Thanks to her dog Gypsy, Pam Mansfield's life was saved from a deadly drop in blood glucose levels. An amazing example of why we call dogs 'man's best friend'.
By, 11 Dec 2019
Pam Mansfield lives in Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, with her dog Gypsy. At 69, she manages a conservation centre for exotic species.
Just a few days ago, Pam woke up in the middle of the night because Gypsy was constantly whining. When Pam opened her eyes, she realised her dog was trying everything she could to grab her owner's attention.
Pam didn't quite understand what was going on, but she knew something wasn't right. So, she decided to take an insulin test. And the results were shocking.
Pam, who has struggled with diabetes for many years now, instantly realised that her insulin levels were dangerously low. If she had waited any longer before ingesting sugar, she would've slipped into a diabetic coma.
But thanks to her dog's incredible reaction, Pam was able to get hold of a chocolate bar and started munching on it while Gypsy watched over her. The sweet pooch laid at her feet and didn't leave her side until she was sure her owner was safe.
With a super powerful nose
Intrigued by her dog's behaviour, Pam took Gypsy to the vet the next day. The vet confirmed that her dog had probably sensed Pam's lowering insulin levels. Indeed, a dog's scent is so much stronger than a human's that it can detect low blood glucose levels.
Some dogs are even trained specifically for this purpose, so that they can warn their diabetic owners in time and prevent them from having life-threatening crises.
Amazingly, Gypsy was never trained as a diabetes detection dog, she is just super in-tune with her owner and wanted to keep her safe at all costs!
Well done Gypsy, Pam is lucky to have you!
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