On a scale from one to 10 of enjoyable things to do, picking up your dog’s poo-poo surprises probably rank somewhere between zero and negative infinity. But picking up after your dog is important, and your job as a responsible pet owner. There are certain beliefs that dog owners thought are true but are not which can actually cause bigger problems to the environment and to us people.
Know these Truths and be 6 steps ahead responsible dog owner.
1. My dog’s poops are actually good for the environment because they’re a natural fertilizer.
FALSE: Besides being a nuisance to see and smell dog waste can pose a health risk if left on the ground. Contrary to what some people might think, dog waste is not a type of fertilizer, and is actually considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to be a “non point source pollutant, placing it in the same category as herbicides, insecticides and toxic chemicals.”
2. If I leave the poop on the ground long enough, eventually the rain will wash it away/it will disintegrate, and it won’t be a problem anymore.
FALSE: When it rains, dog waste left on the ground washes into storm drains and can contribute harmful bacteria to our waterways, including local lakes, streams and beaches. Two or three days worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles to swimming and shell fishing.
3. You can flush dog poop down the toilet.
TRUE: In fact, flushing your dog’s poop down the toilet is one of the best ways to dispose of it, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. If your home is connected to the municipal sewage system, the poop will be sent to a waste water treatment plant and eliminated of bacteria during the sanitation process.
4. You can flush bagged dog poop down the toilet.
FALSE: Do not flush dog poop that has been placed in a bag down your toilet. Doing so can clog your plumbing and mess up sewer systems.
5. Dog waste can be harmful to your health.
TRUE: Dog poo-poo can carry a crap-load of creepy crawlies, including heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms. It can also contain diseases galore, including parvovirus, giardia, salmonella and E. coli.
Trust me, you don’t want those disease-bombs sitting around your home or public walkways, so pick up after your dog, and be sure to wash your hands after doing so, or as soon as you can.
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