Taking your dog for a never-ending evening walk must be a pleasant moment but being a responsible pet owner, it’s our obligation to take care of their big pile of poop as well. I know picking up dog’s nasty looking pile is the worst thing about having a dog and we never think of this situation. You will be shocked after hearing this: There are more than 70 million dogs in the United States and approximately 40% of dog owners have admitted that they don’t pick up their pet waste. 1 gram of dog feces contains 23 million fecal bacteria. Sounds unbelievable, isn’t it? So in today’s post, we are going to give top 10 reasons to pick up your dog poop.
Reasons To Pickup Your Dog Poop
Dog poop is not only ruining our beautiful surroundings but also is a great source of several common diseases that can be transmitted to dogs, other animal species and humans as well. In spite of being a bio-degrade waste, exposure to an unwell dog’s poop or unvaccinated dog’s stool may contain parasites, worms and cause diseases like Salmonella, Giardia, E-coli, and Roundworms. These bacteria also drive themselves deep into the soil and cause severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration especially to children who play on the ground.
Save Your Surroundings
Cleaning your surroundings and neighborhood is the core responsibility of every citizen. Stepping in dog poop could make anyone believe that they have bad luck when it’s really the fault of the pet owner that left the poop in a public place. Many U.S. cities have already adopted a law to pick up your dog’s done business and any kind of violation leads to the penalty. Pooping in public is not only affecting nature’s beauty but also leave behind different diseases and parasites.
It is not a Fertilizer
Many dog owners have a misconception in their mind that dog poop is a bio-degradable waste and can be used as a natural fertilizer. Well, this is partially true as not all piles of poop are equal. Dog waste bio-degrades at a very slow rate as compared to cow manure. Cows are herbivores while dogs diet contain a very high amount of meat products which make their poop a low-level fertilizer. Dog waste is quite acidic and toxic to plants as well. In winters, poop usually freezers due to low temperature and remain unfertilized for several weeks to several months.
Save Water Bodies
We have already talked a lot about the major health and cleanliness issues directly associated with dog poop in the above points. Now, we will explain how dog poop pollutes the water bodies and environment, especially with the help of rain. Strong rain showers transport the pet poop directly into major water bodies (like rivers, ponds etc). This diseases rich poop ultimately affects the aquatic animals and aquatic plants. Dog feces deplete the oxygen level in water as it contains the high level of nitrogen and phosphorous. It is so dangerous that it falls under the same EPA pollutant category as oil and runoff from abandon mines.
Invitation To Rats
Want new and exciting neighbors? Let your dog poop and just walk away. Rats just to eat your dog’s leftovers as it is their major meal. Registered as a big problem in urban areas, Rodents move in and start building their families in the neighborhood due to excess of pet waste in that particular area. Millions of homes in the United States have unwelcomed guests in the form of rats and other rodents.
To Prevent Stool Eating
Right now, Poop eating is one of the major problems for dog owners. Almost 24% of pet parents (one in four) have faced this problem at least once in their dog’s lifespan. Struggling with the same? Visit our blog to find out why dogs eat poop? To prevent this occasional indiscretion from becoming a life-long habit, clean up the leftovers as soon as possible.
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