Compared to humans, dogs have a greater sense of smell. For instance, dogs can smell what’s inside a fridge before you even open it. They know when they’re getting a doggie treat because they can sense where the food is.
It turns out, dogs can smell so much more than just food. A red collie named Max is proof.
Max enjoyed playing with his owner Maureen. The two would venture out for a walk, and it would always be a fun and exciting experience for the pup. However, in 2008, he started acting strange. He always looked sad and out of energy.
At that time, Maureen didn’t know what to do. He refused to sit on her lap. Max no longer got excited whenever they went out for a walk. He just stared at her with sadness in his eyes and tapped on her breast with his nose.
Just when she was about to give up with Max, she realized what he was trying to tell her. She immediately contacted doctor to have the small lump in her breast checked.
When the mammogram results came, Maureen was a bit confused. Doctors said everything was normal. One day, after she saw the looks in Max’s eyes, she knew it was cancer.
Although the initial checks turned out to be negative, a surgical biopsy helped her diagnose her illness.
After the lump was removed, Max instantly transformed back into his old self. Thanks to the power of his nose, the worst thing that could have happened was prevented.
However, it’s not just Max who has extreme nose powers. Today, more and more dogs are being trained to discover cancerous cells. So if you have dogs, be thankful and take good care of them. You never know, someday, they might be the one who will save your life.