Has your dog changed his behaviour towards you since you began treatment for cancer?

I know many of you have a dog who adores you. Has your dog changed his behaviour towards you since you began treatment for cancer?

I ask, because mine climbs on top of me when I rest on the couch, comes and puts her face right in front of my face and looks deeply into my eyes. It feels like she expects me to vanish before her eyes. She also begins to tremble like she does if she hears fireworks. She acts terrified of something. She follows me everywhere, even into the bathroom and lays as close to be as she can get. Does she know something, or is she afraid of something?

I am starting to find it a little bit unnerving.

Contrary to suggestions here, I have not had chemo and I have not had radiation. I am not on prescriptions so I should not smell of chemicals.

Faye Woody
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Might be that she can smell the chemicals.

Jodi Tucker
J

I'm not taking any chemicals. I am not on chemo or radiation.

Faye Woody 3 years

Our dog always would sit in the chair with my husband, but since he has been on chemo he won't sit by him. Weird.

Kathi Holder
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Even if you aren't currently doing treatment it is still in your system. She may just know you aren't feeling normal and she is trying to comfort you

Jodi Tucker
J

Has never been in my system because I have never done chemo or radiation.

Faye Woody 3 years

I believe he is referring to Cancer and the chemical makeup. The dog can sense it.

Kristine Fenton 3 years

Yeah my dog's a little different now with my husband having brain cancer and lung cancer

Donna Prater
D

Dogs are extremely smart. They just know sometimes when things are off.

Gay Roman
G

Mine is far more watchful and protective

Ndn Dumas
N

Yea dogs have a keen sense to cancer. Or illnesses

Vickie Everett
V

Dogs are keen to different health issues.
She knows your sick and is trying her best to comfort you

Wendy Gallo
W

I do think animals can sense when we are unwell or sad, my dog certainly does .

Naomi Rhoades
N

My pug senses when I feel bad. He goes everywhere with me and lays right on top of me when I'm on the couch. Before I started chemo, he wouldn't even sit in my lap.

Karen Keller
K

Wow... Sounds exactly like mine, except I am not scheduled for any chemo or radiation. Supposedly they got it all with the surgery.

Faye Woody 3 years

Your fur-baby must just sense a difference in you.

Karen Keller 3 years

I think pets are very perceptive and know when something's wrong.

Catherine Merritt
C

My moms dog is now always closer to her

Jenny Meier
J

At first I thought it was because I had to leave her with my brother for 10 days while I was in the hospital. When I came home she sat on the other side of the room for about 30 minutes then she got a whiff of me and came and sat on top of me and just lay with her head on my shoulder. She must've thought I had abandoned her.

Faye Woody
F

They say dogs can sense the cancer in you. Also they have a much higher sense of smell so chemo drugs might have her curious.

Nina Shields
N

No chemo, no radiation, no drugs at all.

Faye Woody 3 years

Sorry I didn't read the last bit

Nina Shields 3 years

I have 3 cats and my Clara baby sits on me and snuggles all the time now. She is the only one showing a difference.

Stephanie Garrison
S

I haven't started any treatment yet and my pug knows something is wrong, she does not leave my side.

Rachel Corbin
R

That's what I mean... She sticks to me like glue.

Faye Woody 3 years

My dog lays at my dads feet any opportunity to do so. No Chemo or radiation.

Kristine Fenton
K

Dogs can smell cancer cells and some have been trained to do so

Sue Horner
S

Ours follows my husband everywhere, and sits and stares also

Cat Dillon
C

There are dogs who are being studied for the ability to find cancer. There might be just a slight difference to your smell, but I'm guessing that your dog is responsive to your moods, levels of stress/anxiety, and your daily activities. It's wonderful to be loved so completely, isn't it?

Genevieve Mcgowan
G

My little chihuahua is constantly glued to me all day and sleeps on top of me at night. It is the epitome of love

Betty Holmes
B

We have 2 black labs and a Bernese mountain dog and all 3 stick to me like glue. They sense your mood and know something is not right so they want to comfort and make you feel better.

Sue Davies
S

Yes my are the same way even our cat does the samething. They started it before I was even diagnosis with my cancer. I was afraid I would fall over them either hurting them or myself. I have gotten use to it now and don't know what I would do without them now they are my comfort at times.

Jacqueline Beasley
J

Your dog senses your feelings. He is picking up on your vibes. I think it's his way of comforting you.

