Friday, July 27, 2012

The Nose Knows (among other things) Bedbugs

A dog's nose has got to be one of the most remarkable things in nature.

I always knew they could track missing persons, http://www.americansearchdogs.org/
Find survivors of earthquakes and other disasters, http://www.searchdogfoundation.org/
Find drugs at our airports and borders, http://www.narcdogs.com/
Find explosives http://www.atf.gov/explosives/programs/explosives-detection-canines/
Predict seizures. http://www.epilepsy.com/articles/ar_1084289240


I have lately learned that they can detect most types of cancer by sniffing
Poop samples,
And urine samples,
 And breath samples http://www.dogsdetectcancer.org/
And moles http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(01)06065-2/fulltext


Today I found a San Diego company that uses them to inspect property for bedbugs.
I guess I'm behind the times. Lots of  other companies are using them, too.
The dog in the photo is a  New York puggle named Cruiser. She had done 4 home inspections on the day the New York Times carried its article about her.

I knew that bedbugs had made a huge comeback in the last few years. It's good to know that our dogs are on the job ridding us of them.
http://mannvspest.net/murphy-the-mvp-k-9-bed-bug-dog/?matchType=b&keyphrase=dog+bed+bug+detection&creativeId=11554822601&bc=1683137731&c=1683137681&provider=google
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/garden/11bedbug.html?pagewanted=all
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detection_dog#Bed_bug_detection_dogs