What does it take to become a life-saving Medical Detection Dog?

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Meet Ivan, who is being tested for his medical assistance dog skills. As a Labrador Cross Golden Retriever, going to a restaurant or coffee shop where they sell groceries can be quite distracting. This assessment ensures that he is sociable but well behaved and controlled.

At Medical Detection Dogs, they have medical assistance dogs that will work with a person and alert them to a life threatening condition.

They also have organic detection dogs trained to work on a unique disease odor to shape and aid medical science. Some of the projects include prostate cancer, malaria, Parkinson’s and even Covid-19.

These bio-detection dogs can essentially sniff out serious illnesses in their early stages, meaning patients can be diagnosed and treated quickly.

The charity’s goal is to use this technology to develop faster, more efficient, and less invasive diagnostics.

The charity also trains medical assistance dogs to live with people who have life-threatening conditions like type 1 diabetes and severe allergies – their condition has changed.

To date, the charity has placed around 150 medical assistance dogs, all of whom live with people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Addison, severe nut allergies, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

The charity has a no-kennel policy so that the dogs all live in homes as part of a caring family, with either a volunteer or a staff member.

Similar to people who work a 9-5, the dogs are dropped off in the morning and picked up again in the evening.

In the meantime, medical alert assistants will be housed with their owners so that they can see changes in their condition at any time.

The cost of training and housing a dog is around £ 29,000, with the cost being borne by supporters, charitable foundations, endowments and members of the public.

About the difference your support could make to the charity, says Dr. Claire Guest, Founder of Medical Detection Dogs: “Everything we do costs money.

“It will help us support people with life threatening diseases through our great service dogs and enable us to work on our very important research projects.

“We really want to keep making a difference and know that with your help we can achieve this.”

You can donate here: https://www.medicaldectiondogs.org.uk/giving/