Lori Ferreira
L

Iagree

Jack Fritz 3 years

I believe that animals can sense disease. Some clinics have dogs there to smell patients for prescreening for cancer. Your dog loves you and is trying to be your helper.

Mary Spears
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We have 5 dogs. They all watch me carefully but apparently the husky has been "assigned" to care for me. He refuses to be separated from me when I am in the house. If he goes outside to play, he pops in every so often to check on me. He lays beside me if I'm asleep. He also comes and smells my breath, he looked very concerned before I started treatment but now he smells and seems satisfied that I'm OK. They know a lot more than we give them credit for.

Beth Fry
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That's so cute, the part where he smells you & seems satisfied. Now I wish I had a dog

Sara Rosario 3 years

He's really cute.

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Beth Fry 3 years

Awww, can I borrow him ?

Sara Rosario 3 years

And he's just a baby! Only 10 months. You can borrow him anytime but he eats a ton of food! Lol

Beth Fry 3 years

The SPCA is always looking for foster homes, or if you can't have them at your home but can still walk a little, you can go in and walk the dogs. I'm grateful that mine is 12 and nearing the end of her life because I wouldn't want to leave a pet behind that is unable to be re-homed. As it is I just spent $1000 on her on dental care in the hopes that if something happens to me she will be more adoptable because she won't look like a big vet bill.

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Faye Woody
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Before I was diagnosed, my brother (also with lung cancer) asked if my other brother or I would take his young dog when he passed. My older brother flew to Arizona to get him and I adopted him into the family. It brings me such peace to know that I can give my brother the gift of caring for the dog he loved. I am blessed to know that if something happens to me, my family will love him in my place.

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Genevieve Mcgowan 3 years

That was the biggest fear I had when I was diagnosed. What will happen to my animals They are all rescues and seniors now so it would be difficult to find homes for them. They were by my side (Laying, sleeping with me) when I went through treatment and seemed to know I was not well. They were such a comfort to me. I am hoping that I can outlive them....

Katherine Mcgrath 3 years

She/he knows something is not right. Maybe she is on protection mode.

Kay Zimmerman
K

My mom thinks her dog knew she had breast cancer even before she was diagnosed. She would literally snuggle into her chest., and now that she has been treated she has gone back to laying across her lap.

Lynn Devine
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I absolutely believe that! I had a little Shih Tzu who kept pawing on my left breast. A few days later it was time for my self exam and there was blood. Oncologist told me it was the smallest breast cancer she had ever seen. A few years later he was pawing at a spot on the back of my right leg. I ran to the Dr and told him he was removing that spot and I didn't care what he thought it might be. It was precancerous.

Beth Fry 3 years

Beth Fry I am going to tell my mom your story. That is amazing! Hope you are doing well now.

Lynn Devine 3 years

Unfortunately, the breast cancer decided to reappear in my lungs 13 years later. I'm in a research trial and I feel pretty good but I'm stage IV

Beth Fry 3 years

Beth Fry, which trial are you on?

Sara Rosario 3 years

Ibrance and anastrozole

Beth Fry 3 years

oh heavens yes....

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Debbi Hagen
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like glue

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Debbi Hagen
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Thank you so much everyone. Now I really feel at home knowing that so many here love their fur babies as much as me. If someone tells me they want unconditional love I am very quick to tell them to get a dog. Nothing is better at teaching unconditional love and giving it than a dog. I am convinced God made dogs to teach us how to love, really love.

Faye Woody
F

She smells the cancer... Our dog did the very same thing with my husband & was overly protective of him.... He would even growl at me & I've raised him scince the day he was born. My husband had his lung cancer removed & he stopped acting like that... İt was odd & sadly I knew what he was trying to do... PROTECT... Because he knew his other owner was vulnerable. My husband has very bad copd as well... But my dog doesn't smell the envasion there... But Cancer a dog can smell. EMBRACE YOUR SWEET DOG HUN... Shes worried About you.

Dana Berger
D

Lol she was so worried about me that she pooped on my bedroom carpet while I was out tonight. In all fairness, all this snow that we've had in Western Canada was over her head and she hasn't had a decent place where she could go and do her thing for two weeks. I guess it was all too much for her.

Faye Woody 3 years

Aww sweet little dog !!!

Dana Berger 3 years

My husband who has lung cancer keeps asking me why Keesha keeps staring at him. She stares and looks him right in the eyes. She sleeps right next to him and follows him around. She is his best friend. She makes him want to live and she keeps my husband active.

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Gloria Morrow
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