If we’re honest, no one in their right mind would want to pick up dog poop. Dog poop fresh out of a dog can be stinky, gushy, and warm. Yuck. However, it is really important that you pick up after your dog each time it goes to the bathroom, especially if it isn’t using the bathroom in your yard. Here are some reasons why you need to clean up after your pet, and why dog bag dispensers and dog waste stations are so important to maintaining good health.
Dog Waste and Dog Waste Solutions
Your dog is probably so cute and cuddly, you don’t want to think about them using the bathroom in your yard, or someone else’s. If you don’t pick up your dog’s waste, you may be in for a world of trouble. Researchers estimate that all of the dogs in America produce 10 million pounds of poop every year, and it’s essential to our health that we clean it up.
First, dog poop cannot break down on its own, no matter how hard it rains or how deep it snows. In fact, it can take up to a year before your dog’s poop will be completely broken down. While a year before breakdown is fine if your dog only poops once a year, the average dog poops between one and four times a day. When it rains, part of your dog’s poop can make it into the water system. Dog waste is responsible for about 30% of the bacteria in water systems.
Second, dog poop can be full of diseases and parasites. Dog waste can contain e-coli bacteria, parvo, giardiasis, campylobacter, and salmonella. Dog waste may also have parasites such as ringworm and tapeworm. These parasites and diseases can be harmful to humans, especially pregnant women and children.
Third, when you pick up your dog’s poop on a walk, you are acting as a responsible neighbor. No one wants to pick up their own dog’s poop, but they really don’t want to pick up someone else’s. When you pick up after your dog, you are showing courtesy and friendship to your neighbors. This goodwill might come in handy if a tree falls in your yard and you need help chopping it up, or if you have a piece of furniture that needs to be moved. You want to take care of your neighbors the way they take care of you.
Finally, many people think that dog waste actually helps other people’s yards and gardens, but that’s not true. In many cases, dog poop has the opposite effect. That’s because dogs eat a lot of protein. Excess protein causes excess nitrogen and potassium. These two nutrients can burn a hole in your lawn or flower garden. Removing dog waste is an excellent way to keep your yard and garden healthy.
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If you are one of the over 100 million Americans who own a dog, be sure that you are being a courteous, responsible neighbor and you’re picking up your own dog waste. It is better for you, your neighbor and the environment.