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Cats’ Sense Of Smell, A Vet Explains (2024)

Last Updated on 2 hours by Dr. Shannon Barrett Have you ever noticed your cat sniffing around and wondered just what they’re detecting? It’s no mystery to experts—cats have over 200 million odor sensors in their noses! Their sense of smell is far superior to ours. Key Takeaways Cats sense of smell Comparison to humans A cat’s world is rich with scents that shape their experiences. With over 200 million odor sensors in their noses,

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Can I Spray Perfume on my Dog? Vets Answer Fragrance Questions

Last Updated on 6 days by Dr. Shannon Barrett The short answer is No. As a veterinarian, I don’t recommend spraying perfume on your dog. Are there some scents that may be ok? Read on as we delve into the world of fragrances and your pet! With their incredible sense of smell, dogs and cats are far more sensitive to fragrances than we might realize. Key Takeaways The Harmful Effects of Fragrances on Dogs While

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Dogs’ Sense of Smell, A Vet Explains (2024)

Last Updated on 2 hours by Dr. Shannon Barrett Have you ever wondered how your dog knows when it’s you walking up to the door, even before you turn the key? Dogs have an incredibly powerful sense of smell, capable of detecting odors we can’t even begin to imagine. Key Takeaways Dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell, far exceeding that of humans. Their sense of smell is their main sense, allowing them to gather

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Sniffspot offers private dog park rentals for traveling pets | Vets sniff it out (2024)

Last Updated on 6 days by Dr. Shannon Barrett Traveling with your dog can be a lot of fun. There’s no guilt about leaving your furry family member behind and the joy of having them beside you for adventures. However, only some places you stay have an ideal backyard for your dog. And finding a local dog park can be difficult. Assuming your canine companion plays well with others. As a veterinarian, I am not

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Dr. Shannon Barrett

Veterinarian with a Passion for Educating Pet Parents

Pets change our lives for the better and we are always trying to do the same for them. This site is a combination of tips and product recommendations to enhance the lives of our pets and the people owned by them.  Thanks for stopping by!

Dr. Shannon Barrett

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