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Dear Daisy Dog

Our Labrador retriever wolfs down his food so fast that I doubt he tastes it. Someone told me that a dog’s taste buds are in his stomach. Is that why our dog eats so fast?

Daisy Responds

No. We dogs have taste buds in our mouths, just like you. Our taste buds detect salt, sweet, bitter and sour flavors.

At least as important to our overall sense of taste is our powerful ability to smell. While we dogs have fewer tongue taste buds than you humans, we have many more olfactory receptors in the nose.

I’m sorry to say that your Labrador retriever, like my wolfhound brother and the golden retrievers who shared my home before him, is simply a glutton.


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