Today I'll share some of what I've learned about their ability to detect cancer.
A British charity, Medical Detection Dogs, is training dogs, mostly rescue dogs, to detect early stage prostate cancer from urine samples. The dogs work in the lab 3 days a week, but otherwise live normal doggy lives with a loving family.
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In November of 2011, British journalist Jenny Stocks accompanied a labrador retriever named Daisy as she sniffed vials of urine donated by local hospitals. Given the command, "Seek!" she quickly identified the cancerous sample on every attempt. Now all the researchers have to do is figure out what it is in the urine that Daisy can detect.
Stocks wrote, "Having spent a day at the centre, there’s no disputing the incredible talent of these dogs and their trainers. So will they be the key to identifying cancers earlier than any doctor can? ...It’s early days yet. But so far, the signs are that man’s best friend could turn out to be an even greater asset to mankind."