Healthy Pets

Smell and Taste

posted: 05/15/12
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Smell and Taste
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Most dogs are able to detect scents and tastes that are beyond human perception, but some breeds have especially acute sensory skills. The bloodhound can follow a four-day-old track using its highly developed sense of smell. Other breeds such as German shepherds and golden retrievers have been trained to detect hidden drugs, explosives, and even termites.

Because of this heightened sense of smell, it is important to be sensitive to the types of household cleaning products used. Many of these products contain heavy amounts of chemically-created odors which can get to your pet right where they live -- near the floor where most of these products are used.

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Smell and Taste
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Most dogs are able to detect scents and tastes that are beyond human perception, but some breeds have especially acute sensory skills. The bloodhound can follow a four-day-old track using its highly developed sense of smell. Other breeds such as German shepherds and golden retrievers have been trained to detect hidden drugs, explosives, and even termites.

Because of this heightened sense of smell, it is important to be sensitive to the types of household cleaning products used. Many of these products contain heavy amounts of chemically-created odors which can get to your pet right where they live -- near the floor where most of these products are used.

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Dogs use their large, spongy tongues like ladles to lap up water. Special taste receptors on their tongues are believed to allow canids to recognize chemical composition variances -- such as salt and impurities -- in different water sources.

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