Episode 5 Operation Ouch!


Episode 5

Clips from Operation Ouch! Three dogs show us how they can help in medical situations, from diabetes to diagnosing serious illness and during pet therapy.


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-Are you ready for our Ouch Snips?

-Snip!

-Ouch!

-Exactly!

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What do these three dogs have in common?

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Well, they're all medical professionals.

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Meet our medical doggy heroes...

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They're all specially trained to help people with medical conditions.

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First up, it's Daisy who's here to help us with today's experiment.

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Because your breath can reveal a huge amount about you,

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it can be the first sign of many illnesses

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and, like your fingerprints, your breath is unique -

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no-one else has the same breath.

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-Smells like doggy snacks.

-No, but I did find some lovely biscuits

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on the floor on the way in.

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-Were they in a bowl?

-Yes.

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Did the bowl say "Daisy" on it?

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Yes.

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HE SIGHS

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Everyone has bad breath at some point, even Daisy.

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But even if your breath isn't bad, it still has a smell

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and it's the smell that contains information about you

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and your health.

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In fact, there's a whole range of medical conditions

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that can be detected on your breath.

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And Daisy is a specially trained smell dog.

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Time to see Daisy in action.

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Now, we've laid out three samples of breath here,

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and one of the samples is from a patient with a serious illness.

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Can Daisy find it?

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Daisy's been trained by Claire to identify smelly molecules

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related to different illnesses.

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And she's done it in just six seconds!

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That is incredible.

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There was no debate, she didn't even have to check one of the samples,

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-she knew.

-As soon as she smelt that odour, she sits down

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and tells us she's found it.

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But Daisy's not the only dog who puts her incredible nose to

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good use.

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Time for our next doggy hero.

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Meet Shirley.

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Dogs have around 200 million smell receptors,

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whereas humans only have around five million,

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making dogs superior sniffers and also life-savers.

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Shirley's nose has been trained to help Rebecca.

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Rebecca has type 1 diabetes.

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This means that her body doesn't produce a chemical called insulin,

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and amazingly, Shirley's incredible nose

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can sniff out when there are problems.

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Insulin's job is to make sure you have just the right amount of sugar

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in your blood.

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When your body doesn't produce insulin,

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blood sugar gets out of control.

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So if your blood sugar is too high, you inject insulin.

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And if it's too low, you have to eat something sweet.

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Rebecca has to take insulin four times a day,

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but her blood sugar levels can be very unpredictable, making her ill,

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which is where Shirley comes in.

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This is something that humans could never do.

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She's able to detect changes in Rebecca's breath

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as soon as they happen, and usually that's before Rebecca has even

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the slightest idea that anything's wrong.

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And Shirley has a very special way of letting Rebecca know something

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is wrong - by licking her!

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Rebecca's mum then tests her blood and injects more insulin

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or gets help before things get dangerous.

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What would have happened before you had Shirley?

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I would have had the ambulance once or twice a week.

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So since you've had Shirley, how many times have you had

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-an ambulance?

-Like, once in three years.

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Now that's what I call a real four-legged hero!

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And we've got one more incredible medical doggy to meet.

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This is Nala. She is a miracle worker at keeping patients calm

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and lowering stress.

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Nala has worked as a pet therapy dog for 15 years and is known

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as Dr Dog.

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-# Snoop doggy dog. #

-BARKING

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Animal therapy dogs, like Nala, need to be calm, obedient

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and really intelligent.

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How does it make you feel when you see Nala?

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Happy.

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And, Poppy, how do you feel? Cos you come into hospital a lot

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to see your younger brother.

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Yeah, I think Nala helps you relax.

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Nala, do you feel happy when you see Spike?

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-WOOFING:

-Yes!

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There's no doubt that this professional pooch can put a smile

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on your face, but can Nala really have a physical effect

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on a patient's health?

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Let's put Dr Dog to the test!

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To help me, here's Miracle, who's in hospital

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having kidney dialysis treatment.

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So what I want to do is, while you're having your dialysis,

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I want to measure your blood pressure.

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And then we're going to bring in Nala, the dog,

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and we're going to see what happens to your blood pressure.

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A blood pressure test is a simple way to check

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if a patient is stressed.

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At the moment, it's 116 over 67,

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which is in normal range.

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But let's see if Nala can make Miracle even more relaxed.

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And amazingly, after just a few minutes with Nala,

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Miracle's blood pressure has gone down, meaning she's more relaxed

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and less stressed.

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So we've shown you three amazing medical dog heroes,

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doing things that humans just couldn't.

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Well, let's just hope they don't put us out of a job!

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-See you next time!

-Bye!

-Bye! Bye!

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-Bye!

-Bye!

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