A local New Yorker, Lauren Gauthier, adopted a rescue dog from a nearby animal shelter that housed abandoned pups.
Months later, the hound pup returned the favor by sniffing skin cancer on her hooman that Lauren thought was a zit sitting on her nostril.
The 42-year-old attorney from East Amherst, New York, says, “Whenever I’d sit down on the couch, she’d cuddle next to me and start sniffing that little spot on my nose, then she’d sit and stare at me.”
Lauren adds, “When the spot went away, Victoria kept sniffing, and I thought, ‘Why do you keep putting your wet nose in my face?’ It was so odd that I finally decided, ‘OK, since she’s being so persistent, I’ll go get it checked out.”
The culture report surprised Lauren. She discovered she had skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma, which subsumes almost 32% of all cancers worldwide.
Lauren thinks the skin cancer could be a repercussion of using tanning beds as a teenager.
If left untreated, the cancer on her nose could have easily transferred through her nasal tissue to other parts of her face, leading to complex surgeries and facial disfigurement, in extreme cases, even death.
If it weren’t for Lauren’s rescue dog, she would not have been able to detect the cancer at an early stage.
Lauren is grateful for Victoria and plans on showering her with loads of love, hugs, and kisses that she deserves.
However, upon removing cancer, the early diagnosis only left minor scarring.
Lauren further praises her rescue dog, Victoria, by saying, “I always knew that hounds had an amazing sense of smell, but I never dreamed that it would have such a huge effect on me personally. ”
“I might not have gone to a doctor until it was too late if it wasn’t for my dog’s persistence.”
She adds, “Victoria saved my life and my face, and she’s earned a lifetime of love and praise. I’d like to tell everyone to pay close attention if your own dog starts to act in a similar way.”
“Your dog might know something that you don’t, so don’t brush their unusual behavior aside. Go get it checked out. I’m sure glad that I did.”
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