Human guinea pig: 4 in 10 people admit to taste-testing their pet’s food


NEW YORK — When pets are around, beware, a recent study finds anything can turn out to be “food.” The typical pet owner catches their animal eating something they shouldn’t about 4 times per day.

A poll of two,004 cat and dog owners finds that 61 percent have lost sleep over the considered their pet eating something they shouldn’t. One other 39 percent have even caught their pet rummaging through the trash. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of ElleVet, the survey shows that greater than half the poll (56%) use the words “stop” and “no” to curb their pet’s unwanted behavior, while about one-third (35%) will put their pet on “trip.”

Other misdeeds that respondents see include unnecessary vocalization or barking (41%), climbing on curtains or other furniture (40%), and stealing food off a human’s plate (38%).

In line with Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, professor of nutrition and sports medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, these habits don’t typically come from a malicious place on the a part of your pooch or kitty.

“Ingestion of foreign items in lots of cases is usually a learned behavior in dogs, particularly when one other animal in the home is fiddling with it or eating it,” Wakshlag says in an announcement. “As well as, research has shown that dogs will ingest or lick foreign objects once they have GI distress, so this behavior must be followed up with questions regarding appetite, nausea or regurgitation.”

Pet food taste test

The poll also explored the lengths pet owners will go to administer what makes it into their furry friends’ bodies. Almost three-quarters (74%) will read the reviews of a product before giving it to their pets.

Nevertheless, 39 percent go thus far as to check the product on themselves first, with food (56%) and treats (53%) being essentially the most common things pet owners will taste first! Of those that’ve served as their very own pet’s guinea pig, 53 percent did so purely out of curiosity. One other 29 percent even admit that the product tasted good to them.

Nearly half the poll (46%) trust their veterinarian essentially the most in the case of recent products for his or her fur babies, so it’s no surprise that 48 percent seek the advice of with their vet concerning the safety of a recent product. Greater than three-quarters (77%) consider they’re well educated in what they will and can’t give to their pets.

Seventy-one percent also agree that they’re more careful about giving their pets recent products than they try something recent themselves. No matter who they seek the advice of, 77 percent of pet parents closely monitor their pet after giving them something recent.

“Since dogs and cats have unique toxicities in comparison with humans, it’s at all times safest to make use of products which are specifically designed with species in mind,” Wakshlag notes. “Using products with the National Animal Complement Council seal of approval is safest, as we all know these products have been vetted by a 3rd party.”