Medical Detection Dog Names

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Introduction

 Dogs have a much more advanced sense of smell than humans do, and humans have been utilizing the olfactory capabilities of canines for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. They are much better at sniffing out game trails, detecting illegal substances, and locating missing people and pets by scent, and we have used these skills to our advantage. In more recent decades, we have discovered that they are also able to detect certain illnesses and imbalances in our systems as well, such as imbalances in blood sugar levels, impending seizures, and in some cases, even certain types of cancer. These medical detection dogs play an important role in human health from service dogs for the diabetic to dogs that are employed by hospitals to check blood and urine samples for indications of disease. 

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Medical Detection Dog Name Considerations

There are many ways to choose a name for a new canine companion; some people may select a name based on the dog's physical appearance or personality while others will choose names from books, movies, or plays that they found particularly memorable. If you are responsible for naming a dog that is slated to be trained as a medical detection dog, their prospective job can provide another source of inspiration. There are several names that mean healer such as Asa, Galena, Paion, and Pipaluk, as well as names that describe specific aspects of the job, like Bowden or Hermia, both being names that mean messenger. 

Some people might even choose a name like Spike, Mia, Penny, or Uma, in honor of one of the personal pets that saved their human companion's life by alerting their owners to the presence of cancer.  The dogs that detect diseases are still pioneers in their field, so honoring a medical pioneer that came before them is another great option. Human pioneers such as Alexander Flemming, the father of antibiotics, or Marie Curie, the first person to use radioactivity against cancer, are good name choices. Canine pioneers such as Armstrong, the first dog trained to detect hypoglycemia, or Tinker, the first dog to be registered in England as a diabetes alert dog can be considered, too.

Male Medical Detection Dog Names

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Alexander
Alexander Flemming is the pioneering doctor who became known as the father of antibiotics, due to his experimentation with penicillin
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Angelico
An Italian name that means angel
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Armstrong
The first dog trained to detect hypoglycemia
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Asa
A name that is used in several cultures that means healer
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Barry
Barry is a Celtic name that means marksman
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Bowden
A name from England that means messenger
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Edward
Edward Jenner was the first doctor to attempt vaccination, by successfully using cowpox to vaccinate against smallpox
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Felix
A Latin name that means happy or lucky
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Hickey
An Irish name that means healer
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Hippocrates
The father of western medicine was considered a pioneer as he was one of the first to posit that illness had a physical cause rather than displeasure from the gods
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James
James Blundell was one of the first physicians to successfully perform blood transfusions
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Joseph
Joseph Lister was one of the first physicians to realize that surgeons were transferring illnesses by not washing their hands between surgeries
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Kashif
A Muslim and Arabic name that means revealer or discoverer
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Lancet
The first known suggestion of using dogs to detect cancer was published in 1989 in a medical journal known as the Lancet
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Levente
A Hungarian name meaning governor or guide
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Maddox
An English surname that means little lucky one or little good one
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Malachi
An Israeli name that means messenger
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Max
A household pet who detected their owner’s breast cancer, prompting the owner to seek medical treatment
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Milagro
A name from Spain that means miracle
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Norris
A French name that means caretaker or nurse
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Nuncio
A name from Latin-America that means messenger
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Onni
A Finnish name that means luck
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Osias
A name that means salvation in Greek
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Paion
A Greek name meaning healer
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Qenaz
A Hebrew name that means hunter
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Radar
Radar technology is often used to find things
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Scanner
Scanners are sometimes used to find hidden problems in the body
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Spike
A Bearded Collie who became a seizure alert dog for his owner without any prior training
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Tabib
Turkish name that means doctor
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Tracker
Medical detection dogs track disease in the body

Female Medical Detection Dog Names

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Aneila
An Italian name meaning heavenly messenger
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Angel
Angels are heavenly messengers
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Ayah
An Arabic name that means miracle
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Bjorg
An Icelandic name that means salvation
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Daisy
Well-known cancer detection dog Daisy detected over 550 cases of cancer, including that of her owner
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Destiny
An English name which refers to fate and fortune
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Felice
An Italian name derived from the name Felix, meaning happy or lucky
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Florence
Florence Nightingale was a pioneering nurse who was able to prove that improving sanitation and cleanliness helped survival rates
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Galena
A Greek name that means healer
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Hermia
A Greek name meaning messenger
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Hope
Medical detection dogs often provide hope for their patients
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Hui-Fang
A Chinese name that means kind and sweet smelling
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Jane
Jane Sharp was the author of the book The Midwives Book, published in 1671, which gave women in medicine more credibility, and was a massive bestseller
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Laser
Medical detection dogs should have laser focus when on the job
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Lucky
Diseases are often caught earlier by medical detection dogs than with other equipment, a lucky thing indeed
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Margaret
Margaret Bulkeley posed as a man in order to become a military surgeon; she was one of the first to perform a cesarean section and had the highest recovery rate of any medic in the Crimean War
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Marie
Marie Curie was one of the first to use radioactivity to fight cancer
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Marvel
A French name meaning miracle
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Maxima
A Latin American name that means miracle worker
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Mia
A household pet that detected the breast cancer of her owner and prompted her to get medical help
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Penny
An untrained Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that detected the breast cancer of her owner and prompted her to get medical help
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Pipaluk
A name from Greenland that means healer
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Saihu
A dog that detected poisoned meat in southern China and prevented the people there from eating it
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Sugar
Dogs are able to detect when blood sugars are too high or too low for people with diabetes
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Tethys
A Greek name that means grandmother and healer
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Tinker
The first dog to be registered as a diabetes alert dog in Britain
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Treasure
Medical detection dogs are truly treasures for those who need them
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Uma
A dog who began alerting her owner to impending seizures, and was then trained to become an official service dog
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Wijida
A Muslim and African name that means finder or excited
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Yoshioka
Yoshioka Yayoi was a medical pioneer who started the Tokyo Women’s Medical Clinic twelve years before it became legal for women to practice medicine in Japan

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