Another reason to adopt a dog!
Dogs may be "man's best friend," but parrots, cats, lizards and horses also form connections to human beings.
Not only can having a pet cheer you up and reduce your stress levels, but your pet could save your life. These pets may be able to detect cancer, diabetic crises, seizures, migraines and Parkinson's "freezing," helping owners get timely — and often critical — help.
Dogs can actually be taught to detect cancer. Melanoma is the least common but most deadly skin cancer, accounting for 79 percent of skin cancer deaths!
Seizure Assistance Dogs
Dogs can also be trained to respond to seizures, keeping owners safe by fetching help or medication. But we still don't know why dogs have the ability to pick up on a seizure before it occurs. It may be that they cue into subtle body signals, or even chemical changes that make our bodies smell different.
Migraine Alert Dogs
Migraine medications work best when taken as early as possible. Dogs, cats and other pets often naturally detect pre-migraine characteristics.
Diabetes Alert Dogs
The British Medical Journal published a report that discussed how pet dogs sensed an imminent hypoglycemic shock in their diabetic owners and warned them ahead of time to take proper medication.
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