Can Pets Detect Serious Health Problems in Human Owners?

What do you think? Can pets detect if their guardians are suffering from a serious illness?

Read on before you give an answer.

This is a story I posted in a fellow community. It's a story between Janet Batten and her cat named Noah.

Noah began to constantly nudge Janet on the right side of her head just about the same time as she began to experience vision problems.

"He constantly smelled my head on the right side, in the front, and in my eye and in my nose. Sometimes he would really push to get into my head. He began to make this sound I had never heard before. I began to get suspicious,” narrated Janet to The Northern Virginia Daily.

Janet later had a stroke. When she had her CAT scan (yes, the REAL one in the hospital minus the fur and all) the doctors found out that she had suffered a brain aneurysm. Fortunately Janet survived.

Dr. Bruce Coston, Noah's veterinarian, is convinced that the pet had a paw on Janet's survival, so convinced that he nominated Noah for the “Animal Hero” award at the Virginia Veterinary Conference this year, which tha cat won.

"Because Noah the cat had been alerting his mom that something was wrong, she was aggressive in seeking treatment,” says Coston.

So what do you think? Can dogs and cats smell trouble lingering inside our body? Post your comments and share your similar experiences, if any. We will be very much interested!

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Comment by Mia on July 19, 2012 at 11:58am

The week my AVM ruptured my dog was acting very anxious. He kept starring at me and barking. I could not understand why. I was going yo take her for a walk the morning of my aneurysm. I decided not to because she was acting so strange. Maybe she was trying to tell me something. Interesting article

Comment by Rosario Salinas on April 22, 2012 at 3:32pm

Did anyone watched the movie: My sister's keeper?. there is this scene with Alec Baldwin. Even, as a very taft lawyer, he needed to take his dog everywhere, even at the court room against the judge's orders. Later, at the end of the movie we understood that the dog was trained to alert him when a seizure was coming. Very interesting. I guess all of us would consider having a pet.

Comment by simone on March 23, 2012 at 10:25pm

Comment by Armando A. on March 22, 2012 at 10:28pm

Interesting reads! Any other inspiring stories out there? Don't hesitate to post your story or simply offer your insight.

This one's a follow-up.
Girl's Best Friend is Dog Who Carries Her Oxygen Tank

Comment by Ben Mrl on March 22, 2012 at 2:19pm

Yes. I believe they do. My mother is diabetic and I can't tell you how many times her dog woke her up when her sugar dropped. Usualy this would happen in the middle of the night. I often wonder if they smell it or... they sense it. Either way... I believe they know when somethings wrong.


Comment by Barbara H. on March 22, 2012 at 1:46pm
I volunteer at an animal shelter plus several other animal rescues. I hear stories of animals detecting heart problems...cancer...seizures all the time. So yes I do believe they can detect health issues!
Comment by Cheryl Jones Brannan on March 22, 2012 at 11:29am

I got my cat in October. He's 2 yrs old and wasn't one to sit on my lap for any amount of time, very independent! I had an embolization and was in the hospital for 5 days in January. When I came home he would follow me around the house like a puppy dog! He will scratch at the bathroom door if he thinks I'm in there for too long. He will still sit on my lap or lays across my legs till I get up. Yes I'm also convinced they are very intune to us!

Comment by Wendy T on March 22, 2012 at 10:53am
I was in the hospital with my AVM and stroke for two weeks. My cat was angry because I wasn't home. When I got out of the hospital she treated me differently because she tries to trip me when I am going down the steps to remind me to feed her. She stopped that. I think she knew something was wrong with me. I knew I had recovered when she was back to old antics.
Comment by Wendy T on March 22, 2012 at 10:51am
I was in the hospital with my AVM and stroke for two weeks. My cat was angry because I wasn't home. When I got out of the hospital she treated me differently. She usually tries to trip me when I am going down the steps to remind me to feed her. She sto
Comment by Patti on March 22, 2012 at 10:03am

Great article, Armando & thanks for sharing!
I have 3 cats & especially during the earlier times of surgery recovery, they became more attentive, wanting to spend more time near me & on my lap. I'm convinced they're in tune with our health changes! :)

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