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12-13-2013 01:44 AM
OriginalWacky I often find that dogs zero in on my psoriasis and either sniff it a lot and some lick it (as if they want to 'heal' it?). I think it's just the different scent of that skin that makes them check it out. I don't mind, as it seems to be more interesting to them than sticking their nose in my groin or armpits.
12-11-2013 04:36 PM
Lilie I think all dogs are capable of letting us know we have specific ailments. I think some dogs are better at communicating than others. Some folks are better at 'listening' to their dogs.

We had a friend of the family come spend the weekend. He was being treated for testicular cancer. I had to put my Lacy up because he was (rudely) facinated in every inch of our friend. And couldn't stop himself. Hondo, on the other hand, stayed close to him and followed him around. Very unusual for Hondo to behave that way towards someone who is not in the 'family' circle.

My husband has a scar on his arm where he had Melanoma removed 6 years ago. It runs from his wrist to his elbow. Both boys and Maggie will sniff the scar. He continues to have check ups so we know it hasn't come back, but the dogs will trigger on the scar. He still has phantom pains where the nerve endings 'ping' every once in a while. It makes me wonder what exactly is triggering the dogs.

I had ACL replacement on my knee and have a scar on my knee. Maggie trys to lick the scar. I just can't figure out what it is on a scar that causes the interest.
12-11-2013 04:20 PM
Dudes mom 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.
12-11-2013 11:36 AM
brembo 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.
12-11-2013 11:28 AM
Baillif 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.
12-11-2013 11:12 AM
KZoppa
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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?
12-11-2013 11:10 AM
huntergreen hmmmm are you sure they are just bruises, or is your gsd trying to tell you something.
12-10-2013 06:45 PM
MyHans-someBoy
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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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12-10-2013 05:46 PM
Gretchen 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.
12-10-2013 05:07 PM
MyHans-someBoy What a cool dog! Sounds like you have a guardian angel of the canine variety.


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