First: Dogs are being trained to sniff out cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma. In fact, studies show that dogs are often better at cancer detection than the latest scans, biopsies, and medical tests. Thatís because they have a sense of smell thatís 44 times better than a humanís.
Dogs have also been trained to help military vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Theyíre the vetís constant companion, and are trained to help ease the anxiety and panic that often pops up in social situations.
Finally: Dogs can be trained to detect seizures minutes or hours before they appear, and to identify out-of-control blood sugar levels in diabetics. Theyíre trained to alert the patient by whining, pawing or barking anxiously. That way, diabetics know to eat something, or check their blood sugar, and seizure patients know to take their anti-seizure meds, and find a safe place. And if necessary, the dogs are trained to press a button on the phone to call 911.