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Why Is It Important to Pick up Dog Waste?


Dog owners should be responsible and pick up their pets in public places. However, there are times when owners fail to pick up their dog’s waste because they are in a hurry, don’t have poop bags, or don’t understand why it is so important. As a result, you’ve probably stepped in more than your fair share of dog feces. In fact, you’ve probably stepped in dog poop without realizing it until you smell it wafting through your car. This is just one of the many reasons why cleaning up after your dog is so important. 


Here are a few more examples. 


  1. Dog feces will not break down on its own.


You’re wrong if you think pet waste pickup will dissolve or wash away. It can take up to a year for dog waste to decompose completely. Rainwater also flows into drainage systems when it washes over dog poop, and the contaminated water is then discharged into bodies of water such as lakes, streams, and rivers. This means you could be swimming in feces the next time you go swimming in your favorite spot! According to studies, pet waste accounts for up to 30% of bacteria found in watersheds. 


  1. Dog feces may contain bacteria & parasites that carry various diseases.


If not correctly picked up, parasites and bacteria in dog waste can spread disease to other dogs and even you. E. Coli and salmonella are two bacteria found in dog waste. Even if your dog shows no signs of illness, his waste can carry diseases harmful to humans and other animals. Coronavirus, Giardiasis, Parvovirus, Cryptosporidiosis, Salmonellosis, Campylobacteriosis, and worms such as ringworm and tapeworm are all present. 


Parasites and bacteria can survive for years in the soil. If you don’t clean up after your dog, you’re exposing other people’s pets to harmful bacteria. Gardeners and children who play outside are the most vulnerable to contamination. 


The water quality is also affected by this harmful bacteria. Nutrients and pathogens can pollute the water if the poop is not correctly disposed of. When your furry best friend goes potty, and the waste ends up in the water, it decomposes and releases harmful nutrients, causing algae and weeds to grow out of control. Locals will be unable to swim, fish, or boat in the water because it will stink. When water is contaminated with this type of waste, humans can become seriously ill. 


Avoid allowing your dog to poop within 200 feet of a body of water, and never throw dog waste down a storm drain. 


  1. Pet waste pickup is common courtesy. 


Cleaning up after your dog is not only polite, but it is also your responsibility as a pet owner. The smell of feces left in yards, grassy areas, parks, and even on the sidewalk can quickly become overwhelming! Because you own your dog, it is your responsibility to clean up after him. It is even the law to clean up after your pet in some urban and suburban areas. 


While reusing plastic grocery bags is convenient, biodegradable baggies explicitly made for the job are a more environmentally friendly option. 


  1. Contrary to popular opinion, dog feces do not act as fertilizer.


Think again if you believe, as many people do, that dog waste is a natural fertilizer. Because most dogs’ diets are high in protein, fertilizer has the opposite effect. Dog poop is exceptionally high in nitrogen and phosphorus; allowing it to accumulate in your lawn can result in grass burns as dog feces will kill your grass if it isn’t picked up because it is so acidic. 


Because cows eat plant matter, dog waste is not the same as cow manure. Cow poop, on the other hand, can be used as compost in gardens and fields. If not appropriately composted, dog poop can contaminate fruits, vegetables, and the surrounding area with harmful bacteria. 


You may believe that your dog’s feces is harmless. However, neglecting pet waste pickup can potentially upset an ecosystem’s balance, particularly in densely populated areas. Two dogs per square mile are the maximum that an ecosystem can handle. However, in many cities, there are nearly 125 dogs per square mile! That’s enough to throw an ecosystem off, especially if some pet owners don’t pick up their pet waste regularly.


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