Has anybody else noticed a change in their dogs behaviour either before, during or after diagnosis?
I ask this as one of my Siberian Huskies started to get very agitated if I coughed (this was prior to me being diagnosed or having any inkling that I was ill). I had developed a tickling cough and Remy (the Husky) would be clearly uncomfortable when I coughed, moving away then sitting down and fixing me with a stare. When the cough stopped he would immediately come over to me and put his head against my stomach. If I was sitting he would climb up and lie on me with head on my stomach. Anybody else coughing, there was no reaction.
Sadly I outlasted Remy who at the age of fourteen was put to sleep due to old age. But his behaviour has stayed with me and I often wonder if he knew what I did not.
Remy & his mate Snowy, passed before my surgery and I resolved then that to help me recover (well to convince my wife) I needed another dog. We now have Mischa & Loki, both Siberian Huskies pups and both rescued. Loki from Battersea and Misha from the Husky Rescue.
We all walk every day and have done since I was able to after my surgery.
I am delighted to say that neither of them has started staring at me in a strange way so this maybe considered a good sign. I have read about dogs being used to detect cancer now.