Paws for a Cause

There is clearly nothing sweeter or more sincere than the love of a dog. Whether they are rescued, adopted, clumsy puppies or stray, they show up in our lives and stamp pawprints of unconditional love in our hearts. In the US alone, there are an estimated 83.3 million owned dogs. You might be wondering why on earth you are reading about dogs on a medical practice’s website. Well, you’re in for a real treat!

It’s no surprise to see service dogs emerging more commonly in public locations. They wear training emblems proudly on their fitted vests and step in toe with the human they have been schooled to stay attentive to. In recent years, dogs have become an unmistakable part of the medical industry where their life assignment is to detect health conditions in their handler’s body. A canine nose contains 125-300 million scent glands in comparison to a human’s 5 million. This makes that cold, wet nose up to 100,000 times more sensitive than even the most heightened scent capability of an expectant mother. The intricacies of a dog’s sense of smell are allowing for more routine lifestyles for those who suffer from medical complications, which in years past, cut traditional life experiences for many.

Take for example, a hypoglycemic episode in a diabetic patient. Symptoms of a low blood sugar event can range from sweating, trembling, dizziness and fatigue to more severe expressions involving confusion, irrational behavior, heart palpitations and even seizures. When the human body suffers through such an event, organs will emit different chemical compounds that are evident in breath and sweat. A well-trained dog can recognize this impending event before it takes place, and prevent it! Fascinating, right? What an incredible, life-changing chance for the 100 million Americans going through the agony of diabetes!

We certainly don’t need a medical reason to have a canine companion. Dogs already serve an awesome purpose for emotional support. They ease depression and anxiety, calm the heartache of loneliness, encourage exercise and teach responsibility to young ones. If you’re busy cleaning the nose prints from your car windows or storm door, remember they have countless other purposes than gumming up the view. As always, we’d love for you to share a favorite photo of your special pooch on our Facebook page.

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~Shannon Hadeed

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