Thursday, February 7, 2013

What's up with that nose?

Most dog owners know their furry friends have a fantastic sense of smell. Put into numbers, the dog's nose is truly amazing.

  • Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. A human has about five million smell-detecting cells, while the average dog has more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets all this information is four times larger in dogs than in humans.
  • Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water. They can smell where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt.
  • Trained dogs can detect cancer too small to be detected by medical equipment, and can find lung cancer through sniffing a person's breath.
  • Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints, and can be used to identify them.
  • A dog's nose being wet means it can collect more of the tiny droplets of smelly chemicals in the air.

Besides the nose, a pair of average dog ears also outclass humans. A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a seconds, and can hear sounds four times further away than a human.


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