5 Medical Conditions Dogs Can Detect In Humans
Canada Free Press wrote of an instance that occurred 28 years ago where a dog kept sniffing at a mole on the owner’s thigh, ignoring other moles in her body. One day the dog tried to bite and remove the mole, something that made her visit the hospital and have her condition checked. Successful diagnosis confirmed a malignant melanoma.
In 2006, 5 dogs were taught on how to detect cancer based on breath samples. When put to test, the dogs were able to detect breast cancer with 88% accuracy and lung cancer with 99% accuracy, across all four stages of the diseases. Researchers haven’t identified exactly what chemical compounds of the different types of cancers the dogs are sensing to alert to the existence of the disease.
NarcolepsyNarcolepsy is a brain disorder that affects the ability to control sleep-wake cycles. Persons with this disorder fall asleep suddenly even when they are busy doing something.
Luis Dominguez-Ortega’s 2013 study found that two trained dogs detected 11 out of 12 narcolepsy patients using sweat samples. This was proof that the dogs can detect a certain distinct scent of the disorder.
The dogs are able to sense an upcoming attack five minutes before it happens, allowing the victims to prepare and get to safety in time.
MigrainesSome dogs are talented in sniffing out signs that a migraine is on the way, saving the sufferer several hours of intense pain. This allows the patient to take preventive medication in good time. Here is a study conducted by Psychology Today.
Low blood sugarDogs are increasingly helping diabetic patients know when the blood sugar level is dropping or spiking. The 2016 Diabetes Care study found that the dogs have the ability to detect isoprene, a natural chemical regularly found in human breath that rises significantly during episode of low blood sugar. Even though human beings are unable to sense the chemical, dogs are sensitive to it.
Fear and stress
Why is this important to you? Well, your dog can help prevent panic attacks and other episodes related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Please get yourself a pet dog if you don’t have one.