5 Reasons to Scoop Your Dog's Poop
1. If you think your pet’s poop will “go away” on it's own, possibly from disintegration or washing away from rain, you're wrong.
Instead, harmful, toxic bacteria seeps into the ground where it can live for weeks or months, or maybe longer, and contaminate our yards and water sources. You’re leaving a disease-ridden doggie pile for someone to step in and track into homes, cars, and businesses, and children can end up playing in the poopy area, and in turn in the harmful bacteria.
2. Dog waste carries harmful bacteria such as giardia, salmonella, E. coli, and parvovirus, as well as types of worms like hookworms, tapeworms, and even heart worms.
These bacteria can be transmitted to humans and other animals when in contact with dog waste or waste contaminated water.
3. Contrary to what many people think, your dog’s poop is NOT a type of fertilizer.
Actually, leaving it in your yard has no benefits at all. It can be very harmful, and when left on the ground during a rain shower, washes into storm drains and ultimately into our waterways. Dog waste affects natural habitats for fish and other beneficial underwater plants and animals.
4. Dog poop is a nuisance.
No one enjoys seeing, smelling, or stepping in a doggy land mine. And your friends and neighbors don’t really want their children wandering upon it either.
5. In many areas, it’s the law!
Besides just being the right thing to do, you could accumulate some nice fines if you decide not to clean up after your pet.
Join the growing number of responsible pet owners and clean up after your pet!
Did you know that dog waste is a large part of the #3 cause of water pollution today? That #3 cause is bacteria in our water sources, and a large part of that bacteria comes from animal waste run off. Yes, that includes wild animals, but with about 10 million tons of pet waste each year, and somewhere around 23 million fecal bacteria per gram of dog waste, the bacteria from pet waste run off makes a huge impact on our ecosystem.
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- Billie Claire Darby