Common behavior exhibited by dogs when they smell cancer in humans include sniffing, staring, and pawing at body parts, licking and biting at lesions on your body, and making attempts to comfort you.
According to scientific research, cancer, like many other diseases, leaves unique footprints in bodily secretions, tissues and fluids that give off specific odors. Cancer cells are the main actors in this, as they are known to give off the markers that dogs pick up when sniffing around.
How Do Dogs Act When They Sense Cancer?
Now that we’ve established how dogs are able to detect the presence of cancerous cells in the human body, there are certain behaviors exhibited by our furry friends when they sniff out cancer in your body.
That said, a dog may be trying to tell you that you have cancer if you notice behavior such as:
Sniffing At A Seemingly Healthy Part Of Your Body
As inferred earlier, one major quality that makes dogs so adept at discovering cancer in humans is their sense of smell; Hence, it’s only expected that when pooches detect anything alarming in your body system, their sense of smell becomes heightened, causing them to continuously sniff at you.
In a particular case study of melanoma, a life-threatening skin cancer condition, dogs constantly sniffed and nipped at the lesions on their owners’ skin, thereby informing the individuals of the probable sites of their condition, and enabling them to get the required medical attention.
Interestingly, dog owners, who came forward with situations of their canine buds sniffing a seemingly healthy part of their bodies have been diagnosed with cancer – many at stages as early as the first stage!
However, while you might also be enjoying that level of affection from your pet, it would be unwise to make a medical conclusion without undergoing a confirmatory test conducted in a laboratory, and by the appropriate personnel.
Staring And Pawing At Sections Of Your Body
Interestingly, you may also find your dear Fido staring at you more intently than usual, following you around the house, and always scooting close to you once it has detected the presence of cancerous cells in your body.
Acting like this is usually an attempt by the pooch to comfort you, as it can tell that all might not be going well with you medically.
Making Attempts to Lick Skin Lesions
Another peculiar behavior that is exhibited by dogs when they detect cancer in their humans, is an attempt to lick the cancerous sites. And this attempt to lick cancerous sites occurs at a higher frequency if there are visible lesions on your skin.