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Can I Flush Pet Poop Down the Toilet?

As a loving pet owner, it may be difficult to imagine not sharing everything with your furry friend –including the toilet. Flushing their feces down the toilet sounds more convenient, so what’s the big deal? The problem is your toilet is only designed to process human waste and toilet paper. Flushing anything else down can cause harm to your plumbing system and the environment.

Why You Should Never Flush Pet Poop

Plumbing Issues

Unlike human poop, your pet’s stool can contain things not visible to the naked eye. For example, it’s common for dogs to have small amounts of grass, hair, and rawhide bones in their stool. With cats, it’s best to avoid flushing their stool down the toilet after using clumping cat litter. Even if you separate their poop from the litter, it can be dangerous for your toilet. Flushing even a small amount over time can clog your toilet or lead to more expensive repairs, such as a cracked pipe.

Environmental Harm

Even if your pet seems perfectly healthy, their poop can contain parasites that are unsafe to flush down the toilet. Cats carry Toxoplasma, which is especially dangerous for pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Dog feces commonly contain roundworm eggs and a variety of other harmful bacteria.

Most wastewater treatment systems aren’t designed to remove these parasites, which means they can get discharged back into the waterways, causing harm to the environment.

Contact Korrect Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for Your Plumbing Needs

While it may seem convenient to flush your pet’s poop down the toilet, it’s not worth it! It’s best to dispose of it in the trash. Learn more about the most common causes of a clogged drain here.

If you suspect an issue with your drainage system due to flushing pet poop down the toilet, don’t fret! You can always count on our experts to provide the best drain & sewer service in Dayton — reach out to Korrect Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today at (937) 837-2333 to see how we can help!