Everyone who is reading this blog probably has a pet, and if you have a dog, being a responsible pet owner means cleaning up poo.. It is a part of life! To celebrate that and pet parents daily doodies, here is a list of fact vs fiction when it comes to pet waste and the disposal.
April 24th-30th is National Scoop the Poop Week and we are here to educate you about how you can help contribute to a cleaner & healthier environment:)
FICTION– Leaving dog poop behind is good for the soil. Reality: In order for feces from a carnivorous animal to be used as an effective fertilizer, it has to be fully composted with other materials such as egg shells and grass clippings and allowed to break down over time.
FACT– America’s 78.2 million dogs collectively deposit 10 million tons of waste per year, according to waste clean-up service, Doody Calls
FACT– Flushing dog poop down the toilet (without a bag), only the waste, is perhaps the best disposal method, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Resources Defense Council. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into storm drains, and eventually into local water-bodies. Cat feces should never be flushed, as it may contain Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that can infect people and animals and municipal water treatment systems do not always kill this parasite!
FACT– Dog waste cannot harm your health. Reality: Dog feces can carry a host of disease and worms — including heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, parvovirus, giardia, salmonella, and even E. coli. This is why it’s imperative to clean it up after Fido does his duty!
FACT– If not flushing (again only bagless dog poop, never cat waste), it’s best to use a biodegradable bag and place in the garbage. Reality: This can clog home plumbing systems and stress city sewer systems.
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