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You wouldn’t think there was much use for dog poo but an underground artist has other ideas.
The unusual creations are part of a wider campaign by pet health brand, Itch, who commissioned the paintings. They’ve been produced as part of a campaign to ensure our pets are fit and healthy.
Research conducted by Itch found more than two thirds (64%) of Brits surveyed believe they don’t think they need to keep an eye on pet digestion for signs of poor health.
Animal waste can be an early indicator of illness, so Itch wants to encourage pet owners to ensure they are monitoring their pet’s poo to make sure they haven’t overdone it on turkey and roasties.
To do this, Itch commissioned ‘Barksy’ to recreate a series of iconic animal paintings, created entirely out of animal waste.
The five famous images commissioned are Dorothy and Toto from The Wizard of Oz , Larry the cat, Puss in Boots from Shrek , The ‘meatballs & spaghetti’ scene from Lady and the Tramp, and Dr Evil and Mr Bigglesworth from Austin Powers.
While there was talk of a lockdown-induced baby boom, it appears many families have expanded in recent months with new furry additions instead, so it is more important than ever to spot poor health and act quickly.
A recent ‘Pet Wellness’ study from Itch found 61 percent of pet owners said ‘a pet needing the toilet more or less than usual’ is an indicator their pet is unwell with just under half saying they only take their pet to the vet once a year.
According to Itch’s in-house vet Zoe Costigan, there are several factors pet owners should be keeping their eyes peeled for when checking their pet’s poo, including the colour, consistency and odour. Visible worms are also a key indicator of ill health.
Zoe Costigan, in-house vet at Itch, said: "Our artist (we call him ‘Barksy’) has done an excellent job in creating these pet portraits, but they also serve an important purpose, they’re a visual reminder to all pet parents that we shouldn’t just bag up and chuck our pets’ waste without first checking it.
“It’s one of the less glamourous parts of owning an animal, but it’s very important to cast an eye to notice any potential early indicators of disease.
“Faecal colour, consistency and odour should be fairly similar on a day-to-day basis, as should how often your pets pass a motion and the amount of effort involved. If there are any changes from what is normal for your pet, then be sure to seek advice.
“The list of conditions resulting in changes is very broad and it's important that you are aware of anything visible in the waste which shouldn't be there such as blood, mucus, worms, foreign material such as undigested food or toys for example."
Itch has created a visual guide to what to look out for in your pet’s poo, which is available on its website.
Dogs are also known for eating poo, whether their own or not, but it could also be a sign that something is not right.
To check out the full excre-hibition and find out more about how Itch are helping the nation address pet wellness issues as well as potentially win your own poo-trait visit the Itch website.
The works will be donated to an animal welfare charity, so they can auction them off to raise vital funds.