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Dogs Detect Cancer In Their Humans

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By Hope Schultz for WebVet

We always assume no one knows us better or is more in tune with our needs than our ‘best’ friends.  And for many, these friends come in the form of spouses, significant others, and family members. Well, who knew that at the end of the day your very best friend/significant other/family member (I draw the line at spouse) just might be the fabulous furry friend who saves your life. 

Call me crazy, or not.  If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately you’ve obviously heard countless stories about a dog’s ability to sniff out illness in humans.  The fact of the matter is that a dog's olfactory ability is more than 50 times that of their two-legged counterparts.  But does this necessarily mean they can sniff out illnesses including cancer and the onset of epileptic seizures in their owners?  Indeed it does!

And for this my dog-loving friends, we should all thank DOG.  Oops, I meant GOD.  One and the same in my book!

For some great stories on this amazing, yet not surprising, phenomenon, visit http://www.parade.com/health/2010/06/20-dogs-sniff-out-disease.html and to join in a fabulous heartfelt dialogue about what this special gift means to you visit, http://www.everydayhealth.com/forums/cancer-in-america-join-the-conversation/sniffing-out-disease.

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