We’ve all heard of bomb-sniffing and drug-routing dogs, but a recent report from the U.K. tells of a woman’s dog who alerted her to… cancer in her body. Strange but true, Emilie Clark reveals that her miniature dachshund, Mia, was the first one to let her know that she had a problem.
The five-year-old rescue dog became her assistant as the young woman had heart problems, and also began losing her hearing. Mia would tell Emilie when the phone or door bell was ringing, tapping her with her paw.
So what happened when one day Mia started to lick at the top of Emilie’s chest? Her owner pushed her away, but the dog stared into her eyes as though trying to tell her that she had an issue. Mia nuzzled into her left breast and began rapidly licking, just like she might if Emilie had a cut.
The next day, the 24-year-old woman visited her doctor, asking for a mammogram. When the General Practitioner tried to dismiss her fears, Ms. Clark told of her service dog trying to alert her and insisted on further testing which revealed Stage IIa breast cancer.
She had the lump removed, followed by further treatment. So far, so good. None of the oncologists believed her dog story to be odd. In fact, they informed her of a British charity called “Medical Detection Dogs” which trained canines to sniff out cancer.
Man’s best friend, woman’s best friend, children’s best friend. Our dear dogs may be able to save our lives in more ways than we ever imagined.
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