Pet waste, and properly getting rid of it, shouldn’t ruin your summer. But it is something that you must manage every day if you live with a dog or cat. This is what you need to know.
Urine is typically sterile. This means that normally there are no viruses, bacteria or parasites found in urine. If found, your pet will often behave differently than normal, and the pee may have traces of blood in it.
Feces is never sterile. It’s normal for certain kinds of bacteria that are important for your pet’s health to live in feces. Other kinds of bacteria, viruses and parasites can be found in feces, and they are not healthy for your pet. If found, your pet often will behave differently than normal, and the poop may have a different color, or be harder or softer than what is typical for your pet.
Your veterinarian may want to perform tests on your pet’s pee or poop as part of a routine or sick visit. Since veterinarians know that tests can be expensive, they’ll first recommend tests that cost as little as possible, yet provide the best information for the most common problems they see in pets like yours. If the first tests don’t tell them what they need to know to identify a health problem, then they’ll recommend other tests. You need to let them know if you have any financial concerns before you let them continue with testing. Your veterinarian will recommend treatments based on what’s causing the problem.
LIVING WITH DOGS
Most dogs use the outdoors as their bathroom. Whether you like to walk your dog in the neighborhood or let your dog run around your yard (or elsewhere), be a good neighbor and pick up your dog’s poop. If you don’t like to pick up dog poop with a plastic bag because you find it disgusting, or if you have problems bending or squatting down, there are tools that can help you manage the poop that’ll make it less disgusting and more comfortable for you.
LIVING WITH CATS A healthy and happy cat will use the litterbox you provide in your home. There are many reasons why a cat might not use the litterbox, including medical, physical, or even psychological reasons. A trip to the veterinarian and a consultation with a veterinary behaviorist can help you properly identify the problem. I strongly recommend that you keep your cat indoors at all times for the overall health of your cat. If you do choose to let your cat outdoors, then I strongly recommend a “catio” (i.e. a patio for cats) using a fine mesh screen to prevent mosquitoes from entering and taking care to keep wildlife out