Interesting Facts About Your Dog’s Organs

Your dog’s health is the key to a long and happy life, so it’s important to truly understand how your pet’s body works. Every organ in your dog’s body works to keep them healthy and happy. Here are a few facts about our canine buddies that are pretty cool and interesting:

1. Ears

Your dogs can hear four times the distance of humans. Since dogs have such sensitive ears, they can always hear something!

2. Eyes

Dogs are unable to see red and green because they lack the cones that perceive those colors. They don’t see the same world we do. For them, things might look a little grainier and a lot less vibrant. That means, dogs aren’t really colorblind contrary to what many believe.

3. Brain

The part of the brain that controls smell is 40 times larger in canines than it is in humans. While a dog’s intelligence compares in human terms to that of a 2-year-old child, dogs have skills no human of any age could ever hope to possess.

4. Mouth

Your dog’s mouth contains over 600 types of bacteria.

5. Teeth

Over 80% of dogs over the age of three have active dental disease.

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And small breed dogs are more likely to have dental issues. Why? Because their teeth are often a little too large for the size of their mouths.

6. Heart

The smaller the dog, the faster the heartbeat, but even large dogs’ hearts beat faster than human hearts.

A typical dog heart beats at 60-140, and humans at 60-100 (except for when you’re really excited about your pet’s fresh food delivery!).

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7. Liver

Your dog’s liver can regenerate itself if part of it is injured or removed. However, liver problems are a pretty common issue for dogs, so it is wise as a dog owner to understand how to keep your dog’s liver healthy.

8. Stomach

Digestive problems affect around 60% of individuals of all breeds, ages, and weights. A healthy digestive system is essential to your dog’s well-being.

9. Kidney

Antifreeze is one of the most common toxins that causes kidney failure in dogs.

10. Skin & Coat

Your dog’s skin absorbs over a quarter of all the protein they eat.

In general, a dog’s hair will start to thicken up in autumn in preparation for the cold winter weather. So it has a nice warm thick coat for winter.

11. Muscles

Using their incredibly strong muscles, the greyhound can run up to 45 miles per hour

12. Bone

Dogs have 320 bones in their body while humans only have 206. 

13. Joint

One in five adult dogs suffers from arthritis while two in three geriatric dogs suffer from the disease.

To help your pup avoid joint pain, make sure to keep them at a healthy weight by feeding a weight management diet if needed and use an orthopedic dog bed as your pup ages.

14. Paws

Your dog’s paw and nose are the only parts of their body that contains sweat glands. To prevent your dog from breaking a toenail or getting ingrown toenails, make sure to trim your pup’s nails about every six weeks.

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15 Facts about Dog Organs