“Walk in the Dark” in aid of Medical Detection Dogs
The K9Active team and their friends are raising money for the Medical Detection Dogs on Sunday the 16th October, we are walking over the Forth Road Edinburgh a total of 3 miles (5 Km). If you wish to join us you can e-mail Zena for a sponsor form and poster and we will meet at 7pm at the South car park ready for leaving at 7.30pm weather permitting, or you can donate using the justgiving web site.
K9Active will give the person or group on our walk raising the most money for the charity a leuchtie light, the leuchtie light is one of the new additions to our soon to be unveiled new web site.
Medical Detection Dogs are a charity that works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities. Their aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease. We all know that dogs are renowned for their acute sense of smell and their willingness to please man. It just seems right that they should add detection of some of the most common and dangerous health conditions man has to endure to the long list of things that our dogs do for us.
The Charity provides Medical Alert Dogs which are trained to assist individuals who manage complex medical conditions on a day to day basis. The dogs are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with certain medical events. For example someone living with Diabetes. Once trained, the medical detection dogs recognise blood sugar levels outside the normal range and warn their owners or get help, before the symptoms are felt. They will bring their owner any necessary medical supplies such as glucose and blood testing kits. They can also be trained to push alarm buttons.
Cancer Detection Dogs are being trained to detect odours relating to some cancers, and it is hoped that this work and research will enable scientists to develop an early cancer screening system.