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Dog's Sense of Smell

Smell is the dog’s most keen sense. A dog’s sense of smell is said to be 1,000 times more sensitive than a human’s. Dogs have an extra olfactory organ called the vomeronasal organ or Jacobson’s organ. This organ is important in detecting pheromones and possibly body scents. Dogs continually sniff the air, ground and things nearby to get information on what is happening around them. The design of the nostrils accommodates this process. A dog’s nose is usually cool and wet. This moisture captures and dissolves molecules in the air to bring them in contact with the olfactory epithelium inside the nose.

Dogs sniff to maximize their detection of odors. When they sniff continuously, washing out of the odor does not occur due to the presence of a nasal pocket created by the bony subethmoidal shelf. This pocket allows the unrecognizable odors to accumulate and interact with the olfactory receptors longer. This process allows information to be passed along to the olfactory nerves and eventually to the dog’s brain aiding the dog in recognizing a scent and following a trail. This makes canines excellent “co‐workers” for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol; as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Hence when compounding veterinary medications for dogs, we San Jose Compounding give multiple options for flavoring medications for dogs. We have beef, chicken, bacon, steak, ham, turkey and more flavors that smell and taste good and mask taste and smell of medications well so its easy for the owners to administer medications to their dogs. Please call our Veterinary Compounding Specialist today at 408 296 5015 to learn more!