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Group training dogs to detect medical problems

Group training dogs to detect medical problems
NEW ORLEANS —

There are service dogs for anxiety and other disorders, but one New Orleans group is training dogs to sniff out medical problems.


The McDonough family traveled from Minnesota so 4-year-old Dagny McDonough could meet her new best friend, who could be a lifeline.



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Dagny likes to run and play freely, but her parents keep a close eye on her blood-glucose monitor. Dagny was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April.


Even though her mother is a nurse, having a sick child is tough.


"We had some really scary lows at the beginning of her diagnosis and I just knew that we needed any tool that we could have," Kelly McDonough said.


The family traveled from just outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota to meet their new four-legged family member. Dagny will be partnered with a dog trained by Southern Diabetic Retrievers. The dogs can sniff out changes in blood glucose.