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Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 in humans by sniffing sweat, study shows

Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 in humans by sniffing sweat, study shows

Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 in humans by sniffing their sweat, according to a new proof-of-concept study. The aim of the proof-of-concept study was to evaluate if trained dogs could discriminate between sweat samples from symptomatic Covid-19 positive individuals and those from asymptomatic Covid-19 negative individuals. The study was conducted at two sites (Paris, France, and Beirut, Lebanon), followed the same training and testing protocols, and involved six detection dogs (three explosive detection dogs, one search and rescue…

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Most popular 2020 American dog names include coronavirus-related names

Most popular 2020 American dog names include coronavirus-related names

Names are a big part of dogs’ lives. Most dogs will come to their owners once their name is called and they will likely remember their names for the rest of their lives. This year, due to the Covid-19 restrictions and an increase in working from home, pet adoption has boomed. This combined with dogs become increasingly part of our family has led to some unique names for dogs in 2020, according to a survey from Rover, the network of…

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UK vets cite concerns as they face triple threat of Covid-19, exotic diseases and Brexit

UK vets cite concerns as they face triple threat of Covid-19, exotic diseases and Brexit

As the UK nears the end of its Brexit transition period, a new report from the British Veterinary Association warns of the combined impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and exotic disease on veterinary capacity. On January 31 2020, the UK officially left the European Union and entered into a “transition period” which ends at the end of 2020. During the transition period, there was no change to the rules relevant to border movements between the UK and EU, including on…

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Coronavirus-sniffing dogs dispatched at Dubai Airport

Coronavirus-sniffing dogs dispatched at Dubai Airport

Dubai International Airport this week started using police dogs for on-airport rapid Covid-19 testing, which reportedly can produce results in minutes with 92%, reports SFGate. Typically in the United Arab Emirates, all arriving passengers must submit to Covid-19 testing prior to their trips and show negative results to be admitted into the country. Earlier reports of using dogs to sniff out the coronavirus proved that the concept could work in test environments. Recently, a study showed that dogs accurately identify…

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Dogs can sniff out Covid-19 infections in patients, study finds

Dogs can sniff out Covid-19 infections in patients, study finds

Man’s best friend could be the key to helping save lives during the pandemic. A new study by University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover found that dogs with several days of training are capable of identifying people infected with Covid-19. Eight detection dogs were trained for one week to detect saliva or tracheobronchial secretions of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients in a randomized, double-blinded and controlled study. The pilot project showed that the dogs accurately identify the virus with a 94% success rate….

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Dogs Trust warns tens of thousands of dogs could be at risk of abandonment due to pandemic

Dogs Trust warns tens of thousands of dogs could be at risk of abandonment due to pandemic

UK dog charity Dogs Trust is predicting tens of thousands of stray or abandoned dogs could need help as a result of the pandemic, and warned it is already starting to see the impact of the Coronavirus crisis for many dogs. Demand for puppies has soared during lockdown, with Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ increasing by 166% since lockdown was announced on 23 March, according to data from Propellernet. But as the UK braces itself for the full economic impact…

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Chilean police train dogs to sniff out Covid-19

Chilean police train dogs to sniff out Covid-19

Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat. The dogs — three golden retrievers and a Labrador — are between the ages of four and five. Until now they have been used to sniff out illicit drugs, explosives and lost people, police say. The training program is a joint effort by Chile’s national police, the Carabineros, and specialists at the Universidad Catolica de Chile. It follows in…

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100 pets booked for a mission ‘impawssible’ flight from China to North America

100 pets booked for a mission ‘impawssible’ flight from China to North America

A plan to fly hundreds of dogs on a chartered plane, dubbed ‘Mission Impawssible’, aims to reunite families from the US and Canada with the dogs they had left in China during the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘mission’ started in May 2020 when Kyla Robertson was trying to find a way to bring her dog Sugar home, according to CNN. Ready to return to Vancouver after two years in China, Robertson and her husband ran into hurdle after hurdle trying to…

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How to keep your dog safe in the garden and away from toxic plants: Dogs Trust

How to keep your dog safe in the garden and away from toxic plants: Dogs Trust

As the UK’s summer continues to heat up and we spend more time at home with our four-legged pals, charity Dogs Trust revealed tips on how to make sure your garden is dog-friendly. According to the charity, all plants could cause your dog issues if they eat a lot, so they advise to always keep an eye on your dog in the garden. With a bit of training, a dog can make a wonderful gardening companion! Toxic Plants If your…

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UK government launches sniffer dog trial for Covid-19

UK government launches sniffer dog trial for Covid-19

Trials for specially-trained ‘Covid dogs’ that may be able to detect coronavirus in humans, even before symptoms appear, are set to begin as part of new research. The trials will establish whether they could be used as a potential new non-invasive, early warning measure to detect coronavirus in the future. World-leading researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will carry out the first phase of a trial in collaboration with the charity Medical Detection Dogs and…

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