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Pets trained to detect diabetes


The first academic study to assess whether dogs could be reliably used to ¬provide an early-warning system to monitor glycaemia control has been carried out by researchers from the University of Bristol and published in the journal PLOS ONE.



Experts have proved for the first time that dogs trained to respond to their owner’s low blood sugar levels can save them from a potentially fatal hypoglycaemic attack. The animals use their acute sense of smell to detect changes in the chemical composition of their owner’s sweat or breath. They can be taught to raise the alarm by barking, pawing or even fetching a blood testing kit.