Cleaning Up After Fido

December 9, 2015

According to the ASPCA (aspca.org), there are more than 70 million dogs sharing the couches, beds and backyards in households across the United States. And with all of those dogs, there is a lot of cleanup that takes place to ensure that home and yard are kept as sanitary as possible for a healthy pet and healthy family.

There is a wide variety of products available for consumers to choose from when it comes to picking up what Fido leaves behind, and retailers can benefit by giving consumers a choice.

One of the most widely used items is the pet waste bag, thanks to its convenience and ease of use. According to an article by Live Science (www.livescience.com), one company, BioBag (www.biobagusa.com), sold well over 19 million units of their biodegradable pet waste disposal bags. Other companies, such as Earth Rated (www.earthrated.com) and Bags On Board (www.bagsonboard.com), also offer disposal bags, and bags can be found in a variety of colors and scents.

Scoops, rakes and grabbers are the next line of waste cleanup tools purchased by pet owners. The advantage of these products is that they reduce or eliminate the need to bend over, which is helpful for anyone with physical limitations. Automated scoopers are also available; the AuggieDog Stool Tool (www.auggiedog.com), when placed over the top of the mess, picks it up with a click of a button on the handle.

Retailers can increase sales in this area by offering accessories and other products for cleaning up pet messes. Waste bag pouches that attach to the leash, cleaning products like Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover (www.natures-miracle.com), and even a freezing spray that hardens waste for easier pickup (www.poopfreeze.com).

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