Pet and aquatic goods supplier Pedigree Wholesale will be supporting Medical Detection Dogs through its Charity of the Year scheme.
As part of the wholesaler’s commitment, the business has already donated an initial contribution to help fund the training of a new puppy. Pedigree will fundraise throughout the year with the aim of raising as much as possible with walks, cake sales and other initiatives.
Steve Brown, managing director at Pedigree Wholesale, said: “We are incredibly proud to be supporting the work the charity is undertaking and helping them to make such a positive difference in many people’s lives. Both bio-detection dogs and medical alert assistance dogs are true heroes, helping to shape the science behind disease detection.”
Medical Detection Dogs is a UK-based charity that trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more efficient and less invasive diagnostics that lead to better patient outcomes. The charity’s Bio Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of those diseases – including cancer – in samples such as urine, breath and sweat.
The charity has a strict ‘no kennel’ policy so all its dogs live in the homes of staff or local volunteers, where they are loved and cared for as part of the family.
Medical Detection Dogs chief operating officer, Andrew Whitby-Collins, said: “We’re extremely grateful for this support from Pedigree Wholesale, which will allow us to train even more life-saving dogs.
“Their noses can detect disease faster, more accurately and less invasively than many other diagnostics that are currently available. Every dog that is trained has the potential to not only save a life, but also restore a life by allowing someone with a complex health condition to do the things that we may take for granted.
“We are extremely proud of our dogs who have no idea that the game they are playing for a ball or a treat could change the future of disease diagnosis. Thank you once again for enabling us to continue to harness their amazing sense of smell to save lives.”