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How dogs drink water

How dogs drink water

     How dogs drink water

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    Why does water seem to go everywhere when dogs drink?

    There is no doubt that when my dog drinks from her bowl, water will end up on the floor. It appears to be a sloppy, disorganized method of getting a decent drink of water.

    Researchers at Virginia Tech University have been studying how dogs drink. Dogs are said to know exactly what they're doing. The animals are genuinely moving at a quick rate and making accurate moves. When they are thirsty, this allows them to acquire the hydration they require.

    Dogs and cats, it turns out, do not have a complete set of cheeks. This implies that, unlike people, elephants, and horses, they are unable to create suction to drink.

    With their tongues curled backward, dogs lap or take up water. To build up momentum, they move their tongues very swiftly as they lap. The water is forced into a column and up into their mouths as a result.

    Researchers from Virginia Tech watched 19 dogs of various sizes and kinds drinking water. They devised a variety of laboratory models to track tongue motion and the amount of water consumed.

    The researchers were able to create a model that depicted how a dog sips water using the data from these tests.

    The researchers reasoned that because dogs' and cats' lips are essentially identical in form, they would consume water similarly.


    But wait, there's more. According to the research, each animal family has its own unique drinking method.

    Sunghwan “Sunny” Jung, a research author and an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech, stated, “We know cats and dogs are pretty different in terms of behavior and character.”

    “However, before we conducted fundamental research into how these species drink fluids, we assumed that dogs and cats drank in a similar manner. Instead, we discovered that dogs and cats drink in very different ways,” he explained.

    What is the distinction?

    To carry the water up and into their mouths, dogs must quickly move their tongues down into the water and use momentum. Cats, unlike dogs, do not bow their tongues to drink. Cats have a gentler motion and require less momentum. To drink the water, they only skim or barely touch the surface.

    “Cats are neater, dogs are messier,” said researcher Sean Gart, a Virginia Tech graduate student. “However, dogs really have to accelerate their tongues” to make effective use of the fluid column's workings.

    They published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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