This is known as service dog dogs specially trained to help or provide assistance to people suffering from disabilities or health problems. And recently a clip a dog saves its owner’s life when it discovers something is wrong with it.
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According to his social media, Bailey is a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd trained to help his owner Katie, who suffers from… postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
This condition occurs in patients when they get up after lying down for a long time. It can cause dizziness, tachycardia and even fainting and returns to normal when the person lies down again.
Well, one of the videos Katie posted recently went viral, in which Bailey discovers something is wrong with her and stops to make her sit down.
Then, He goes to get a jar of pills for his owner to take when she suffers from attacks, he hands it to her and even opens the refrigerator to bring her a bottle of water with which she can take the pills and stay hydrated.thereby avoiding possible fainting, which, while in the kitchen or in other public places, could entail very serious consequences.
Because this animal could foresee that its owner, who was suffering from postural tachycardia syndrome, was about to lose consciousness, so he helped her by sitting her down and bringing her water and medicine.pic.twitter.com/V4AbtjMHij
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It should be remembered that this is not This is the first video where Bailey helps his owner.as Katie constantly shares footage of her pet helping her during her episodes on social media.
In an interview with CNN in 2023, Katie explained that your dog is able to detect behavior patterns when he is about to faintand is trained to give her medication and support her during an episode.
In the same CNN report, animal expert Maria Gudavage explained that dogs “They are experts at reading the body language of their owners.. They may even see changes in the eyes if they know their caregivers well. They study them and know exactly when something is wrong.”
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“When changes occur in habits, whether for physical or emotional reasons, dogs notice. Moreover, their sense of smell allows them to detect even human diseases.and even if they don’t know with scientific certainty what causes the smell, they may associate it with something negative,” Goodavage added.
It should be added that dogs have 50 times more olfactory receptors than humans and, according to various studies, they are able to smell types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease and depression.
“As long as he is with me, I know that I am safe and have nothing to worry about.Kathy said in an interview, emphasizing the importance of service dogs for people with disabilities.
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But it’s not an easy path, as evidenced by videos the woman posted in which she encounters people in supermarkets who don’t believe she has a health condition that forces her to be close to her pet all the time. although Bailey’s vest clearly states that he is a service dog.
Can pets detect diseases?
Because dogs have the most developed sense of smell, they can detect certain diseases in humans, according to a study published by Science Daily. dogs can smell health problems.
Besides, They can detect conditions such as narcolepsy, migraines, diabetes, and also perceive feelings such as fear or stress because they notice an increase in cortisol levels.This was reported by Dog Time magazine.
When it comes to owners being in pain, dogs can change their behavior by up to 54%, according to research.
Moreover, although there is no scientific evidence, they could detect pregnancy because they can sense changes in the hormones and pheromones of pregnant women through their sense of smell.
One of the most famous cases is that of Evelyn Thomsen, a girl who discovered in 2021 at the age of 10 that she had cancer. thanks to your dog.
The story took place in Liverpool, England, and was reported by the British publication The Mirror, which claims that the minor, who is just 12 years old today, discovered that she had cancer thanks to an afternoon spent in the park with her pet. .
Evelyn Thomsen’s parents said the minor and her pet were playing in the park when he jumped on her legs. one of his legs began to swell in a very strange wayand the dog changed its behavior.
The mother of the minor told the Mirror that after noticing a strange and unusual tumor, they decided to take Evelyn Thomsen to the nearest hospital. At the medical center, specialists carried out the necessary tests, and the results greatly surprised the family, since the minor had cancer in one of her legs.
It was through the girl’s movements while playing with her dog that her illness was discovered, allowing the family to take immediate action. offering the treatment needed to save Evelyn’s life.
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