Dog Clean-Up Essentials

If left unattended, pet waste can be a nuisance on sidewalks, lawns, parks and other areas. It is important to properly dispose of your pet's deposit because rain and melting snow can wash feces into storm drains, which flow directly into streams and other bodies of water, causing a number of water quality problems. This situation is potentially harmful for people and the environment because pet waste contains high levels of bacteria and parasites. Failure to comply can also lead to some hefty fines enforced by local and state laws. Here are tips to avoid fines and keep your area a cleaner place.

You can start by decreasing the actual fecal volume by providing your dog with a premium kibble that is highly digestible. Fewer and smaller messes are easy to clean and manage, and also reduce the amount of parasites that could be potentially harmful to the environment. Dog droppings are the leading source of E. coli bacteria pollution; each gram of dog feces contains over 20,000,000 E. coli colonies. Follow the instructions below for a proper strategy on pet waste management.

You can easily pick up the feces with a Biodegradable Pick-up Bags. Now that responsibility of the owner has become such a factor in pet waste management, companies have responded with variations on traditional poop scoops, as well as new products to make clean-up easier and hands-free in some cases. You are not done yet though.

Pet waste must never be disposed of in an exposed manner in a trash can. Because of the high amount of harmful bacteria it must be double-bagged (e.g., the small bag containing the waste must be placed inside of a larger bag or trash can liner), to protect trash collectors from germs. Small pet designed waste digesters that work similarly to septic tanks can be installed on sited property. The location of this type of disposal unit is important and must be approved before one can be installed.

If the volume is small you can always flush it. However, this is preferred to be a last resort option because of unnecessary water use, as well as the possibility of debris such as rocks, sticks, or cat litter getting into plumbing and creating a blockage. If disposing of waste from your cat, never flush litter! It must be separated first, which seems like a very unwanted hassle.

Remember that it is your legal responsibility as a pet owner to clean up after your pet.
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  • Updated: 10/9/2018: 8:07:36 PM ET
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