Every now and then there is a news story about a pet dog that is praised as a hero for alerting his owner to her undiagnosed cancer. In addition, service dogs are trained to detect and warn their owners of an impending seizure, heart attack, high blood sugar, blood pressure problems, fainting, and asthma, just to name a few. If only humans could smell the tell-tale signs of a medical emergency and summon help. Did you know that we too, even without special breeding or being best in show, can detect the odors of potentially life threatening medical conditions? If you smell something, say something!
Imagine the following scenarios, any one of which, seeking immediate emergency care and calling 9-1-1 might be in order: