Towards responsible pet parenting!

untitled-1“When the Man woke up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’”— Rudyard Kipling (author of The Jungle Book).

 

Pooches are a part of our family and pet parents are always ready to go an extra mile for their health and happiness. They make our family complete – bringing in unconditional love and crazy moments of happiness.

 

Our pets need their daily dose of walk and exercise, for which pet parents are always willing to do. But they are not ready to clean up after their pets, which can pose serious health problems to humans. According to Environmental Protection Agency, dog poop is as toxic as chemical and oil spill. It is estimated that an average dog produces 152 pounds of solid waste every year and it is one of the biggest contributors to water contamination.

 

Dog poop is home to parasites like hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and salmonella. Around one gram of dog faeces contains over 20 million E. coli bacteria. Children who touch dog poop are at risk of facing several health problems. Roundworms can cause problems like upset stomach, sore throat, asthma and even blindness. So, it is the duty of the pet parents to clean up after their dogs do their business.

 

But it also poses several questions. There are no designated spots or bins, where dog poop can be thrown. Since plastic is not biodegradable, pet parents need poop bags which are environment-friendly. These faeces can be used in natural composting pits, thereby solving the problem of dog poop. If every pet parent becomes aware, we can reduce this menace drastically.

 

The winter season is round the corner…time to take care of our pooches and protect them. Give your pooch lots of love and care and enjoy lazing under the sun or cosy warm blankets. Help the strays in your vicinity to battle the winter months, by providing them shelter and food. Let’s spread happiness all around!
Happy winters!

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Shweta
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