It is International Pooper Scooper Week. I appreciate my friends at Golden Daily Scoop for the reminder. A person not picking up after their dogs is one of my biggest “pet” peeves. You wouldn’t let your child take a dump outdoors and walk away so why would you let your dog? Both are gross!
Fiction: Dog poop is good for the grass. It is the same as fertilizer.
Truth: The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms pet waste can spread parasitic worms, parvovirus, and salmonella. Pet waste is classified as a dangerous pollutant.
Fiction: The rain will wash it away and it’ll be fine.
Truth: Rainfall washes dog waste into the water system where it gets in the drinking water, and swimming water.
Fiction: My dog doesn’t poop that much.
Truth: The average dog poops about ¾ of a pound daily. That is approximately 274 pounds each year!
Fiction: Nobody else picks up after their dog.
Truth: The sad truth is only 40% of dog owners pick up their dog’s poop. With an estimated 70-80 million dogs in the U.S., this is a lot of poop left on the ground.
Fiction: Poop bags are expensive.
Truth: Most poop bags are very affordable. We use Sooty Paw Paw bags and you can get a lot for your money. You can always use grocery bags to collect your pet’s waste. The safest way to dispose of it is to scoop it and flush it down the toilet. That way, you don’t need a bag at all!
Remember: Dog poop is not a cute smiley face emoji. It is all pet parents’ responsibility to clean up after your dogs and cats.
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