It’s the dirty little secret that all dog owners know, but wish they didn’t.
Some dogs just love to chow down on their own poop. And no matter what we do to stop them, it can seem like there’s no way to curb this gross behavior.
While dog owners around the world have witnessed the behavior, vets and animal experts are still trying to figure out why our pets do it in the first place. A new survey may provide some answers, as well as sound advice on how to break your pet’s poop addiction.
The scoop on this bad behavior comes from the journal Veterinary Medicine and Science. Researchers compared two surveys: one of 3,000 dog owners, and a smaller group who say their dogs regularly eat poop.
The results aren’t for the faint of heart, but they are illuminating:
60% of owners in the second survey say their dogs eat poop every day
The other 32% say they do it at least once a week
A dog’s age, sex, and training don’t seem to make a difference when it comes to this behavior
While the habit isn’t very dangerous, vets warn it has been known to cause diarrhea and other diseases.
Thankfully, the survey identifies the best way to prevent your dog from eating poop once and for all.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but taste is pretty much universal.
While we probably eat more chips, soda, cookies and candy than the rest of the world, there’s no denying those foods are delicious. You can’t say the same about these 13 “local delicacies.”
1. China – Drunken Shrimp
You’ve probably tried something called “drunken shrimp” at your local Chinese restaurant, but this dish is not the same. Rather than being marinated in liquor and cooked, the traditional recipe involves “stunning” shrimp in ethanol before eating them live.
I love shrimp, but it’s probably hard to eat as many when they’re staring back at you.
2. Laos and Indonesia – Stink bugs
We hate to break the news to you, but eating bugs could be the next big trend for America’s culinary scene. Bugs are a popular snack around the world because they’re high in protein and easy to farm.
In case you’re thinking “stink bugs” don’t sound very appetizing, you’re right. Even proud bug-eaters admit they’re like chewing on bitter sunflower seeds.
3. Scotland – Haggis
We’re sure lots of countries “invented” boiling a sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs in the animal’s own stomach, but only the Scots are proud enough to take the credit. It’s nothing impressive to look at, but the “nutty” texture is supposedly nice with a side of mashed potatoes.
For the less daring, there’s also a vegetarian version which swaps nuts and beans for the sheep bits.
4. Thailand – Durian
Durians are available throughout Asia, but don’t expect to pick them up at the grocery store and bring them back to your hotel. These huge stinky fruits have been banned by most taxi companies, since the smell can linger for days.
If you can get pas the stink – which has been compared to rotting onions and raw sewage – the “custardy” fruit is said to taste pretty good.
5. Mongolia – Kumis
Like children around the world, the kids of Mongolia drink cow’s milk to grow up big and strong. But their parents will reach for kumis – or horse milk – to get a little buzz. Since mare milk is so sugary, it becomes slightly alcoholic after it’s fermented. While leaving the milk to curdle doesn’t sound appetizing, it’s a necessary step because raw horse milk is a powerful laxative.
6. Japan – Shirako
While it looks like brain tissue, shirako is actually much more disgusting (which is impressive). Called “white children,” the sushi dish is made from the sperm sacs of fish like cod, and served cold. Tourists brave enough to try it say the dish is sweet, and tastes like custard.
Besides sleeping, how long do you think you could go without eating? Okay, well how long do you think you would want to go without eating?
For most people, we could probably go half a day without a meal before it got too uncomfortable, and we wouldn’t want to do it anytime soon again either.
But there’s a disturbing new trend where young people are purposely depriving themselves of food in order to gain some sort of benefits for their mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Many high-profile business and technology executives have been recommending fasting to their employees as a form of productivity boosting.
They claim that by deciding not to eat for long periods throughout the day, you will not only gain more willpower but become healthier because, they believe, fasting prevents illnesses from getting worse.
There is even an app that has been developed called Zero, that keeps track of your non-eating habits.
But doctors and nutritionists are not having any of it.