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Can Dogs Actually ‘See’ With Their Noses?

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A new study has revealed that dogs might actually be able to ‘see’, as well as smell, with their highly-sensitive noses.

A team of vets, including Dr Philippa Johnson from Cornell University in New York, conducted a number of MRI brain scans on a range of different dogs. They discovered that the pathways in a dog’s brain may be linked in an entirely different way to any other species.

The findings of the study appear to suggest that a dog’s smell and vision are connected in a way which implies that they may use scent to work out where things are.

This may be why certain blind dogs can play fetch even though they can’t visually see the ball.

The research, published in the Journal of Neuroscienceis the very first piece of evidence that such a connection between a dog’s nose and their sight exists.

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Pip Johnson, assistant professor of clinical sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, says, “we’ve never seen this connection between the nose and the occipital lobe, functionally the visual cortex in dogs, in any species.”

When humans first enter a room, we use our vision to work out where everything is, from the door, to a table, to where other people are in a room. Dogs, on the other hand, are now believed to be using the part of their brain that deals with smell to interpret their environment and how they are oriented within it.

This may be reassuring and comforting news for owners of dogs with incurable eye diseases, Pip confirms.

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