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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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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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Charity reminds public: Dogs are for life, not just for lockdown

Charity reminds public: Dogs are for life, not just for lockdown

UK animal welfare charity Dogs Trust is urging the public to remember that ‘dogs are for life, not just for lockdown’. It comes as interest for adopting dogs is on the rise in many part of the world due to coronavirus lockdowns. In the month after the UK’s nationwide lockdown was introduced on 23 March, Google searches for “buy a puppy” increased by 120%, according to Dogs Trust. However, the charity is concerned there may be a spike in people…

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French government allows people to go outside during lockdown to adopt a pet

French government allows people to go outside during lockdown to adopt a pet

France’s Interior Ministry announced that it decided to allow people to go outside to adopt a pet from animal shelters, despite the country’s strict home confinement measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision comes as the Society for the Protection of Animals alerted the French government to the risks linked to the saturation of its shelters. According to the Society, faced with the impossibility for adopters to come and collect their animals during the confinement period, the SPA shelters…

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UK: Police say you are not allowed to drive anywhere to walk your dog

UK: Police say you are not allowed to drive anywhere to walk your dog

In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, police in the UK have warned people not to get in their cars to drive to a location to walk their dogs or exercise. The UK announced a nationwide lockdown on Monday to fight the spread of the coronavirus. It said that people were allowed to leave their houses for for only a few necessary reasons including one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or…

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Walking the dog becomes a get out of jail card for locked down Spain

Walking the dog becomes a get out of jail card for locked down Spain

Walking the dog has become an enviable get-out-of-jail card in lockdown Spain with many dog parents offering their dogs for rent and others resorting to walking fake dogs to get out of the house. Unlike in Italy, where people can go out to stretch their legs despite a national lockdown, Spain has banned all such outside trips under its state of emergency amid the coronavirus crisis. But those in Spain can step outside if they have a four-legged friend but…

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