Human uniformed guards aren’t the only ones who are keeping an eye on our well-being. Highly trained canines have been known to be around border crossings to sniff out drugs and explosives. Taking their “dog-sense” to a different environment, hospitals are now using the dogs to detect bacteria, in hopes of stopping the spread of disease. Dogs are no stranger to hospitals, as research has shown that the canine companions are a great way for patients to relieve stress. They offer great therapeutic benefits, by lowering heart rate and bringing joy to the sometimes gloom and doom of hospitals.
Hospitals can sometimes be a hub of germs and other bacteria, and the patients there are easy victims with their low immune system. The bugs can spread quickly and easily, and sometimes it is hard to locate a trend as symptoms can go unnoticed or undiagnosed. However, hospitals are now utilizing dogs to help sniff these germs out, especially Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. The trained dogs are able to smell the illness and identify those infected by it through their stools. The presence of a bacteria infection in the air is signaled by the dogs, who sit patiently by the infected patient’s bed.