New York – When pets are around, beware, a new study finds that anything can become ‘food’. The average pet owner catches his animal eating something he shouldn’t do four times a day.
A survey of 2,004 cat and dog owners found that 61 percent lost sleep due to the idea that their pets are eating something they shouldn’t. Another 39 percent even caught their pet rummaging through the litter. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of ElleVet, showed that more than half (56%) of the survey use the words “stop” and “no” to reduce unwanted behavior of their pets, while about a third (35%) would put their words pet In “time out”.
Other bad actions respondents see include unnecessary vocalization or barking (41%), climbing on curtains or other furniture (40%), and stealing food from a human plate (38%).
According to Dr. Joseph Wachlag, MD, professor of nutrition and sports medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, these habits don’t usually come from a malicious place on the part of your dog or cat.
“Swallowing foreign objects in many cases can be a learned behavior in dogs, especially when another animal in the home is playing with or eating them,” Wachlag says in a statement. “In addition, research has shown that dogs will swallow or lick foreign objects when they have GI distress, so this behavior should be followed up with questions related to appetite, nausea, or regurgitation.”
Pet Food Taste Test
The survey also revealed the lengths pet owners would go to administer what makes them into the bodies of their furry friends. Nearly three-quarters (74%) will read product reviews before giving it to their pet.
However, 39 percent go so far as to test the product on themselves first, with food (56%) and treats (53%) being the most common things pet owners taste first! Among those who served as their pet guinea pig, 53% did so out of pure curiosity. Another 29 percent even admitted that the product tasted good to them.
Nearly half of the survey (46%) trust their vet more when it comes to their children’s new fur products, so it’s no surprise that 48% consult their vet about the safety of a new product. More than three-quarters (77%) believe they are well educated in what they can and cannot give their pets.
Seventy-one percent also agree that they are more careful about giving their pets new products than they are about trying something new themselves. No matter who they consult with, 77 percent of pet parents monitor their pets closely after giving them something new.
“Because dogs and cats have unique toxicities compared to humans, it is always safe to use products that are specifically designed with species in mind,” Wachlag notes. “It’s safer to use products that carry the National Animal Supplement Council’s Seal of Approval, as we know these products have been inspected by a third party.”