Pet Health

A Dog’s Sense of Taste

Dogs did indeed evolve from the wolf but the domesticated dog is a far cry from these wild animals.

Here are the basics around dog taste profiles:

  1. Dogs have about 1200 taste buds on their tongues so do not taste nearly as well as humans (who boast about 9,000 taste buds) but dogs taste way more than cats, who have only 470.
  2. To make up for their lack of taste buds, dogs have 125 million sensory cells for smell, compared to our 5 to 10 million and so their preference of things to ingest comes from aroma.  We gently cook our foods to release the pleasant aromas of our real food ingredients. Heat your pooch’s meal slightly before serving to unlock those aromas again.
  3. Dogs can taste salty, sweet, sour and bitter but the strength of the tastes vary in intensity.
  4. Although omnivorous, they do not seek out salt like their two-legged parents do, mostly because their diets traditionally consisted of a higher level of meat which had enough sodium for their nutritional needs.  We do not add extra sodium to any of our pet meals so we developed a Puppy Booster supplement to add into the fresh food for a growing puppies nutritional needs.
  5. Dogs have an aversion to bitter tastes that was developed out of a primal need to keep them from eating something poisonous as toxins often give off a bitter taste. Nothing bitter is in our pet recipes, only the tastiest (and smelliest!) flavours.