Oh, you are a witty bunch! I’ve exhibited a bit of dog-like behavior myself, howling with laughter at the comments you left. Munching on chocolate-covered cashews at the time, I probably gave a pretty good imitation of that “sh*t eating grin” Texas Trailer Park Trash described.
KG Mom reads some fascinating books, so she could offer this insight:
Now here’s a totally scientific unemotional response–dogs do not digest all the food they eat, so there still are nutrients in the waste product.
I know this from having read a book some years ago about the race to the South Pole. Eh? you might be saying.
Amundsen (the Norwegian who “won”) knew this fact. He built their permanent housing in such a way that waste products ran down into a lower area and he counted on the dogs being able to recycle waste. It cut down on having to procure food in a barren place where supplies have to be hauled in.
So, GO Miss Piggy. Your mom may be upset with you, but Amundsen would have taken you to the South Pole.
(Gotta love Murr’s retort that she’d have taken him to the South Pole and left him there!)
Why do dogs eat poop? offers over 200,000 entries on Google. Although I still have a few left to read ( insert another sh*t eating grin here), many mention poop being a digestive aid as a reason.
Adding pineapple to the dog’s food seems the most popular cure for the behavior. Is it because it makes the poop unpalatable or because pineapple contains a digestive enzyme–bromelain–possibly eliminating 🙂 the pupster’s need to eat poop? Garlic, canned pumpkin, or meat tenderizer are other additive suggestions. While these may keep your dog from eating his own poop, every other dog’s is fair game, not to mention fairly gamey.
Odd, isn’t it, that rabbit turds are a doggy delicacy, since rabbits are herbivores. Would Mary’s Boston Terriers eat lettuce and clover? Probably not going in, but coming out… ? Yum! Cat food contains more fat and protein, so that litter box is simply a Dr. Atkins diet, Patti and Pam.
Momma dogs commonly eat their babies’ poop. Miss Piggy’s penchant may harken back to her former life as a puppy mill breeding dog.
There may not be an app for all that, there is a name for it: COPROPHAGIA.
Now… on to humans! I mentioned the 200,000+ entries about dogs eating poop, but there are over two million links about poop infusions for humans. Who knew???
A life-threatening infection frequently plaguing hospitals–Clostridium Difficile–is a diarrhea or colitis so severe that it can result in death. It affects over a quarter million Americans a year. Forget the Immodium, this strain even resists antibiotics and standard treatments by physicians.
Enter the poop transplant.
Yes, doctors collect poop from a healthy donor, blend it with a little brine and give it to the patient for a speedy cure. One method of introduction is by enema, although there are other methods, too… like the woman who received her husband’s poo cocktail through a tube in her nose. Truly a woman for whom the words “…if you get my drift…!” are best left unsaid.
An article in The Scientist pointed out:
At the heart of these transplants are the trillions of microbes that inhabit the gut and have a profound impact on the host’s biology — for better or worse. As Australian gastroenterologist, Thomas Borody, jokingly puts it, “we are 10 percent human, 90 percent poo.”
I knew that some folks were full of it, but it sounds like all of us are. Research is ongoing about other ways this treatment might be used–for instance, an infusion of skinny person poo into an obese person. Eat sh*t or diet.
Folks, this is some serious sh*t!!!
The human treatments developed as a result of earlier veterinary procedures. Dogs simply eliminate the middle man.
The Kitchen Witch asked if Dearly Beloved had witnessed Miss Piggy’s latest infraction, knowing how he used to open the back door and yell loudly, “Quit eating sh*t!!!!” Yes, he did witness her latest poo picnic and surprised me by yelling, instead, “Go ahead! Clean up the whole yard!”
That seems to be the standard recommendation to prevent coprophagia: Clean it up. We fell behind in our efforts during the bad weather and the period our back yard was turned into a dog park. It’s still a smorgasbord out there.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
And Happy Valentine’s Day to you, DB. Love your guts out!