HAPPY INTERNATIONAL POOPER SCOOPER WEEK! The first week of April in the pet industry is dedicated to giving dog owners the scoop on the poop. The week focuses on educating pet owners and raising awareness of the effects of pet waste. Since there is so much misinformation and confusion about pet waste, it is essential to let the public know about how it affects the environment and those that can potentially come into contact with it. These factors all come down to 6 facts you didn’t know about your pets’ poop.
Dog poop is NOT fertilizer
Contrary to popular belief, dog feces is not a good fertilizer. It does not add any benefits to the dirt. Dog feces is a waste product high in nitrogen and phosphorus, which can be toxic to your soil. Dog waste in its raw form can have negative effects on the environment. Before dog feces can be considered a fertilizer, it needs to go through a composting process before it can be beneficial to add to your lawn and environment.
Pet waste is one of the largest sources of water pollution
Since people believe dog feces is a fertilizer that can decompose in the soil, it gets into water sources. Rain causes the waste to run off into nearby streams and rivers, affecting local water sources. This can affect local animals and wildlife that rely on these water sources. It can also affect stray animals and kids that play in puddles and streams.
Dog droppings are common carriers of unpleasant substances
Dog waste can make you sick if you come into contact with the feces of an infected dog. Dog feces can carry harmful substances such as heartworm, whipworm, hookworm, roundworm, parvovirus, giardia, salmonella and E. coli. These worms and diseases can seriously affect your dog’s health and anyone who comes into contact. These worms and illnesses can also affect humans. These diseases can even cause death if left untreated.
It takes up to 12 months for poop to fully break down
Another misconception is that dog feces and everything it contains can be cleaned out with some water or after a rainfall. This is not true. Rinsing a poop clean can clear the area, but microscopically, the remnants of the waste will remain until the environment breaks it down into the soil. This process can take up to 12 months to break down completely.
Using biodegradable poop bags isn’t enough
The invention of biodegradable poop bags was great but further pushed the misconception that you can throw poop bags anywhere. The bag will degrade into the soil, but this will not prevent the harmful substances from degrading with it. Mowing through dog waste also doesn’t help. It may get rid of the poop on the lawn, but the toxic substances can be spread further around your yard and the environment.
You can compost dog poop
Did you know that dog poop (and cat poop) can be composted? Edson now offers a curbside garbage pick up that includes a gray bin for garbage materials and a green bin for organic waste. The organic bin accepts the typical food waste and yard waste but did you know that you can also throw away your pet waste into your green bin? So long as your pet waste is in a certified compostable or paper bag you can dispose of your dog waste, cat litter, animal bedding, pet fur, hair and feathers, and pet food and treats. How cool is that?
The main scoop on poop is that it can be more harmful than we think! Dog waste is not a benefit to the environment and can be detrimental to wildlife and humans. Be sure to pick up after your dog. Having poop bags on hand will ensure you can dispose of your dog’s waste accordingly. Disposing of your poop bags in a neighbourhood trash bin can help prevent dangerous waste and diseases from spreading in the neighbourhood. If you do not have a trash bin in a nearby park, reach out to your local politicians to inform them of proper pet waste management. At Poop’d Out, we care about keeping our pets healthy and make sure waste is handled and thrown out accordingly. Check out our pet care and dog walking services!