All pets poop, but it is up to their owners to dispose of the waste. Throwing away pet waste is unpleasant, but doing it in the wrong way can become dangerous. Today’s pet owners have many options when it comes to cleaning up after their pooch or cat.
Taking Care of Your Pet’s Business
There are right and wrong ways to dispose of your pets’ poo and leaving it on the sidewalk is not cool. Not only is it foul, unsightly, and smelly, refusing to pick up after your dog is just plain rude. In most areas of the country, it is also illegal. You can expect to have to pay a hefty fine if someone catches you ignoring it. Don’t risk the scorn of your neighbors, the cost of a fine or the health of yourself and others.
Use these tips to do the right thing and get rid of pet poop the correct way. When you are disposing of your pet’s waste, remember:
- Flushing dog poop down the toilet is the most sanitary way of disposing of dog waste, just don’t flush the bag you used to pick it up. Keep in mind that there are dissolvable bags on the market that can be flushed, but you’ll still need to verify with your water treatment plant if the system can handle this deposit. On the flip side, do not clean your cat’s litter box and then flush the droppings down the toilet. Unlike dog poop, cat scat may contain Toxoplasma gondii, which can make humans ill. Some water treatment plants do not remove this parasite from drinking water.
- Homeowners with large lawns often choose to scoop up the doo-doo and deposit in an out-of-the-way corner of their yards, but this can lead to unsanitary conditions. Animal waste can contain a wide variety of nasty parasites and germs. Leaving them to decompose naturally, while sounding like an environmentally friendly option is, in fact, not. People who want to process their pets’ poop on-site should look into one of the commercially available “doggy septic systems.”
- Most people wind up disposing of pet poo in an everyday trash bin. While this is an acceptable way of getting rid of the waste, you should consider avoiding the use of ordinary plastic bags to collect the “deposit.” Instead, you can use paper bags and newspapers, which are greener options. Pet owners who are afraid of leaks should think about investing in specially made dog waste bags or a pooper-scooper.
Debris Box understands how messy life can get and is always there to help San Diego metro-area residents and businesses keep it clean. We specialize in waste hauling and removal surfaces as well as providing dumpsters for residential construction and commercial applications. Learn more how Debris Box can help you with all your waste management needs by calling 619-284-9245.