National Scoop the Poop Week: A Guide to Proper Pet Waste Disposal

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National Scoop the Poop Week is coming, and we want to make sure that everyone knows how to dispose of pet waste properly! Animal waste can contain harmful bacteria and parasites, so it's essential to take precautions when handling it. This blog post will discuss the best ways to scoop the poop and keep your family and pets safe!

This week is National Scoop the Poop Week. Picking up after your dog's poo-poo falls somewhere between zero and negative infinity on a scale of one to ten regarding how many fun things are to do with your pet. But as a responsible pet owner, you must clean up after your pet.

Health Hazards of Pet Waste

Did you know that dog feces can carry diseases and worms? Some diseases and worms are heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, parvovirus, giardia, salmonella, and even E Coli.

Why Scoop the Poop

  1. Dog poop is not fertilizer. Some people believe it is a natural fertilizer since it resembles human excrement; however, this is simply incorrect. Because of the difference in food, cow dung (a superb fertilizer) is rather different from dog feces (not at all a fertilizer).
  2. It can cause illnesses. According to the EPA, dog feces contain more harmful germs than human waste. E. coli and fecal coliforms are present in canine excreta, which can cause illness. A gram of dog feces can contain 23 million coliform bacteria!
  3. It pollutes rivers, streams, and lakes. Rainwater washes pet waste and germs into nearby streams and creeks and can kill fish and animals and decrease our water quality.
  4. It’s the neighborly thing to do. Be kind to your neighbors! Please don’t leave any of your dog's landmines in their yards for them to step in!

Be Prepared When Walking Your Dog

Be prepared

When ya gotta go, you gotta go! When you're out walking your dog, does your dog do the poo-poo dance before actually going? Many dogs will repeatedly circle before finally deciding to do their business. This is your dog’s way of ensuring it’s a safe place to go. You'll need to be prepared when this happens.

Being prepared is critical, so always carry disposable bags while walking your dog. It doesn't matter if they just went or not.

How to Scoop the Poop
  • Put the bag on your hand.
  • Grab the poop quickly. Pull through the bag and tie it up, and voila! The poop is safely in the bag!
  • Wash your hands when you get home, just like you do when you go to the bathroom, to help stop the spread of bacteria and illnesses.

National Scoop the Poop Week may seem silly, but it’s an important one. Picking up dog poop isn't the most pleasurable component of having a dog, but it is an essential aspect of ownership. The good news is that if you don't want to do it yourself, there are options! Hire some neighborhood kids or have your local pet waste removal service handle the unpleasant job. Follow us for more helpful tips on how to take care of your furry friends – and remember always to scoop the poop!