The 'cospetic' industry is growing rapidly and there are very ingenious ways of marketing new products to loving pet parents, but are they necessary. Can these products be harming your pooch?
As humans, we're pretty content with our five senses. In fact, we’re so attuned to the way we experience the world, we often overlook that it could be perceived any differently at all. Despite our deep and meaningful psychological associations with certain scents, sounds, and visions, science has told us that other animals, including dogs, do indeed see things differently.
Quite significantly, for instance, although we think our eye-sight is top notch, birds trump us every time. As well as larger per scale eye size – ergo better eyesight – in addition to our three colour photoreceptors (blue, red, and green), birds can also appreciate ultraviolet. They see colours we couldn't possibly even imagine.
So, what does this insight mean for our beloved pooches?Let’s talk less feathered friends and more four-legged friends.
While humans' sense of smell is a handy addition to our perception tool kit, it isn't our dominant sense. As we've already touched upon, humans are largely dependent on sight. Dogs, on the other hand, rely on their nose to navigate their way through life. In fact, the us-and-them contrast is so great that it can be hard for us to comprehend.
A dog’s sense of smell tells them all they need to know about us, about objects, about new places, new people, including our emotions, health, and well-being. Impressive, to say the least. What’s more, it’s so vastly different from our understanding of the sense that we can easily forget just how powerful it is for our furry friends.
Veterinary professionals and biologists tend to disagree on how much better a dog's sense of smell is than a human's. Generally, it is accepted to be around 40 times greater. The area inside our brains dedicated to analysing odours is estimated to be around one square inch. A dog's membrane containing these scent-distinguishing cells exclipses ours!
But, take a seat, it doesn't end there.
As well as having this humongous scent-detection system, dog's also have a vomeronasal organ. This super savvy scent organ enables our pooches to detect pheromones, which determine elements of a dog's behaviour. As if that wasn't enough, they are also capable of smelling through each nostril, individually, at the same time. Effectively, our dogs smell in 3D. Just as we see in 3D.
Some breeds, such as gundogs, have adapted and evolved to have extended snouts, aiding effective tracking. Yet, even our little Lhasa Apsos and Pugs, with their small sniffers and flat faces, boast this exceptional, really quite extraordinary, sense of smell.
Needless to say, perfume is not for pups.
It goes without saying that, whatever smells good for you, is going to stink something potent to your pooch. Sure, that “doggy smell” that some owners complain of may well be a thing of the past. And in today’s day and age, pampered pups are all the rage on Insta. But, it’s time to strip things back and do what’s best for our dogs.
Heavily scented, perfumed shampoos, conditioners and grooming sprays are just too much for your loveable mutt. Imagine, just imagine, being trapped in LUSH, doused in the odour of high-street perfume counters, with a florist stocking up in the back for good measure. No thanks. Rethink things. Opt for dog-friendly, easy-on-the-nose grooming products for your pets.
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