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Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other’s Butts?

Anal glands, which secrete a foul-smelling liquid, are used for scent marking and identification. Because of their complex olfactory system which includes a component called Jacobsen’s organ in addition to their nose, they can also process scents that have no detectable odor like pheromones. A butt sniff is the equivalent of a human handshake enabling…

Why is my dog panting?

Dogs don’t sweat like humans, excessive heat is lost as air moves through your dog’s airways. While normal respiration in dogs can be up to 30-40 breaths per minute, a panting dog can exchange air up to 300-400 times per minute. Some causes of abnormal panting can include stress, pain, endocrine diseases, heatstroke, and heart…

Why do dogs have wet noses?

Dogs’ ability to detect scents is up to 10,000 times more sensitive than the human nose.. A wet nose enhances the ability to trap olfactory (connected with sense of smell) chemicals in the secretions produced in the glands of the nose. Some dogs lick their nose, contributing to the “wet nose” look and enhancing the…