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Old 12-10-2013, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I made a post a couple of months ago about my pup Dude waking me up nosing my head only to realize I had a migraine. Well he has been showing me another talent over the last couple of days...

I bruise easily and I have a physical job. It is not uncommon for me to have a new one or two every couple of days. Dude has gotten in the habit of inspecting me when I get home and will find the new bruises everytime. It does get a bit annoying having his nose attached to me lol, but it's kind of interesting to me that he can sniff them out!
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They ARE amazing, aren't they?
That's one talented boy you got there!
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What a cool dog! Sounds like you have a guardian angel of the canine variety.


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That is truly amazing! I wonder what would happen if he sat at your physicians office all day, would he find or nose the patients' ailments. I've heard of dogs being able to scent out illness. I'd go to the doctor more often I knew he/she had a canine for an assistant.
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That is truly amazing! I wonder what would happen if he sat at your physicians office all day, would he find or nose the patients' ailments. I've heard of dogs being able to scent out illness. I'd go to the doctor more often I knew he/she had a canine for an assistant.
Yeah! Wouldn't it be neat if a big, beautiful GSD walked out into the waiting room with a clipboard in it's mouth and a note that says "please fill out these 15 pages", lol. I guarantee that I couldn't possibly be irritated about filling out paperwork then.


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hmmmm are you sure they are just bruises, or is your gsd trying to tell you something.
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hmmmm are you sure they are just bruises, or is your gsd trying to tell you something.


That's my thinking.

OP have you been checked by your doctor?
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Certain bacterial infections close to the surface of the skin can look like bruises and give off a specific odor the dog would be able to pick up on.
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think it was a McConnell book, not sure but it had a breakdown of just how absurdly powerful a dog's nose(used a GSD as example, huzzah!) is.

Imagine a building 20 stories tall, with the corresponding footprint. This particular building is just a shell, no floors or anything, just a huge box. Now there is a pheromone or some chemical that we/animals release when scared, can't remember the name of it. Anyway, one gram of this stuff released inside that 20 story building would trigger our(human) senses. Pretty good huh? Well, scale that building up to the size of PHILADELPHIA and Mr. GSD could detect it.

So bruises are prolly pretty smelly to a dog. Extra blood near the surface with the addition of extra white blood cells and the cast-off dead cell esters and whatnot. Seeing as how dogs can likely smell hair growing, an extra smelly bit of skin will attract attention to a curious mutt.

A friend of mine had Hodgkins in high school. He had to go through chemo and radiation, it really whalloped him good. He went bald, got weak...the normal routine for radical elimination of the cancer(full remission 20+ years later). When he came over to my house my Border Collie, Katy, went wild. She sniffed, licked and howled and generally fussed over him. She knew something was terribly out of whack and tried her hardest to let us know. My dad died of cancer, and Katy was around. She glued herself to him, snarling at the hovering relatives. When he over-dosed on morphine(several times mind you, he'd forget he had a patch on and apply multiple) she would come and bark and whine at me.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the concern yep I'm sure they are only bruises. I'm pretty clumsy and remember each one I get. I was concerned about it and did have it checked out but my doctor told me that my maintenance meds I take for migraine keeps my blood thin.

I just thought it was cool that Dude could smell them, He's the 1st dog I have owned who has alerted me to things like this.
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