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Posted on: Sep 24, 2017 05:08AM

123_ABC wrote:

When my dog Molly a Fauve De Bretagne kept coming up to me and putting her nose to my left breast I thought it might be Cancer she was smelling. Having had no experience of this before and feeling a little daft I went to my GP and asked for a Mammogram. The GP examined me and because she could not find a lump would not refer me for a Mammogram. Yes, I did explain about my dog Molly but this made no difference and was left feeling stupid. A few months later the mobile van came round to the village where you can have a Mammogram. Of course I was straight on it. Asking how I could take this opportunity to have a Mammogram. They told me I would be invited because I had reached the right age. I was invited a month later and went. At least I would know for sure by doing this.

I was diagnosed with breast Cancer. My dog had been trying to tell me this all along. Not only this but the evening I came home from the hospital after surgery, the first thing Molly did when I sat on the sofa was jump on the sofa next to me and nudged my left breast. She bounced up and down in a very happy way as if she was so happy that the Cancer was gone. Obviously, she doesn't know what Cancer is. To her it is a very bad smell which she probably knows is life threatening. We did look after a neighbours dog who was dying of Cancer and Molly absolutely knew it. She kept a bit of distance and would not drink out of the same water bowl. Perhaps the experience with the neighbours dog meant she was even more aware of the smell of Cancer.

All I can say is, I am most grateful that she alerted me to this as I would not have known otherwise until it was possibly to late. It was very early days, it was small and had not spread yet to the Lymph nodes. Nevertheless, she knew it was there. Perhaps she even saved my life, who knows.

I have heard from others who have had this experience and even from a lady who had the same experience with her cat. When our dogs and cats are trying to tell us something we need to listen and take action. And they say dogs can't talk!

I hope this helps others and alert someone to follow up on this experience and stop the Cancer spreading in time.

All the best

Angela

Dx 2/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
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Sep 24, 2017 06:21AM MelissaDallas wrote:

When I had ovarian cancer my dog kept putting his nose right under my nostrils and doing an odd "sniff, sniff, sniff" with a weird fierce look in his eyes. I know he could smell that there was something wrong

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
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Sep 24, 2017 10:07AM edwards750 wrote:

I have heard similar stories. I truly believe. Thank God for our fur babies!

Diane

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Sep 24, 2017 10:14AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

I've heard those stories as well. My two fur girls can only seem to detect the smell of food 😜.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 24, 2017 11:10AM - edited Sep 24, 2017 03:05PM by Castigame

I have a beagle who is extremely mild even when she was a puppy. No bark or howl whatsoever. No destructive behavior at all. Closest was a couple of garbage diving for beef residue for 7 plus yrs. Somehow, she used to tear my used faminine products. Beagle is a scent hound btw. Little did I know that my BC is 100% ER pos likely caused by really bad period.

Mimi Dx 1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes Dx 1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/20/2017 Radiation Therapy 7/30/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/30/2017
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Sep 25, 2017 04:54AM 123_ABC wrote:

Hi Melissadallas

I've not heard of Cancer being detected by a dog by sniffing nostrils. Makes sense though. Molly does check my breath in the morning. She just looks away as if to say your breath stinks. Perhaps that was part of it and just didn't realize.

Thanks for replying.

xx

Dx 2/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
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Sep 25, 2017 04:56AM 123_ABC wrote:

I think dogs smell your breath to determine your health. They can probably pick up a lot about what's going on with you by doing this.

Dx 2/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
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Sep 25, 2017 04:58AM 123_ABC wrote:

Thanks for reply. I'm sure they can smell just as well as my dog but there is obviously no underlying problem existing with you, thankfully.

xxx

Dx 2/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
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Sep 25, 2017 05:05AM 123_ABC wrote:

Hi Castigame

Thanks for replying.

Yes, that makes sense to me. Although, they do want to smell blood straight away and if you have a wound they want to lick it. As you say, the intensity of the behaviour most likely signifies the problem.

My dog is a scent hound as well. Scent hounds are obviously going to be better at detecting problems and more likely to be telling you about it as tracking scent is all they want to do and were bred to do.

Great to hear these experiences which shows that there are other subtle ways in which our dogs are telling us when something is wrong.



Dx 2/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
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Sep 25, 2017 07:47PM Kicks wrote:

My old Gordon Setter started staying closer to me than he had about 2 weeks before my DX. He had always stayed close to me so put it down to him getting older. (When I was managing the Stable several yrs before, he stayed under my desk when I was in the office or right beside me anywhere I went in the barn or outdoors.).

I just put it up initially to him just being old (12) and wanting to be closer to me. And maybe it was partly. In the next 2 yrs, he would be right with me all the time during TX.

