Dogs sniff out bladder cancer

Cancer Biomark. 2010-2011;8(3):145-53. doi: 10.3233/CBM-2011-0208.
Volatile organic compounds as biomarkers of bladder cancer: Sensitivity and specificity using trained sniffer dogs.
Willis CM1, Britton LE, Harris R, Wallace J, Guest CM.
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In a previous canine study, we demonstrated that volatile organic compounds specific to bladder cancer are present in urine headspace, subsequently showing that up to 70% of tumours . . . → Read More: Dogs sniff out bladder cancer

Dogs alert to low blood sugar

Investigation into the Value of Trained Glycaemia Alert Dogs to Clients with Type I Diabetes
Nicola J. Rooney,Steve Morant,Claire Guest
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Previous studies have suggested that some pet dogs respond to their owners’ hypoglycaemic state. Here, we show that trained glycaemia alert dogs placed with clients living with diabetes afford significant improvements to owner well-being. We investigated whether trained . . . → Read More: Dogs alert to low blood sugar

Dogs identify C.Diff in hospitals

Using a dog’s superior olfactory sensitivity to identify Clostridium difficile in stools and patients: proof of principle study
BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7396 (Published 13 December 2012)
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7396

“It is feasible to use a dog to detect Clostridium difficile in stool samples and in patients. The dog’s diagnostic accuracy with stool samples suggests that immediate identification of C difficile is possible. Moreover, our data suggest that the same may be true for the rapid diagnosis of C difficile infection on clinical wards. For the purposes of detection the dog did not need a stool sample or physical contact with patients. It would seem dogs can detect C difficile in the air surrounding patients. In addition, dogs are quick and efficient: patients in a hospital ward can be screened for the presence of C difficile infection in less than 10 minutes.” Read entire study below to find more information on methods and results.

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Marines need feedback : deployment with IDD’s

For Immediate Release: Jan. 19, 2012
By Katherine H. Crawford, Office of Naval Research
Specialty canines were on a mission to sniff out trouble and display their explosive-detecting abilities Jan. 18 as part of an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-hosted “Top Dog Demo 2012.”
“These dogs have kept Marines alive by helping them move through the battle space,” said Lisa Albuquerque, program manager for ONR’s Naval Expeditionary Dog Program, part of ONR’s Expeditionary Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department. “Marines can focus on their mission because they’ve got these four-legged sensors helping to keep them safe.” Continue reading Marines need feedback : deployment with IDD’s

Military Working Dogs returning home

When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a highly-publicized but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one member of the super-secret SEAL team was identified by name: “Cairo, the War Dog.”

Cairo is a Belgian Malinois, a breed similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact. An adult male weighs in the 65 pound range. German shepherds and Labrador retrievers are still used as war dogs, but the Malinois is considered better for tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations. The dogs parachute solo when the landing is on water. Continue reading Military Working Dogs returning home

Problems with aversive dog training

Welfare Organisations Join Forces To Highlight Problems With Aversive Dog Training Techniques, UK

23 Dec 2009

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) have joined forces with several UK animal welfare, behaviour, and training organisations (full list below) to warn of the possible dangers of using techniques for training dogs that can cause pain and fear, such as some of those seen used by Cesar Millan ‘The Dog Whisperer’, who has announced a UK tour next year. Continue reading Problems with aversive dog training

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