Dogs are well-known for having a keen sense of hearing and scent. No matter how hard you attempt to disguise it, they will always know when there is chicken for supper. In addition, dogs can be trained to sniff out cancer like police K-9s do in their line of work.
There have been reports of dogs detecting cancer in their owners by their smell. Scientists hope that because of this life-saving ability, these canines will be able to save thousands of lives by identifying cancer in its early stages.
Ivy, a two-year-old German Shepherd, is being trained to detect the odor of cancer. On most days, he is simply a regular dog who enjoys running outside and playing. When he’s not doing that, he and her foster mom, Anna, go to their part-time employment at the PennVet Working Dog Center.
Ivy’s job required her to spin a giant wheel with various canisters. Unfortunately, one of them has a replacement odor similar to cancer. She then walks around the wheel, sniffing each one, and when she reaches the canister with the correct specimen, Ivy receives a reward and hears a click from her trainer.
In addition to Ivy, another dog named Osa works at the PennVet Working Dog Center. Because she had more experience with this training, the staff would bring out genuine blood plasma from cancer patients for Osa to search for in the wheel.
Despite the presence of these knowledgeable canines, PennVet’s purpose is not to have them smell patients. Instead, they are developing an electronic nose that might detect ovarian cancer as dogs do.
Because ovarian cancer was only diagnosed in its advanced stages, the electronic nose is intended to identify cancer’s odor as early as feasible. With the assistance of these tireless canines, this technology has the potential to save the lives of thousands of women in the future.
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