‘My dog was so persistent.’: Rescue dog detects cancer on owner’s nose, saves her life

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A rescue dog is being credited for saving an Amherst, New York, woman’s life. Lauren Gauthier said her one-eyed rescue dog, Victoria, persistently sniffed a red spot on her nose, prompting her to get the bump checked, and she’s so glad she did. It turns out the bump was basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

“It really is amazing that my dog was so persistent in sniffing the area that was skin cancer,” Gauthier told SweetBuffalo716.com. “The surgery itself has changed my face, and if my dog had not picked up on it, I may have ignored the spot, which could have risked further disfigurement. Hounds have a keen sense of smell but I never thought that I would personally benefit from it!”

Woman with scar on her nose from skin cancer removal
Lauren Gauthier

Since the cancer was detected early on, it didn’t spread or cause further health issues. Victoria, who was rescued from a Kentucky shelter, saved her owner’s life by not giving up on showing her something was wrong. Had it not been for her intuitive pup, Gauthier may have never gone to the doctor.

“I am so thankful for Victoria. She and I have always had a close bond and she senses when I’m upset or stressed; I had no idea she’d be able to detect that I had cancer lurking underneath my skin,” Gauthier told Love What Matters. “What is particularly rewarding is that I adopted her through the rescue that I founded, (Magic’s Mission Beagle & Hound Rescue, Inc.) and devote much of my life to saving hounds who have been abused or neglected. It seems Victoria and her keen skills are the way that the hounds decided to give back to me.”

Woman smiles in selfie with dog who discovered skin cancer on her nose
Lauren Gauthier

She is now warning teens and adults alike to stay away from the tanning bed where she thinks the skin cancer may have stemmed from.

“My advice for teenagers and others considering tanning bed use is – don’t. There are many other options available, like spray tans, to help improve cosmetic appearance,” she said. “The cost and the damage you do to your skin is way too high, and even though growing older seems a world away, once you are older, you will pay a price for tans and tanning beds.”

Scar on woman's nose after having skin cancer removed
Lauren Gauthier

Gauthier would also like to let everyone know that while her surgery has altered her appearance, she is feeling better every day.

“You will heal,” she said.

Woman with scar on her nose from skin cancer removal takes selfie
Lauren Gauthier

Woman smiles in selfie with her dog that made her get bump on nose checked out
Lauren Gauthier

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Kimberly LaRussa, founder of SweetBuffalo716.com, where the story originally appearedSubmit your story here, and subscribe to our best love stories here.

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