While picking up your dog’s waste may not be the most glamourous duty, have you ever thought about what may happen if you don’t do this? It’s estimated that approximately 38 percent of people don’t pick up their dog’s waste. If you are a bit lax when it comes to doing this, there are several reasons you should change your mind.
Dog Waste isn’t a Fertilizer
If you are like most people, you probably put cow manure on your plants to help them grow. You may think that dog poop provides the same benefits. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
Dogs and cows have different diets. Since dogs have much more protein in their diet, the waste is extremely acidic, and it contains microbes and pathogens, which can leave excess nutrients in certain areas, such as rivers and lakes.
Dog waste is also full of nitrogen, which means that your grass may turn yellow or brown in areas where it isn’t cleaned up. If you want to ensure your lawn remains green, make sure you clean up after your dog – or at a minimum, once a week.
Dog Waste Can Affect Your Water
All types of animal waste can affect your water, and waste from dogs is no exception. However, if you are diligent and mindful, you can reduce this impact.
Consider this typical chain reaction – if you fail to clean up dog waste from sidewalks and grass, then it rains, the snow melts, and the waste is washed into the storm drains, it’s out of sight and out of mind, right? This isn’t the case. At this point, the fecal matter may make it into ponds, streams, and lakes, along with other sources of water.
If this happens, the waste is going to decompose and release nutrients that can cause excessive weeds and algae to grow. This is going to cause the water to be smelly, green, and murky. If the algae becomes too overgrown, it can make it too contaminated for swimming, fishing, boating, and more.
Cleaning Up Your Dog’s Waste May be the Law
There are some cities and towns where cleaning up your dog’s waste is the law. Not only that, this is part of being a good neighbor. If you fail to clean up after your pet and live in an area that has a “pooper scooper law,” then you may be fined. Just be thankful you don’t live in Madrid – here, there’s a park that will box up your dog’s waste and send it to you.
If you don’t regularly clean up after your dog, now is the time to start doing so. As you can see, there are several issues that may arise if you fail to do this.
Take some time to pick up after your pup to keep your plants and grass green and healthy, and to reduce the environmental impact it has. In the long run, this is going to pay off and help ensure your dog doesn’t contribute to any of the issues mentioned above.