A Derby resident has claimed that her dogs have helped to save her life and stop her cancer from spreading.
Beverley Kerry has cancer and thought that it was under control. However, during her chemotherapy, she believes her dogs Misty and Cookie alerted her to an area where the cancer had spread.
For weeks the animals would lick Beverley’s arm where, a scan later revealed, the cancerous cells had spread.
In a letter she wrote to her dogs, as part of a national competition, Beverley said: “I had stopped you licking me whilst I was having chemo; I didn’t want either of you to ingest the drug through my skin, but when you continued it for weeks and weeks and then my arm began to hurt, I thought something more might be on the cards.”
“A CT scan revealed it had spread to my bones – and one of the spots it was in was exactly where you both kept licking. How did you know?”
Thanks to her dogs, who are Lhasa Apsos, Beverly is now taking injections to strengthen the bones in her arms and believes that it should stop the cancer from getting worse and help her bones from becoming brittle and breaking.
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She says that she “will be forever grateful” to her heroic pooches and has entered them into Protectivity’s ‘UK’s Best Pet’ competition.
The winner of the competition will be given the title of the UK’s best pet, and win £100 in Canvas Creatures and Pet Planet vouchers, with a further £100 donated to an animal charity of their choice.