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A very subjective concept

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Taste is a highly subjective concept. It is closely linked to smell, and both senses are used to evaluate the palatability of food.

Taste is never dulled in dogs, which will happily consume the same food day after day as long as it is palatable. In fact, this is the recommended option for feeding dogs.

How taste develops

The perception of taste is the work of the taste buds in the mucosa of the tongue, palate and pharynx. Dogs have about five or six times fewer taste buds than humans. The taste buds contain glossopharyngeal and lingual nerve endings, which transmit nerve signals to the brain. As with smell, these signals are produced by the interaction of chemicals in the food, which are dissolved in the saliva, and the taste receptor cells.

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