Features March 2016 Issue

Collecting Dog Poop for Science

You have to pick up the poop anyway . . . why not do it in the name of science? We would bet that most dedicated owners would happily participate in a digestibility study, especially if it meant they would get access to solid information about the true nutritional value of the food.

Collecting Dog Poop for Science

Pet-food makers claim that digestibility studies are too expensive to conduct. We think most dog owners would be happy to help.

I was at the gym recently, swimming laps. After my workout, I was sitting by the side of the pool and a fellow swimmer and friend stopped to chat about dogs. He has never owned a dog, but his daughter has been pressuring him and he thinks she is finally old enough to take on the responsibility of caring for a dog (good dad!). So, I was anticipating a discussion about breeds, where to look, training, feeding, etc. But that is not where this was going at all. Instead, he wanted to talk about poop.

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