Dogs’ incredible sense of smell is indisputable.  These tail-waggers are not only adorable pets, they have also been used for centuries for hunting because their noses are much better at finding prey or food than ours.  Today, specially-trained dogs help us find everything from bombs to illegal drugs, and even diseases such as diabetes and certain cancers, by simply using their sniffers!

Dogs’ abilities to sniff out cancers has been reported over the years.  There was case involving a Border Collie/Doberman Pinscher mix that relentlessly sniffed and nipped at a single mole on her owner’s leg which turned out to be malignant.  Another case was that of Nancy Best and her dog Mia which kept on sniffing and pouncing on her right breast.  When Nancy examined the spot, she noticed a lump.  Her doctor recommended a biopsy which came back positive of Stage II breast cancer. Continue reading