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What Sickness Smells Like

I was fascinated by this article from the National Geographic website on this subject.

“But why would sick people smell differently in the first place? The key is that our bodies are constantly launching volatile substances into the air. They’re carried in our breath and literally ooze from every pore, and they can vary depending on age, diet, and whether an illness has thrown off some cog in our metabolic machinery. Microbes living in our guts and on our skin also contribute to our signature scent, by breaking down our metabolic by-products into smellier ones.

Basically, you’re a walking factory of smells. And if you start paying attention to them, you might notice when something’s off.”

This is an exert from the article on the National Geographic site

The article tells of a woman who can smell Parkinson’s which brought attention to the idea of sniffing for disease.
Anyway it is an article worth reading.

 

 

Humans bodies emit hundreds of volatile organic compounds that can affect our personal scents. When people have various illnesses or conditions, changes in these chemicals can affect the ways our bodies smell.

 

Cholera: Sweet-smelling feces

Pneumonia: Foul breath

Phenylketonuria: Musty sweat and urine

Arsenic poisoning: Garlicky body odor

Diabetes: Fruity urine and breath

Scurvy: Putrid sweat

Humans bodies emit hundreds of volatile organic compounds that can affect our personal scents. When people have various illnesses or conditions, changes in these chemicals can affect the ways our bodies smell.

 

Cholera: Sweet-smelling feces

Pneumonia: Foul breath

Phenylketonuria: Musty sweat and urine

Arsenic poisoning: Garlicky body odor

Diabetes: Fruity urine and breath

Scurvy: Putrid sweat

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Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

  1. Hide the Food – Now this I believe would need to be started right from the beginning of ownership. Could be fun could be frustrating but rewarding. Put away dogs bowl . Hide food around the yard for your dog to seek out. This encourages natural exploratory behavours and allowing them to use their senses.
  2. A New Scent – Package up something like say Lavender or your sock. When they go to smell it give them a treat and a tug of war game which they usually love. When your dog makes the association with the smell hide it and cue them to search for it. When they find it reward them with a game of tug of war. They love it. Later try hiding it in a box amongst other boxes. They will indicate when they have found it and also looking for that game.
  3. Game of Fetch – That simple game is great to keep the dogs mentally active. Reward them for returning the object.
  4. Hide and Seek – This is a great training tool for recall in the back yard or park.  It helps govern their ability to come when called. Two people needed one with the dog and the other hiding. When hidden from sight cue your dog to search and allow them to hunt.
  5. The challenge Engage in a mental memory game by hiding a treat under a cup. When your dog nuzzles the cup lift it and give them a treat. The challenge will be as your dog improves introduce more  cups to the game 

Source Dog Behaviourist – Laura Vissaritis

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