Victoria, a one-eyed dog saved her owner’s life by sniffing out a cancerous lump.
The dog was rescued by her owner, Lauren Gauthier eight months ago. The dog kept sniffing a specific area of the nose. According to Gauthier:
“She started smelling a specific area of my nose to the extent that she would actually touch her nose to mine where the cancer is and lean back and look at me and smell it again and look at me”.
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A skin biopsy came back that confirmed the cancerous cell. Lauren further added:
She’d been literally putting her nose on my nose where the cancer was, my dog’s persistence in smelling that area made me wonder if there was something suspicious about it.
Gauthier further added:
I enjoyed tanning as a teen and would use a tanning bed at least three times a week. I think that that’s probably most likely where I developed this.
While her nostril is now slightly scarred, and she didn’t have feeling in her nose for several months, she said she is glad her pup caught the cancer early on.
She’s just our family dog, she’s not a detection dog of any sort, Gauthier said. There’s the old term or ‘who rescued who’ and I think it’s especially true in Victoria’s case.