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    Default Do You Think Dogs Know when Their Fellow Dogs Are Unwell?

    I only ask this because when Wendy had her recent vestibular attacks, Chewy was unwilling to go near her. At first I put it down to her strange behaviour, but now I think it's something a bit more. It has only been in the last 2 days, when Wendy has been fully able to jump and spin, etc. that Chewy will lay next to her again and let Wendy groom her. She even went to the extreme of moving away from Wendy if Wendy tried to snuggle next to her for comfort. As a human, I felt anger towards Chewy for behaviour I considered quite cruel, but perhaps she was frightened or exhibiting some sort of self-protective behaviour. Anyway, I find it interesting. Linda

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    Yes dogs know.

    They sometimes know when their owner is unwell too, and they've started using dogs to detect the presence of cancer, and they can be more reliable than blood tests.

    It may be that Wendy smells quite different or strange to Chewy so Chewy isn't sure if she's the same dog. Or it may be that this is how dogs prevent getting infections from other dogs - though my dog doesn't have this sense of self preservation and was very willing to say hello and sniff other dogs that happened to have kennel cough at the time. Eek. I wish vets would remind owners to isolate dogs with "a bit of a doggy cold".

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    I think they do.

    I also think they know when we are not well. I have occasional migraine and my dogs tend to behave well usually staying next to me. Perhaps because I am on bed
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    My dog diagnosed my cancer before the doctors did.
    I only realised when her behaviour of nosing and bumping my chest stopped halfway through chemo when a CT scan showed great reduction in my tumour.

    I also gave up wondering if I felt well or sick each day. Pretty would lick me awake if it was going to be a bad day or just be asleep beside me if it was going to be a good one.

    There is possibility that I have relapsed. An iffy scan and we are both watching her like a hawk to see if she starts that behaviour again.

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    I also think they do, but different dogs react in different ways. There are dogs out there who will even attack the weak, sick dogs.

    Last time, when I fostered chihuahua in a really terrible shape, my rottie was often near her, licking her face, sniffing her and after a while chichi was looking for her "protection", she became very comfortable near her and thanks to her she started walking and following the rest of us (she wouldn't move from one spot for two weeks, even to do her business and it took her couple of months 'til she could go for a walk, and 4 months to get used to walking on leash).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    I think they do.

    I also think they know when we are not well. I have occasional migraine and my dogs tend to behave well usually staying next to me. Perhaps because I am on bed
    I am now on Topamax for menstrual migraine, but I used to be bedridden twice a month prior to going on Topamax as I got my migraines on Day 1 and Day 15 of my cycle. Chewy and Wendy would sit and whimper at the edge of the bed until I dragged them up with me. They would lay with me on the bed and keep me company until I was well enough to be up and about again. If I am just having a lay down for any reason, they don't bother me. Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    I also think they do, but different dogs react in different ways. There are dogs out there who will even attack the weak, sick dogs.

    Last time, when I fostered chihuahua in a really terrible shape, my rottie was often near her, licking her face, sniffing her and after a while chichi was looking for her "protection", she became very comfortable near her and thanks to her she started walking and following the rest of us (she wouldn't move from one spot for two weeks, even to do her business and it took her couple of months 'til she could go for a walk, and 4 months to get used to walking on leash).
    I believe that Mick Gatto has pugs and rottweilers. The pugs live inside and the rottweilers patrol the perimeter. Hubby and I reckon the rottweilers are the pug's bodyguards. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    My dog diagnosed my cancer before the doctors did.
    I only realised when her behaviour of nosing and bumping my chest stopped halfway through chemo when a CT scan showed great reduction in my tumour.

    I also gave up wondering if I felt well or sick each day. Pretty would lick me awake if it was going to be a bad day or just be asleep beside me if it was going to be a good one.

    There is possibility that I have relapsed. An iffy scan and we are both watching her like a hawk to see if she starts that behaviour again.
    Wow...you read about these things and I believe, but it still amazes me

    I know when our Toby was unwell with the Lymphoma our girls were lovely with him and very gentle on his bad day. They played rough on his good days, which he loved, but so sweet and gentle mouth/paw to mouth/paw games on the floor if he was unwell. Katy also stayed with him, very close on his last two days. She knew his end was close. So opposite to yours, but still they know.

    On another thing..........One of our horses went down with colic at 1am one morning. My older newfie girl who hardly barks, would not let up that night. We thought someone was at the barn, so we went to check and found Jack down and just starting to roll. We have always said the Annabelle saved Jack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda45 View Post
    I am now on Topamax for menstrual migraine, but I used to be bedridden twice a month prior to going on Topamax as I got my migraines on Day 1 and Day 15 of my cycle. Chewy and Wendy would sit and whimper at the edge of the bed until I dragged them up with me. They would lay with me on the bed and keep me company until I was well enough to be up and about again. If I am just having a lay down for any reason, they don't bother me. Linda
    My boys are not whimpering (I wish they do) but sitting quite. My cat tries to sleep next to me but I do not think she knows I am not well. Very much their own benefit....

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    I would say yes.

    Barney wasn't feeling the best after a long run the other day...I think just extratired and he wasnt in the mood for playing and Pippi knew and even though she usually constantly harrasses him, she just lay down with him.

    When Chevy got crook, Barney didnt leave her side, even for a second.

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