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
2/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+
Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal
Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall
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