Nov 9, 2020
Specially trained dogs can help
us stay healthy and warn us of impending medical emergencies in
ways we haven’t even imagined; just as they make our lives better
Florine sits down this week with
working dog expert, journalist, and New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage. Her latest
Dogs details how dogs
may alert us to health episodes before they happen and other ways
dogs are assisting with the detection and treatment of health
disorders. She details how researchers are harnessing dog’s keen
sense of smell to alert to seizures, diabetic emergencies and even
sniff out Covid-19 in airports. Current studies reveal how dogs are
being used in revolutionary new medical practices and scientific
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- Maria's father's experience as a young soldier
in WWII first inspired her interest in military dogs, which led her
to her path in researching other working dogs.
dogs are trained by scent to detect specific health
- Researchers look for dogs that are really
motivated by rewards to be able to be trained as a working medical
- Labradors make up most of working dogs because
of their focus and love of food.
of the programs using dogs to sniff out disease are still in the
- Cancer detection, for example, is not available
yet for patients; it’s mainly in the research stage.
- Researchers want the dogs to lead to a
technology called eNose or electronic nose.
of the most important tasks for working dogs could be detecting
COVID-19 in humans.
- Active COVID-19 detecting dogs are currently at
work at Helsinki Airport and in the airport in Dubai.
dogs help comfort crime, disaster, and PTSD victims.
- Prison inmates are helping to train working
Takeaway: Dogs can
help us stay healthy in ways we haven’t even imagined; they make
our lives better and richer.
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