Dogs are known to sniff out just about anything, especially when trained. Anne Willis’ dog, Heidi, can detect people, drugs and lost pets. But most remarkable of all, Heidi made what appears to be a life-saving discovery in her owner.
According to ABC News, Willis credits Heidi with detecting lung cancer. After Heidi started to behave strangely around her for weeks and the vet said nothing was wrong, Willis said she realized she may be sensing something wrong with her owner.
Now, Willis is in remission, and she credits Heidi for saving her life. Her doctor at St. Agnes Hospital said Heidi acts like “a dog with a couple of PhDs.” Turns out, dogs’ nose for life-threatening diseases is a matter of interest from the medical community. Over the summer, NPR had a story about a new study that looks into whether dogs can detect prostate cancer. A dogs’ sense of smell offers an “inexpensive, noninvasive method to accompany the existing blood tests,” said Claire Guest of Medical Detection Dogs. A website devoted to Dogs Detecting Cancer is also already up and running.
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