Medical detection dogs have helped researchers to help detect medical conditions like diabetes-related issues, oncoming strokes and heart attacks, as well as cancer, and even migraines and hypoglycemia.
Medical conditions can be detected by dogs in the sweat of humans, leaving scented differences that can be sensed or “sniffed out” by specially trained medical dogs. Medical dogs are considered Service Animals, meaning they are working dogs just like K9 Units or Seeing-Eye Dogs.
With certain diseases having specific odors, medical detection dogs throughout the world have become pros at sniffing out and identifying specific odors together with skin temperature changes.
Medical Detection Dogs in the UK have begun the amazing task of training the “Super Six’ to detect COVID-19. Some of these dogs are rescues that already have been trained to detect other medical conditions in people.
The coronavirus detection trial began in early June 2020 and included dogs with names like Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper, Norman, and Asher. This charity is combining works with Durham University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) so that they can obtain the best results during training.
That said, it’s important to note that scientists have added that dogs cannot contract coronavirus or pass it on to humans.
Scientists believe that it’s 100% safe for these medical detection dogs to perform this trial, most especially since veterinarians and scientists will be working together with them. Medical Detection Dogs UK, has added that “The dogs will be trained on non-infectious samples, and will not need to make contact with the individuals they are screening.”