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5 Rules For Scooping Dog Poop!

Scoop Your Dog’s Poop!

With a very long history of owning dogs, often several at a time, I have cleaned up a lot of dog poop in my life! It is simply what you, as a responsible dog owner, do. So, it is frustrating to me how so many dog owners just can’t seem to be responsible enough to do the same. Do we need to institute dog poop police?  Or, perhaps task the NSA with spying on non-poop-scooping-compliant dog owners? Do we need Big Brother watching us? That’s a bit scary, so I hope it doesn’t come to that. Cleaning up after your pet is part of being a responsible dog owner. Can’t we figure out a way to promote that message without creeping everyone out?

The Five Rules of Scooping Poop!

Always pick it up

This seems obvious enough, and yet we all know dog owners who choose not to exercise this common courtesy.

One important reason to pick it up is simple cleanliness. Then there is also the fact that parasites like giardia, roundworm, hookworm, and all those other intestinal worms can accumulate in areas where dog feces are not picked up. Pet waste also has a nasty effect on groundwater.

But mostly, I say pick it up because dog crap is disgusting. I don’t want to walk down a sidewalk or trail and smell an offending odor, only to realize I’ve stepped in your dog’s poop and will now have a reminder of your lousy dog poop etiquette for the rest of my walk.

Responsibly dispose of poop

poopHonestly, most of us will be very happy if you simply pick it up. Where it goes after that is of little concern to many people. One way to dispose of your dog’s doodoo might be to simply flush it down the toilet. But I’m afraid with the amount of poop some dogs produce, you might need  to have a plumber on speed dial. However, if it is properly bagged and sealed, trash cans work fine. Also, there are poop disposal stations in may parks today.

Deal with diarrhea by preventing it

The best way to deal with loose doggy stool is to prevent it to begin with by keeping your pet on a healthy diet.  However if it is already too late for that, you can certainly sprinkle a little dirt, sand or mulch on it before scooping it up.

Pick up and dispose of poop even in the great outdoors

When you’re out communing with nature, that old adage “if you pack it in, pack it out” still applies … even to pet waste.  And, please don’t just hang the full poop bag on a tree branch like some people do. That’s just plain crude and disgusting.

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Don’t Let Your Dog Catch the Dog Flu

Watch Out for the New Dog Flu

A German Shepherd with the dog flu is a sad puppy indeed!

Dog flu makes for a sad dog

Dog owners, please be aware A new strain of dog flu is circulating in the southeast.  This new canine influenza strain is H3N2.  This flu strain recently showed up at a dog show in Florida.  The states of Georgia, Missouri South Carolina and North Carolina also reported cases.  This virus is spreads through direct contact, airborne exposure, as well as contact with contaminated surfaces.

Symptoms of canine influenza include cough, fever and lethargy.  Dogs usually show signs of illness between  2 and 7 days of exposure. They may be able to transmit the virus prior to the onset of symptoms.  Most dogs exposed to the virus will become ill. Some dogs, especially puppies, old dogs or dogs in poor health, could develop severe illness.  If you think that your dog may have canine influenza, please contact your veterinarian immediately.  Infected dogs should receive supportive care and be isolated from other animals for 3 to 4 weeks to prevent further spread of the virus.

Help prevent the spread …

The best way to prevent severe illness and help stop this virus from spreading is vaccination.
Two vaccines given 3 weeks apart are necessary to provide protection from this virus.  Though the vaccine may not prevent the illness completely, it will decrease the severity of symptoms and decrease the amount of time that your dog is contagious to other pets.

The vaccine is recommended for dogs that frequently have contact with other dogs.  This includes dogs who attend dog shows, canine performance events, dog parks, doggy daycare and boarding facilities.

Due to lack of sanitation and potential for exposure to sick dogs, we recommend avoiding dog parks for the next few months.  In addition, if your dog regularly attends doggy daycare at multiple facilities we ask that you pick one facility at this time to minimize the potential spread of this virus.

If you have any questions about canine influenza or want to schedule your dog for the vaccination, please contact your vet.