Dogs have an amazing sense of smell which makes them indispensable partners in saving lives.
Could diet affect their olfactory abilities?
According to the new study, conducted at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, indeed, it can. Diets higher in fat and lower in protein improve dogs' ability to smell.
Apparently it has to do with body temperature.
Lower protein, higher fat diet allows to lower body temperature after exercise faster, reducing panting and improving dogs' detection abilities.
This study also shows that dog's detection accuracy can be much higher than previously thought.
More Fat, Less Protein Improves Canine Olfactory Abilities