Daisy the labrador discovers Dr Claire's undiagnosed breast cancer
Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 15:25
A heroic hound saved her owner's life – by SNIFFING out the early stages of cancer.
Daisy the Labrador was trained from a puppy by Dr Claire Guest how to sniff out the killer disease in samples.
And incredibly her super skill later meant she discovered 50-year-old Claire's undiagnosed breast cancer.
That was the first time the 10-year-old dog had discovered the disease growing in someone's body but she has gone to discover cancer in more than 550 samples of breath, skin and urine.
Animal rescue charity Blue Cross has now presented Daisy, of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, with a medal for her remarkable life-saving ability.
Dr Guest, chief executive of Medical Detection Dogs, said: "Daisy kept nuzzling and pawing at my chest one day, which really alarmed me.
"I got it checked out and was told I had early stage breast cancer. Fortunately I was able to have it removed - but if it wasn't for Daisy it would have gone undetected for much longer and could have been more serious."
Steve Goody, the charity's deputy chief executive, said: "The Blue Cross Medal is awarded to animals that have changed or saved someone's life.
"All the judges on the medal panel were really touched by Daisy's remarkable story and the incredible difference she has made.