Doctor Dogs

“Doctor dogs are amazing dogs on the cutting edge of medicine,” according to Maria Goodavage, author of a new book “Doctor Dogs.” “They help keep people safe from a growing variety of physical and mental health issues, often by virtue of their incredible sense of smell. And of course, their bond with the people they love.

“This video — with music by Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Parry Gripp — features real dogs who detect cancer and Parkinson’s in fun research settings, and dogs who alert people to seizures and diabetic lows or highs and other life-threatening physical ailments.

“Doctor dogs are also helping people with autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other intrepid canines who are protecting people from antibiotic-resistant bugs, and to dogs may one day help keep us safe from epidemic catastrophe. Their paycheck for their lifesaving work? Heartfelt praise and a tasty treat or favorite toy.

“For more on these dogs and the people whose lives they save, pick up a copy of the book, Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine, by New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage. It’s available on Amazon and other online retailers, as well as bookstores and libraries.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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