Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout

Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Nose

Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout

Meet Jedi, a diabetes-sniffing labrador who watches over 7-year-old Luke, a Type 1 diabetic who struggles with potentially life-threatening changes in his blood sugar as he sleeps.

Last week, Luke and his mothers were fast asleep. The monitor that tracks Luke’s blood sugar levels told everything was fine.

But it wasn’t.

Jedi knew something was incorrect — he could smell that his best friend’s blood sugar had fallen dangerously low. And though his proprietors ignored him at first, Jedi wouldn’t let them sleep until the issue was resolved:

This may just look like a puppy, a sleeping son and a number on a screen, but this, this moment right here is so much…

Posted by Saving Luke – Luke and Jedi – Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Together on Thursday, March 3, 2016

“Jedi jumped off the bed, then back on again, though I felt him do this I didn’t wake up, ” Luke’s mom Dorrie wrote in a Facebook postthat had now been gone viral. “Then Jedi laid on me … I abruptly was fully awake and I knew there was an issue.”

She was able to get Luke the glucose he needed. He slept safely through the night, something that might not have happened if it weren’t for his furry best friend.

Jedi is one of hundreds of diabetes service dogs in the U.S . There are all sorts of programs that train puppies to smell dangerous blood sugar changes and pair them with proprietors: Dogs 4 Diabetics, a nonprofit which develops dogs in California, has matched over 150 puppies since its launch in 2004. Other programs, like Diabetic Alert Dogs of America, have matched hundreds more, spokespeople for both programs told HuffPost.

Alert puppies — common breeds include labs and golden retrievers — detect perfumes that humans emit during blood sugar changes using their highly keen sense of smell. Other animals that can sniff cancer include rats, who are routinely being implemented in Africa to identify tuberculosis. Use correctly, the critters are cheaper and just as accurate as — or even more accurate than — a machine.

Research is also being done on dogs’ ability to detect cancer in patients who otherwise present no signs of the disease. The United Kingdom has one of the leading research programs on this front, and some U.S. dogs are being training to do the same. Experts don’t know when, if ever, the dogs will work in American hospitals, but they hope to use their sniffing skills to develop better cancer detection technology, Dr. Cindy Otto told The New York Times.

Luke’s mom, Dottie, told HuffPost she initially shared the photo to alert others to the reality of Type 1 diabetes: Children often go undiagnosed, so it’s important to pay attention to symptoms who are capable of include fatigue, weight loss and slow-healing cuts and bruises.

No matter what happens in the future with alert dogs, it’s excellent to know that patients like Luke are safer with pups by their side.

Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com

Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout
Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout
Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout
Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout
Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout

Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout

Hero Dog Saves His 7-Year-Old Diabetic Owner With Just His Snout

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