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A pit bull detected a dangerous drop in a toddler's blood sugar level and rescued the boy from a life-threatening situation.

To watch four-year-old Peyton Anderson play with his dog Tator Tot you can tell there is a special bond.

His mother, Christi Smith, didn't know how special until last week when Tator Tot alerted her in the middle of the night.

"He just seemed kind of weird. He wasn't really coherent", Smith said.

Christi had only picked up the 10-month-old pitbull rescue a few days earlier, but the dog could sense something was wrong licking jumping on the boy who wouldn't wake up.

"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us so I checked on him... and like he was like barely breathing," Smith said.

She rushed him to the emergency room where doctors began running a battery of test before they discovered his blood sugar was dangerously low.

Doctor Isis Sanchez says it was Tator's keen sense of smell that detected the change in Peyton's body.

"If his blood sugar was that low he may have been producing keytones so that may have been what the dog picked up on "Sanchez said.

Aside from smell, Sanchez said dogs may actually have sort of sixth sense that can detect changes in electrical activity, which is how some dogs to may be able to warn people with epilepsy of seizures before they happen.

"Doggie heroes come in all sizes, " Sanchez said.

Peyton tested negative for diabetes and while they still can't explain what happened, Christi is convinced Tator Tot saved her son's life.

"I could have been one of those moms sitting there telling people how I lost my son," Smith said.

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