Though a Setter, he had one of the best 'noses' of any dog I've ever had. He could pick out a stick I had thrown into a pile of twigs/leaves/limbs or a rock I threw into a pile of rocks. Hubby got a Black&Tan Coon Hound during my TX time but Cody (GS) had a much better nose than she has.

Dx 8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/25/2009 AC Surgery 10/21/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/11/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/4/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 26, 2017 11:49AM 123_ABC wrote:

Hi Kicks

Thanks for sharing. That's so sweet to hear. Molly always lies next to me when I'm ill or next to my husband when he's ill even if that means one of us goes to bed early then she will jump on the bed and lie snuggled up next to us because she knows we are not well. Even when my husband closed the bedroom door once she sat outside the door until I let her in. She just has to be next to us when we're ill. It's so incredibly comforting. I'm sure he's still watching over you.


Dx 2/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
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Jul 23, 2018 10:42AM yellowb wrote:

I inherited my dog when my mom passed away from cancer. (I did not especially want a high-strung standard poodle, so of course she quickly became my favorite living creature.) She has become hyper-protective since I became ill -- doesn't want other dogs near me, and growls at the door when people pass by.

I'm sure she knows I'm ill, but I really wonder if she relates the two illnesses!

Dx 6/14/2018, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 6/27/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/7/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 3/11/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 4/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy 4/16/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 22, 2019 07:49AM kikind wrote:

I was just diagnosed with BC (left breast) a week ago. My 2-year old yellow lab, Moose, is very calm for a young lab and always very gentle with me. But I had noticed that the last 6-8 months or so, he would nudge my left breast with his nose and just keep pressing. Hard. It always kind of startled me because the behavior was so unlike him so I would push him away. After the biopsy, he was still doing it but gently. My husband and I now think he was trying to tell me that something was wrong.

Dx 12/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/13/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Dec 22, 2019 10:31AM Wishwishbone wrote:

my uncle recently started a foundation for canine cancer detection research. Dogs are so gifted and our hope is the research will lead to technology to help detect cancer sooner. WillisFamilyFoundation - can't post link at this time...


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Dec 22, 2019 12:58PM Spookiesmom wrote:

I’ve read of dogs being trained to sniff out cancer. Why not? They can sniff illegal drugs, smuggled food. And be able to alert diabetic ppl and other illnesses. It’s thought when humans are ill, our scent changes. Makes sense to me. Spookie was her normal goofy self my first time around. And that is more likely with pets. But some breeds would be better at it.

Give yours an extra hug anyway.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Dec 22, 2019 04:46PM - edited Dec 22, 2019 04:46PM by santabarbarian

Hmmm...... cancer must smell really foul, considering it bothers dogs more than urine, sweaty feet, and asses!

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 22, 2019 05:43PM Skwashie wrote:

My Maple, he passed this year, a crazy, amazing cocker spaniel found my cancer. At the time I had 4 dogs (2 have since passed). Initially, he started pointing at my left breast. Anyone with a cocker knows the amazing stillness of their bodies and straight out tail. This got the attention of the other 3 dogs and each would frequently come and sniff the same spot on my left breast. I tried to ignore their behaviour (fear). My chihuahua would take a good long sniff, sit up straight and look me directly in the eyes; holding my gaze and I would look away (fear). My Poodle would try to console my breast. After about 12 months I mustered up the courage to tell my partner as to what the dogs were doing and of course I was sent off to my GP. I was embarrassed as there was not much to feel.

And of course, my dogs were right. They found it, they were part of the team who saved my life. They also no longer sniff my left breast ... although our little rescue mutt likes to stick his nose where it’s not wanted when I’m stretching on the floor ... but that’s another story!

Dogs ... amazing, caring and smart ...

Dx 6/12/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/2/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 22, 2019 10:35PM - edited Dec 22, 2019 10:36PM by AliceBastable

My Winslow is pretty smart but he somehow missed two cancers I had last year. But he can sniff out most other things. He's pretty opinionated about what perfume I decide to wear!

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 23, 2019 02:46AM Rah2464 wrote:

How wonderful that your dog nudged you toward getting treatment! My dogs didn't help me out but my little black cat Lucy did. About 6 months before I was diagnosed she began sleeping next to me on my right side, draping her front paws across my chest and laying them on the base of my right breast. (I was a small girl so easy for her to do ha) She was insistent upon sleeping that way and her persistence created that awareness for me. She literally pointed to the spot every night. Once I had my surgery, she stopped the behavior. So she was my little angel.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 23, 2019 05:39AM Newfromny wrote:

My Yorkie Colby was so considerate while I underwent chemo, after surgery he started treating me as normal asking for more walks and attention before pathology came back. My daughter said he know the cancer is gone, it came back cPR. Sadly he passed away a few months later

Dx 10/2/2018, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 10/25/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right

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