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Weird News Can dogs sense pregnancy? Research doesn't have a definite answer

06:10  14 november  2019
06:10  14 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Anecdotal stories from countless women suggest that dogs can sense pregnancy . But what does the research say? We'll go over why it's possible that Fido Considering how dogs likely have a better sense of hearing — and better range — compared to humans, it stands to reason that they might also

Can dogs sense pregnancy ? Because of their powerful noses, it's believed by many that a dog can detect a change in a woman even before she does. “The healthiest of dogs will adapt well to new environments and routines, however some dogs may have a slower transition, requiring a little extra

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You've probably seen bomb-sniffing dogs at the airport or heard about dogs sniffing out cancer. But how far can a dog's nose go?

People have shared personal stories of their dogs acting differently after the person becomes pregnant. And while researchers don't have a definite answer about whether dogs can sense pregnancy, there is some research that suggests it's possible.

What the research says

Research has shown that dogs can detect prostate, bladder, and ovarian cancer in humans by sniffing urine samples. These samples contain biomarkers for cancer, called volatile organic compounds, which researchers theorize the dogs can smell and identify.

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How else might dogs sense pregnancy ? Dogs are very observant creatures and can pick up on different body language cues, moods, and emotions. A dog ’s behavior depends on their personality, so some dogs may react more strongly to pregnancy than others. Being pregnant and having a

Dogs have an astounding ability to sense change in the world around them, and that includes when their owner is pregnant . Dogs can easily notice when his owner has a difficult time standing up, or when she waddles instead of taking big, fast strides. And compared to a human, an acutely observant

And since one of the first signs of pregnancy is an increase in the human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, in the blood and urine, it is possible that personal accounts of dogs acting differently could be a result of the dog responding to the scent of hCG.

But here's the thing, dogs who can smell cancer were trained to do so. They didn't know what to sniff for until a trainer taught them. Rachel Barrack, a doctor of veterinary medicine, says that although a pregnant person's dog may detect changes in their scent, it is unlikely that your dog understands the reason.

No formal studies exist to prove that dogs can smell hormonal changes in pregnant people, though there is evidence that dogs may pick up on other human hormones.

For example, a 2015 study published in Physiology and Behavior reported that dogs and their owners had similar levels of the stress hormone during an agility competition.

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Best Answers . Can pets sense pregnancy ? Yes. Your pets probably don' t understand that in nine months a new baby will be joining your family, but dogs and cats do Dogs have an astounding ability to sense change in the world around them, and that includes when their owner is pregnant .

And if dogs sense pregnancy , what signals can you look for in your own pooch (or even in other It is possible that dogs can sense pregnancy . They have an amazing sense of smell and hearing that To hear today’s researchers tell it, the short answer to the question “do dogs know when you’re

Now, the dogs' cortisol levels could have been from the stress of the competition or a reaction to their owners' behavior. Yet when researchers accounted for this, they discovered that the best indicator for a dog's elevated cortisol levels was elevated levels in its owner, suggesting that dogs were reacting more strongly to hormonal changes than to the stress of the environment.

The bottom line a close up of a dog:     Take notice if a dog seems to be watching your every move - that    could mean that they don't trust you or that they feel    uncomfortable around you.      © Shutterstock

Take notice if a dog seems to be watching your every move - that could mean that they don't trust you or that they feel uncomfortable around you.

"Dogs that are worried about a person may stare at them or visually track their movement from a distance," Sueda told Insider.

A dog's nose runs all the way to the back of its throat, and a dog's sense of smell is about 1,000 times more sensitive than our own.

"Much of the dog's brain is dedicated to analyzing odors, allowing them to differentiate scents," Barrack says. And it's the same across breeds.

The dogs most often picked to be bomb- or cancer-sniffing dogs are German shepherds, Belgian shepherds, and Labrador retrievers. This is not because they have the strongest noses but because they're the most easily trained.

So is it possible for dogs to detect pregnancy? It's hard to say whether a dog could sniff out pregnancy without any training. But based on dogs' responses to other human hormones, perhaps one day researchers will find proof.


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