Waste Stations Improve Public Areas and Trails

“Earlier this month Marin supervisors approved a contract for a pet waste removal service they’ve used before to scour our open spaces twice a week to clean up after dog owners and walkers who can’t — dare I say won’t — pick up after their dogs.  … emptying and relining dog waste cans by the open space gates, and restocking the dispensers holding biodegradable pet waste bags.”

Tidy Turf Pet Waste Removal of Sonoma, California was awarded the job of helping to keep the trails and open spaces of Marin clean, beautiful, pleasant and healthful.

“It’s not an easy job,” said Brian Sanford, Marin Open Space District superintendent.

Read the full article by Vicki Larson, at the Marin Independent Journal, here: http://www.marinij.com/lifestyle/20171113/its-a-crappy-job-but-someone-has-to-do-it

It’s a crappy job but someone has to do it

 

 

Know Your … uhm…. STUFF! Reading Doggie Diarrhea

Continuing Education for pooper-scoopers:

Knowing when and what to tell clients about what you see adds value to your service.  Dogtime ran this article that will be very helpful in knowing what to look for in dog stool. Color, texture, and more characteristics of dog stool can carry important information about the dog’s health. Your expertise in this topic can make you much more than “just a poop scooper.”

Diarrhea In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments
“Diarrhea in dogs is the passing of loose or liquid stool more frequently than usual. Treatment for diarrhea can be simple or more complicated depending on the underlying cause. Diarrhea symptoms could be related to problems with your dog’s small intestine, large intestine, or other organs. To help your veterinarian determine the cause, be prepared to answer questions about your dog’s diet, habits, and environment, as well as specific details about the diarrhea. Once your veterinarian has narrowed the list of possible culprits, they can plan for specific tests to determine the exact cause and treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for diarrhea in dogs.”
Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/1878-dog-diarrhea-wsu#jJMulzvbm27FZb7X.99

 

Dog Lovers Spend Whatever it Takes. Fortunately, Scooper Service Doesn’t Take Much!

Life is better with dogs, and people are increasingly spending big bucks on pets.  How much is too much?  For some dog-lovers, it seems that no amount is too great.

Steve Burgess explores the issue in this article at the Calgary Herald:

“We get people who want to euthanize their animals because of fleas. On the other hand I know a woman who took her cat down to UC Davis in California for a kidney transplant—it probably cost about $100,000.” –Dr. Adrian Walton of Dewdney Animal Hospital

Read more at:

Pets, Vets and Debts

Fortunately for us all, Pooper-Scooper service doesn’t present such a problem!

Scooper service is a terrific value!

Expanding the Roles of Service Dogs

It has been interesting – and gratifying – to see the areas into which people and dogs have been expanding their mutual support over the past 30 years. Pooper-scoopers are pleased and proud to be able to help  people keep their beloved helpers with them when they otherwise might not be able to keep up with all of the tasks involved with maintaining animal companionship.

“Seeing eye dogs were the first type of service dogs in the U.S., supporting the blind community. …

“As research on what dogs are capable of providing became more concrete, the Americans with Disabilities Act expanded the definition of service dogs in 1990 to include “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.”

Read more at Rover.com:

Service Dogs Provide Alert Assistance for People with Diabetes

Service Dogs Provide Alert Assistance for People with Diabetes

People Want to Spend More Money on Pets

Always give the customer the option to spend more money, because lots of them want to.

“The trend to treat dogs like children is becoming increasingly popular,” added Jancy Ulch of K. Sutherland PR. Ulch represents both Bella & Beau and Planet Dog, both of which cater to humans who seek to give their pets special treats.

“This may be due to the growing population of young, working professionals who aren’t quite ready for children, but still want something to spoil and love,” Ulch continued.

Read more at SupermarketNews.com:

Humanization of pets drives spending

http://www.supermarketnews.com/winning-pet-care/humanization-pets-drives-spending

Dogtime Article: Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Mike Clark writes about a subject of great importance for all pooper-scoopers in the article at Dogtime.com

“If you see the signs of tapeworm infestation in your dog, [LET THE CLIENT KNOW SO THEY CAN] get to the veterinarian immediately so they can prescribe treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for tapeworm in dogs.”

Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/55775-tapeworms-dogs-symptoms-causes-treatments#lDdSXeSWPIpVkHZ6.99