If you have a dog, you might have a hard time deciding which litter to keep.
You’re not alone.
For many dog owners, the decision is an emotional one, one made on the basis of whether the litter is pure poultry.
While the term ‘poultry litter’ is often used in the UK, in Europe it’s more often associated with chicken litter, and some breeders even sell pure chicken litter.
It’s a contentious issue and many breeders and breeders associations are opposing the use of ‘pure poultry’ as a name for the litter.
But the issue is being debated in the United States and in Europe.
“The word ‘purchaser’ has become synonymous with the use in the US of ‘premium’ chicken litter,” says Dr Richard DeAngelis, a veterinary medicine professor at the University of Florida, who studies dog and cat litter.
“This has created a very artificial perception of quality and value of the product.”
In the UK he says it’s the opposite situation: “We use the word ‘premix’ because of the way that they are packaged, so that you don’t have to buy them individually.
It doesn’t make them any more expensive than other products.”
For most dogs, the choice is based on whether they prefer chicken litter or the other type of litter.
The UK Department of Health (DH) defines a dog’s litter as pure, unadulterated chicken litter mixed with pure bird and animal waste.
Poultry litter is not considered to be chicken litter in the DH.
“It is not the case that a dog can only buy a product which is not chicken litter at all,” says the DH’s guidance on how to choose chicken litter for a dog.
It is also important to note that in the U.K. and other European countries, the ‘purchase price’ is not determined by the number of chickens that a household uses, says the DHA’s guidance.
Instead, the price is determined by what the dog can afford.
“Dogs that are looking for pure chicken are likely to be willing to pay higher prices than dogs that are used to other types of litter,” DeAngelises says.
However, it is important to remember that the average price of a litter is higher than that of other litter types, and dogs are likely not looking to buy chicken litter exclusively for its price.
For example, the average dog price is around $1,000, whereas a chicken litter could cost as much as $20,000.
“If you buy a dog that is looking for chicken litter to make a pet bed, it’s going to be expensive,” says DeAngelise.
“But it’s not going to cost you more than buying a dog who is not looking for poultry litter.”
What are the main benefits of dog litter?
The main benefit of dog or cat litter is to keep your dog clean and free of germs.
However the most important benefit is that it can reduce the chances of illness for your dog.
“A dog can get a lot of diseases that can be passed to cats and dogs, so having a dog with no fleas and no ticks is a great advantage,” says Professor DeAngelides.
“You can then have your dog vaccinated against those diseases.”
The same is true of dog owners.
“Most people will be happy with a dog and a cat litter because they are both very similar,” says David McAllister, owner of Paddle Dogs in Edinburgh.
“Pets have a lot in common.
They share a diet and a routine, so the chance of getting an illness is low.
And they share a home, so it’s much easier for them to move in and out.”
However, dogs with parasites can be at higher risk of infection, and in some cases they need to be treated before the fleas, ticks and other germs are cleared from the dog’s fur.
The best way to manage these problems is to get your dog a home with good sanitation and clean water.
Paws should be regularly cleaned and disinfected with a mild bleach and soap.
In addition, a good clean bedding area should be provided.
If you choose to keep the dog, consider getting him vaccinated against the common flea, tick and mite infections.
In general, you can use chicken litter as a litter replacement, because it doesn’t contain all of the harmful bacteria.
However there are health benefits for the dog in keeping the litter, such as reduced flea numbers, better control of fleas that are a nuisance, and fewer health problems.
DeAngeles suggests keeping your dog with you in a cage, and making sure that the cage is kept clean.
“Do not leave your dog alone,” he says.
“There’s a lot to be said for a pet living in a secure environment with lots of exercise and good food.”
Is there a solution?
There are some dogs that can tolerate chicken litter without any problems, but the health benefits are not always immediate,