Did you know that there is not only a day of observance but a whole week, celebrating poop scooping?! Yes, this just further confirms how far gone in love we all are with our pets and what we do for them.
Let’s get the scoop!
International Pooper Scooper Week was proposed by a member of the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) in 2008 and was approved by the committee. Since then it has been recognized annually during the first week of April. It was created not to really celebrate pooping but to educate and raise awareness on the effects of pet waste and the importance of picking up after your pets.
These factors all come down to 4 truths you didn’t know about pet waste:
- Dog poop is NOT fertilizer (it’s high in nitrogen and phosphorus)
- Pet waste is one of the largest sources of water pollution.
- Dog droppings are common carriers of unpleasant substances such as heartworm, whipworm, hookworm, roundworm, parvovirus, giardia, salmonella and E. coli.
- It takes up to 12 months for poop to fully break down.
Poop scooping is not the most pleasurable thing to do but it must be done to ensure the health of our pets, ourselves and others. Make sure to keep it sanitary by wearing disposable gloves and washing your hands after the job is completed.
Got a dog? Arm yourself with your favorite pooper scooper apparatus, sturdy poop bags and get to scoopin’!