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According to scientists, a person has some five million scent receptors, which sounds like a lot until you realize that a bloodhound has 300 million receptors. Depending on the breed, a dog’s sense of smell is some 1,000 to 10,000,000 (our bloodhound) times more sensitive than its owner’s.
There’s more. A dog’s brain is about one-tenth the size of a human brain but the part that relates to sense of smell is 40 times larger.
Consequently, the trash can, candy dish, dropped food, pie left on the counter top, and the sandwich you stepped away from for a second to grab a drink all beckon and the call can be irresistible to many dogs. We’re looking at you Labrador Retrievers.
So if the wonderful aroma of a holiday feast being prepared makes you salivate, just imagine what it does to your dog. A small bite of most people food is not dangerous, but owners do need to be vigilant so that a trip to the veterinarian is not part of the season.
This time of year with dinners, parties, visitors, holiday decorations, and general hustle and bustle can be particularly challenging for owners of adventurous pets. The food issue is two-fold: the sneak attack, and owner indulgence. Both can result in gastric distress from annoying to dangerous.