February 27, 2012: Advanced Sense of Smell, Superior Hearing, Pregnancy Sense?

~ by Mary Galvano

For the past few months I have noticed a change in my dog’s behavior. She has become increasingly protective and extra loving with me. Recently, my dog has been more clingy than usual and she is cleaning our furniture like there is no tomorrow. She licks constantly! We have to put blankets down so that she will not ruin our sofa. Even when we turn off the lights to go to sleep she continues her ritual tongue bathing of anything in front of her until she gets the job done. My husband asked me, “Do you think she knows you are pregnant?” It then hit me, no wonder she is cleaning everything in sight. She is getting ready for baby. Can a dog be that clever?

Yes. There is scientific proof that pets sense their owner’s pregnancies even before the owner knows. Dogs and cats can detect differences in your mood, behavior, and body chemistry that clue them in to the big changes you are going through. Animals can detect changes in weather, earthquakes, and volcanoes way before humans. They can also detect cancers in humans, seizers, and heart attacks. So, it is no surprise that they can detect pregnancy.

Dogs and cats are masters at reading body language, as are animals in general. They will notice the slightest change to your movements. It is common for dogs to become overprotective of their expectant owner from the moment of conception. Dog can be sensitive to pregnancy because of the variations in hormones and pheromones in pregnant women. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell that is vastly superior to humans. In fact, their ability to smell is one million times better than humans. This is why your dog may start acting different before pregnancy symptoms kick in and before the pregnancy test is taken. As a human it kind of makes me feel inferior. Here we need to be taught to look for signs, while they just know. They don’t need to see to believe that there is new life growing inside of a womb. They simply accept it for what it is, life. This is only another proof that animals are very close to God.

It isn’t just cats and dogs that take on a new personality during pregnancy; all animals may react differently. Women who live or work on farms have reported that their barnyard animals tend to follow them a bit more closely when they are out with them. In particular, horses seem to have a thing for following around pregnant women and nuzzling pregnant bellies. It looks like humans aren’t the only ones that can’t resist touching a pregnant belly!

To help your pet understand that you still love him or her, it is good to careful of the messages that you send out through body language. Pregnant women unconsciously place their hands over their stomach, and dogs can read this closed-arm position as a way of saying, “stay away.” Open-armed postures, on the other hand, send dogs a message of welcoming to them. Make sure to keep giving your pets your love and attention.

Again, we are proven that animals are God’s special creations. They are in harmony with nature just as we should be.

Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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