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How to Dispose of Pet Waste (Part One: Dogs)

Pet Waste Disposal is an Important Issue

We love our pets.  They are most certainly part of our families.  They cannot, however, clean up after themselves, no matter how well trained.  That leaves the question of how to dispose of your dog’s waste.
When not properly disposed of, pet waste can get into the water supply or even the food supply.  Feces that are thrown into storm drains or drainage ditches seep back into the water supply.  If buried near your vegetable garden, pet waste can end up in your veggies or fruits.  The waste can contain salmonella or even E. coli.

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When you walk your dog, you should always carry with you a plastic bag to collect his waste.  Pet stores sell small bags that can be clipped to the leash so they are at the ready after your dog “does his business”.  The feces should be double bagged (be sure to remove extra air from the bags).  This way when the double bag reaches the landfill, it will not burst.  Landfills have containment measures so it is ok to throw the double bags in the trash.  It is also ok to flush the feces down the toilet.

One very easy method of disposal is an item that is available on Amazon called a Doggie Dooley.   You bury this device in a part of your yard away from the house and the garden.  All that shows is the lid with a handle.  It is a small version of a septic tank.  Just scoop the poop from the yard and dump it in the Doggie Dooley.  Enzymes will do the rest of the job.

Small dogs, like the one pictured, might be trained to use a toilet.  A product called Citi Kitty also available on Amazon, works by putting a ring over the toilet seat that widens the seat.  It was featured on the second season of Shark Tank and one of the sharks bought into the company.

After dealing with pet waste or even just playing with your dog, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands.

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Editor’s Note:  We originally published this article in January 2014.  We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.