Pet accessory manufacturer, Oscar and Hooch, has celebrated the 10th anniversary of dog training charity, Medical Detection Dogs.
The manufacturer has been partnered with the charity since 2012 donating 10% of the proceeds of its Black and Red Medical Detection collars and leads.
The charity specialises in detecting the odours of human diseases in the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases. The Bio-Detection Dogs are trained to detect the odour of diseases in samples such as urine and swabs.
The Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual’s personal odour triggered by their disease and alert them to an impending medical event. The charity receives no funding from the government and relies on funding from public donations and trusts.
The training generally takes place between six to eight months to complete.
Elaine Steckler, founder of Oscar and Hooch, said: “At Oscar and Hooch we are very proud to be partners with Medical Detection Dogs. This fantastic charity work tirelessly in undertaking groundbreaking research and training medical assistance dogs, allowing them to identify dangerous health conditions with the people they live with.”
Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs, added: “We are proud of the work of our dogs; their ability to detect human disease and save human lives is becoming better recognised every day. Partnering with Oscar and Hooch means our dogs wear a high quality lead and collar in colours that people now associate with our work. We are so grateful for the support of Oscar and Hooch in helping us to achieve our goals.”