Index

Introduction
Homeostasis
Life Span
Systems
Regulatory Functions
Nervous System
Eyes
Ears
Nose
Tongue
Brain
Endocrine System
Hypothalmus
Pituitary
Thyroid
Adrenal
Nutritional Functions
Excretary Functions
Urinary System
Kidney
Bladder
Colon
Distributive Functions
Cardiovascular System
Blood
Respiratory System
Protective Functions
Reproductive Functions
Musculo-Skeletal System
Cancer
Arthritis
Obesity
Diabetes
Cushing's Disease
Heart Disease
Teeth
Skin and Coat
Conclusion
References


Systems - Tongue

The dog's sense of smell is so great, that it is difficult to determine a great deal about the dog's ability to taste. Because dogs do not chew their food, to any great extent, it is likely that smell is as important, if not more so, than taste in the perception of palatability.

As in the human aging process, taste buds on the tongue are lost over time resulting in many previously palatable foods becoming bland and unattractive. Again, it is difficult to quantify the relative contributions of the nose and the tongue to the perceived palatability or attractiveness of foods.

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