Royal couple learns about medical detection dogs

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Imagine having to keep all-night vigils by your child’s bedside to make sure she didn’t slip into a coma.That was a normal thing for Debbie Davies and her husband as they attended to their 6-year-old daughter who has Type 1 diabetes, according to an article in The Telegraph.

For the past four months, however, a dog named Wendy has relieved them. She is a medical detection dog trained by a charity in the U.K. She alerts the parents when the child’s blood sugar gets too high or too low.

Dogs like Judah alert when their person's blood sugar spikes.

Dogs like Judah alert when their person’s blood sugar spikes.

Recently, the Duchess of Cornwall and her husband, Prince Charles, met Davies and her daughter. The royal couple also watched as medical detection dogs correctly identified cancer tissue from among samples in a demonstration at St. James’s Palace. Impressed, the Duchess has become a patron of the charity, according to the article.

Petfinder has received amazing happy tails from people whose dogs detect cancer and other conditions. Read about Judah who wasn’t specifically trained as a medical alert dog but alerted anyway.