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The Green Life: Green Pet Care -- The Poop Problem

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October 20, 2008

Green Pet Care -- The Poop Problem

The_typical_dog_produces_274_pounds_of_waste_each_yearHow green are your furry friends? This week we'll provide tips for pet owners.

Tip #1: Scoop That Poop

Americans own approximately 74.8 million dogs and an estimated 40 percent of pet owners don't clean up their dogs' doo. Those piles don't just "disappear" -- rain washes unscooped poop into storm sewers which drain into local rivers and bays, contaminating the water with such nasties as E. coli, fecal coliform bacteria, salmonella, and giardia. Bottom line -- use biodegradable bags, and pick it up, every time.

Share your tips: Do you think about the eco impact of your pets? How have you shrunk their environmental pawprints?


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