Four out of ten people admit to tasting their pet's food.
(StudyFinds.org) – NEW YORK When pets are present, be aware that anything can become "food," according to a recent study. Approximately four times every day, the average pet owner discovers their animal eating something they shouldn't.
According to a survey of 2,004 cat and dog owners, 61 percent of them had lost sleep over the possibility of their pet ingesting something they shouldn't. Another 39% have discovered their pet foraging through the garbage. The research, conducted on behalf of ElleVet, found that more than half of respondents (56%) use the words "stop" and "no" to stop their cat's bad behavior, while around a third (35%) may put their pet on "time out."
Unnecessary vocalization or barking (41 percent), climbing on drapes or other furniture (40 percent), and taking food from a human's dish are among the other sins that respondents see (38 percent ).
According to Dr. Joseph Wakshlac, professor of nutrition and sports health at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, your dog or cat's habits aren't usually motivated by malice.
Ingestion of foreign goods can be a taught behavior in dogs in many circumstances, Wakshlag writes in a statement. "This is especially true when another animal in the house is playing with or eating it." "In addition, research has shown that when dogs are in GI distress, they will eat or lick foreign things, thus this behavior should be followed up with queries about appetite, nausea, or regurgitation."
Taste test of pet food
The poll also looked into how far pet owners will go to control what gets into their pets' bodies. Almost three-quarters of people (74%) will study product reviews before giving it to their dogs.
However, 39% of pet owners go so far as to try the product on themselves first, with food (56%) and treats (53%) being the most popular things tasted first! 53 percent of individuals who have acted as guinea pigs for their own pets done so merely out of curiosity. Another 29% admit that the product was enjoyable to them.
When it comes to new goods for their pets, nearly half of the respondents (46%) trust their veterinarian the most, therefore it's no surprise that 48 percent speak with their veterinarian regarding the safety of a new product. Over three-quarters of respondents (77%) say they are well-informed on what they may and cannot give their dogs.
Seventy-one percent say they are more cautious about offering new things to their pets than they are about trying anything new themselves. 77 percent of pet parents regularly watch their pet after giving them something new, regardless of who they consult.
Because dogs and cats have different toxicities than people, Wakshlag says, it's always safer to utilize treatments that are particularly made with species in mind.We know these products have been examined by a third party, so using goods with the National Animal Supplement Council mark of approval is the safest.