Dog keeps sniffing reddish lump on owner’s nostril—when she goes to doctor, it saves her life

We’re aware that dogs have a heightened sense of smell, but hounds take that sensory function to another level. One lady can testify to this after her hound—or Dr. hound—detected an oddity on her face. With persistent hints, the dog finally managed to convince her that something was wrong.

Lauren Gauthier, of Buffalo, New York, was puzzled when her rescued treeing walker coonhound dog, Victoria, kept sniffing a reddish lump near her nostril.

She decided to visit the doctor to get it examined, and the result showed that it was basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

“She’d been literally putting her nose onto my nose where the cancer was,” Gauthier told “My dog’s persistence in smelling that area made me wonder if there was something suspicious about it.”

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Gauthier thought that the cancer might have come from her use of a tanning bed when she was a teen. She recalled using it at least three times a week.

“I think that that’s probably most likely where I developed this,” she said.

And fortunately, her one-eyed dog detected the cancer.

“She started smelling a specific area of my nose to the extent that she would actually touch her nose to mine where the cancer is and lean back and look at me and smell it again and look at me,” Gauthier recalled. “It was very odd and she kept doing it repeatedly and I thought that that was a little bit unusual for her to do.”

Gauthier is now warning everyone to stay away from tanning beds.

“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. 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,” she told

Gauthier later went for surgery, which altered her appearance, but felt grateful that Victoria was able to warn her earlier, rather than find out later … which would’ve been detrimental for her face.

“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!” she said.

And she assures everyone that she is getting better every day.

“You will heal,” she said.

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