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Have you ever wondered what to do with pet waste?

Have you ever wondered about the proper way to dispose of pet waste…or what happens to it’s discarded?

Well… here are a few things to consider before you toss the waste.

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.

Proper Pet Waste Disposal For Dogs

When you walk your dog, you should always carry with you a plastic bag to collect his waste.  Most of us have those plastic grocery store bags but if not, 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 bags in the trash.

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.

Cleaning TipProper pet waste disposal-custom maidTIP… Small dogs like the one pictured here, can be trained to use the toilet.

And if you can teach him how to flush….well, that’s winning!

Proper Pet waste disposal for cats

Cats in some ways are easier to clean up after than dogs.  They are trained to the litter box.  This means that a cat owner needs to clean about two square feet of real estate rather than a whole outdoor yard or even neighborhood.

It seems that each type of litter has its own pluses and minuses.  Clumping litter is the most popular.  It is easiest to scoop.  The drawback is that it is most often clay-based.  Clay can clog septic systems and toilets so it is important that when you scoop, the litter should be bagged and disposed of in the trash.

proper way to dispose of cat waste

One of the downsides to clay litter is that it tends to stick to cats’ paws so it can get tracked outside the litter box.

Cats like their privacy so the litter boxes that come with domed lids are a good choice.  They also contain the fly away bits of litter caused by digging.  Be sure to fill only about 2 inches of litter in the pan.  Any more seems to be unpleasant to cats.  Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda underneath the litter to control odor.

There is a unique solution to the cat clean up process and that is toilet training your cat.  There is s product called CitiKitty  which can be purchased on Amazon.  It slowly trains your cat to use the toilet so all you have to do is flush when you get home.  No litter, no odor, very little clean up.

Cleaning TipTIP… Always remember, after dealing with pet waste or even just playing with your dog or cat, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands!

8/13/18 Updated for accuracy and freshness of content