team of scientists at Manchester University are training dogs to detect Parkinson’s disease before symptoms emerge! This hypothesis is inspired by the work of a human ‘super-sniffer’ who detected changes in people’s odour six years before getting the disease.
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