Dog warned trainer of her early-stage breast cancer in Best of Crufts
Clare Balding has been melting our hearts with the Best of Crufts: A-Z, as she celebrates all of the canine cuteness.
However, it was also time for the working dogs’ to shine, with a trainer revealing that one of the dogs she worked alongside actually detected her early-stage breast cancer.
Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick explained the dogs’ skills, pointing out: ‘Flo can actually detect cancer and Nimbus detects her fainting episodes.’
‘These dogs are specially trained and their nose is exquisitely sensitive, so a dog like this can pick up down to one part in a trillion of a molecule called a volatile organic compound that’s released from a cancer,’ he contunued.
Opening up about her experience, the trainer explained: ‘[Flo] was trained to detect prostate bladder cancer, but she warned me of my breast cancer.
‘She was working alongside me, jumped up on me one day, kept staring me in the face, bumping into me, warned me of an early stage of a grade of breast cancer.’
It was also revealed that the medical detection dogs were given a £500,000 grant from the government to find out if they could detect coronavirus in humans before symptoms appear.
This year’s Crufts took place back in March, with Maisie the Wire Haired Dachshund scooping up the Best in Show prize.
And it was certainly a win to remember, as she celebrated by relieving herself while she did the victory lap.
Luckily her owner Kim McCalmont has a poo bag on hand and the pair have officially become legends in Crufts history.
Seven dogs were competing for the Best in Show award with Frankie (Utility), Pablo (Toy), Elsie (Gundog), Drago (Working), Sokni (Pastoral), Pixie (Terrier) all also vying for the win.
Best of Crufts: A-Z is available to watch on catch-up on All 4.
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