Whether you have a puppy, adult dog or multiple dogs in your home, it’s part of your daily responsibility to walk and clean up after your dog. Naturally, every dog poops and it can be messy. But, what happens if you choose to not clean up after your furry friend? You may be surprised to know what illnesses are connected to waste. We sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about how to properly dispose of dog poop and the importance of scooping your pet’s waste.
What are the best ways to dispose
of dog poop?
Steps to properly dispose of dog poop
It may seem like common knowledge on which steps to take to properly dispose of dog poop. But what if you’re a new puppy owner, or you walk multiple dogs? A simple step could be missed if you’re distracted.
Wilde recommends five tips when you scoop the poop:
There are different ways to dispose of waste. Small plastic bags are the most simple and sanitary.
2. Always be careful not to touch the fecal matter.
3. Tie the bag.
4. Dispose of the bag in an appropriate waste receptacle.
5. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
Consider your options on what works best for your pet. If you’re walking with multiple leashes, you may opt for another option like a pooper scooper. This device is handheld, so you don’t have to carry multiple bags. Naturally, the cleanliness and safety of you and your pets is what’s important.
Why you should take the time to
properly dispose of waste
Your pet’s waste is a natural part of their bodily functions. But when you don’t practice a safe disposal process it could make others sick. Chances are, if you walk in a public space like a park, you may step in something stinky yourself. Wilde breaks down the importance of proper waste disposal.
“Dog poop can spread diseases to both people and other dogs. Also, it can contaminate water sources for swimming and drinking. In addition, it can remain infective in some cases, even after the fecal matter has decomposed. Dog poop can attract pests, such as rats, mice, possums, which can also spread the disease to people and pets.”
Proper pet waste disposal helps your pet and others stay safe. Consider this as your walking your dog, and be mindful of your pet’s behavior. Naturally, the last thing you want is a trip to the veterinarian because your best friend ate something it shouldn’t.
Dog waste can lead to illness
An illness may stem from a variety of places, including your pet’s poop. If poop is left in your yard or if your pet contacts it from another pet, it may cause sickness. Wilde breaks down several illnesses that may be connected to dog waste.
feel something is off with your pet, please seek the care of your veterinarian.
They can run diagnostics and prescribe a treatment plan. In regards to your own
care, “if you’re concerned regarding disease transmission, you should consult
with your physician,” says Wilde.
Eco-friendly ways to dispose of
looking for a way to be eco-friendly with pet waste, make sure you do your
research. For this reason, Wilde points out several factors to consider below.
Dog poop should not be flushed, as water treatment facilities don’t remove all potential dog fecal pathogens.
Composting is not suitable for dog waste. It’s ineffective in destroying pathogens.
Some companies make biodegradable dog poop bags. Do your research to determine the best option for you.
Consider keeping extra bags with you on a walk, you never know when you might need them. Also, it gives you the opportunity to clean up waste if you see it. And prevents another pet owner and pet from an unexpected situation.
When in doubt, scoop the poop!
is part of your pet’s day. But by practicing proper disposal, and safety
guidelines, like washing hands, you’re doing your best to prevent any spread of
illnesses from dog waste.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.