Rescued Pit Bull Saves 4-Year-Old Boy From Blood Sugar Crashthe daily dish
After a Minneapolis family rescued him, it didn't take TaterTot the Pit Bull long to return the favor. According KSMP-TV, the dog detected a drop in his new owner's blood sugar only a week after arriving at his new home.
Christi Smith adopted TaterTot from a local shelter and brought him home as a friend for her 4-year-old son, Peyton. Peyton and TaterTot bonded instantly, playing together from the moment the dog walked in the door.
Their bond was proven when TaterTot detected something odd happening to Peyton less than a week after arriving at the Smith house.
"He just seemed kind of weird," Smith recalled about Peyton's behavior. "He wasn't really coherent - deliriously tired."
TaterTot somehow knew it wasn't just a passing sickness. The 10-month-old dog began jumping on and licking the boy when he wouldn't wake up. Concerned by the dog's unusual behavior, Smith checked on her son.
"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," Smith told KMSP. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."
Peyton was rushed to the hospital where his blood sugar was found to be dangerously low. Doctors said that without immediate medical attention, Peyton could have been seriously injured. They are unsure what caused the drop in blood sugar, since Peyton tested negative for diabetes, but they were able to get the boy stabilized and healthy.
Vets say that TaterTot might have detected ketones that Peyton was producing because of his low levels, or the dog might have sensed a change in the boy's electrical activity, similar to how dogs detect seizures.
Either way, Smith is certain that TaterTot saved her son. She originally planned to only foster TaterTot until she could find him a loving home, but after the Pit Bull's heroic actions, he is staying with the Smiths for good.
"I could have been one of those moms sitting there telling people how I lost my son," Smith said. Instead, she is a relieved mother and now the proud owner of a hero dog.
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