The Do's and Don'ts of Doggie Doo Doo

by: EJ on 05/21/2015

Eighty-three million dogs and ninety-six million cats call the US home. Pets don’t use toilets.  What could possibly go wrong?

Rose Seeman, the self-proclaimed Dono Quixote of Doo, has considered this question in depth.  Speaking of depth, eighty-three millions dogs produce 11 million tons of waste per year.  This is enough to cover 10 football fields 10 feet deep in doggie doo doo each year.  Gross?  Rose agrees. 


That is why she has written a new book, The Pet Poo Pocket Guide: How to Safely Compost & Recycle Pet Waste to help pet owners deal with pet waste.  Here is what Rose has to say about her new book.

Why do carbon footprint calculators never, ever ask about pets? Surely a family’s mastiff has a bigger environment impact than their entertainment budget or vehicle choice. Are our best friends really carbon neutral? 

Far from it. Feeding and maintaining cats and dogs in economically advanced countries has ecological consequences. But that’s another story.  Ms. Seemann focuses on the very measurable carbon paw prints left behind in the form of poo.  

The average dog produces 275 pounds of waste per year; the average cat, 120 pounds. Eighty-three million dogs and 96 million cats in U.S. households contribute upwards of 10 million tons of waste annually to sealed landfills. That’s enough waste to fill nearly 10 football fields 10 feet deep – every year! Most trashed poo is wrapped in plastic and the whole lot degrades so slowly that it will remain intact for generations. Plus, organics in landfills account for 18% of methane emissions.

The Pet Poo Pocket Guide is a must-read for pet owners who want to take their dogs and cats closer to zero waste by diverting their poo from the trash and sending it back to nature.  The book explains the science behind recycling in an accessible, engaging way and offers instructions on a wide variety of inexpensive best practices, including flushing, septic bins and feeding worms.   Readers learn which approaches to choose based on available space, materials and required effort.

Safety as well as environmental consequences are key considerations, and the book also discusses potential hazards of raw pet waste and explains the best way to use processed waste to improve soils that nourish healthy flowers, shrubs and trees.  Informed sources dispel the myth of biodegradable pick-up bags and the advisability of potty training cats. If you clean up after your pet, that’s commendable.  If you’re ready to take pet stewardship to the next level of sustainability, The Pet Poo Pocket Guide is an indispensable resource.



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