Reduce Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint! January 30, 2014 Email Remember to Scoop that Poop! The truth is, owning a medium size dog can potentially be just as bad as owning a gas guzzling car. Unscooped poop gets carried by overland water contaminating our waterways. The U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms, and Salmonella. When infected dog poop comes into contact with your lawn, the poop will eventually “disappear”, but the parasite eggs can linger for years! Cats aren’t off the hook either! Two million tons of cat litter gets sent to landfills each year, and most of it is not biodegradable. It’s important to consider your pet’s carbon pawprint! Here are a couple of tips on lowering your pet’s environmental impact: Using biodegradable doggie bags to scoop your pet’s poop. Green your kitty by using biodegradable litter made from sawmill scrap, waste from wheat or corn, or even recycled tires. Buy recycled or natural toys, accessories and pet care products (or, better yet — make your own). Modify your cat’s diet and toys to discourage outdoor predation of wildlife. Do you know of other ways to reduce your pet’s pawprint? Feel free to share them in the comments section! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.