I have seen several times in news stories that dogs have acted suspiciously in the midst of their owners having cancer. The dogs usually lick or poke the area that is cancerous with their tongues and noses. Can this really be true? Can dogs sniff their way to a diagnosis of cancer?
Here are just a few stories:
Rottweiler sniffs out cancer http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/7739865.stm
Dog sniffs out Owners’ Cancer
Dogs are actually being trained for cancer detection since a dog's nose is 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than that of a human. A dog also has a larger portion of brain and nervous system devoted to the olfactory sense. Thus, a dog's interpretation of his surroundings is greatly affected by the information obtained from his nose. Although for some reason, cancer finding is instinctive.
What do you think about the dog’s sixth sense?
All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.