We already knew our furry friends could smell a cold cut from the other end of the house, but now it appears some dogs can also use their sense of smell to detect low blood sugar in people. Dogs in Britain are being trained to detect small but noticeable changes that occur when blood sugar is low. When the dogs sense these changes they alert their master that a hypoglycemic episode is imminent.
Even without the training, it appears many dogs instinctively react to the physical changes that occur during low blood sugar reactions. A survey conducted at the Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland found that 65% of 212 people with type 1 diabetes reported that their dogs reacted by whining, barking, licking or some other display when they were amid a hypoglycemic episode.
I’d be interested to hear is any of you have had a similar experience or know of someone who has. Post your comments below.