In Maryland, a rather surprising information was released, as a dog detects early stages of cancer, saving her owner’s life. The dog in question, a mixed Labrador-shepherd named Heidi, is the pet of the owner of the non-profit organization Dogs Finding Dogs, Anne Wills.
Heidi has already proven her skills as a professional sniffer by finding over 2.000 missing pets over the course of seven years since she has been in the Dogs Finding Dogs program. What is surprising is that following a period of normal behavior, Heidi started to furiously barricade her owner in her chair, stuffing her nose in Anne Wills’ chest, panting and growling constantly. The dog did this for over week, becoming more adamant as time passed on.
Eventually, her owner took her to a veterinarian, thinking that Heidi was having medical problems. This was entirely false, as the medical check proved Heidi to be in a healthy physical condition. After hearing this, Anne Wills came to the conclusion that the problem might be with her, not Heidi, immediately going to her doctor in order to perform a routine lung check.
The doctors found three cancer spots residing in the dog’s owner lungs, following a CAT scan. After treatments were administered, the cancer is now in complete remission, making the woman claim that her dog saved her life. This was possible because early cancer detection is the most prevalent solution when dealing with this type of disease.
Dogs have extremely sensitive noses, being capable of discovering slight changes in their owner’s smell. They can allegedly detect cancer and in some cases even the early stages of a heart attack. The idea that dogs can effectively sense the smell of cancer before its detection is made possible to doctors has been researched for a couple of years by this point.
In the UK for example, a team of eight dogs is currently analyzing 2.500 urine samples, in order to detect cancer. If the findings of this study prove the effectiveness of dogs’ sense of smell, canine companions may one day become the most reliable way to detect said illness. By further researching the exact way in which dogs distinguish between various smells, when talking about cancer, this may also eventually pave the way for devices that do the exact same thing.
One of the dogs from the canine team, Lucy, has already detected early stages of breast cancer in her owner, saving her life as well. The dog has until now an effectiveness rate of 95% in regards to cancer detection, being trained to sniff out prostate, bladder, and even kidney cancer.
Testimonies from various people claiming that their canine pets detected various illnesses, such as cancer, have gained prevalence in the past five years. If dogs will eventually be trained extensively towards this disease detection, they will eventually become a necessity in every family across the globe.
After the news that a dog detects early stages of lung cancer, saving her owners life, reached the press, the general public should try to pay more attention when their pets are acting strangely around them. Some of these signals might mean that the owners in question could be suffering from a disease, thus urging an immediate medical check.