- It’s the law! In most urban and suburban areas, it’s unlawful NOT to pick up after your pet. Just as with littering, your violation is subject to a substantial fine. Even if there is no restriction, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do.
- Dog Poop is unhealthy! Fresh or abandoned dog poop can present several common diseases, such as Giardia, Salmonella, and E. coli which can be transmitted to dogs, cats, and humans. Roundworms and hookworms live in the soil for long periods of time and can also be transmitted to animals and humans. Children who play outside and roll around on the ground are particularly at risk.
- Fly control! Flies consume and lay eggs in poop, and when they come into your home they spread disease as they land on your counters or food.
- Dog poop pollutes the water! Dog feces contain high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that feed and stimulate the growth of algae in water bodies. These nutrients then deplete the oxygen in the water which is necessary for wildlife, fish, and underwater grasses. Make sure you don’t dispose of dog poop in storm drains either, as they empty directly into water sources and rivers. Cleaning up after your dog is environmentally responsible.
- It’s not fertilizer! Dog Poop bio-degrades slowly. Leaving dog poop encourages other dogs to mark that spot where another dog pooped. Poop left on the grass contributes to the problem of “nitrogen burn” as it breaks down very slowly.
- It helps prevent stool eating! The shocking truth is that most dogs will eat poop at some point in their life. To prevent this, clean up all poop every day, especially if you have young dogs. In older dogs, sprinkle digestive enzymes over their food to stop that habit.
- Neighbors won’t complain! Dog poop is the number one complaint against dog owners, over aggression, barking, or loose dogs. Leaving dog poop behind makes owners look irresponsible. Your actions set an example for everyone else, and it’s the right thing to do.
- It’s easy to clean up! Carry plastic baggies and paper towels in your pocket. The baggies can be secured and thrown away in the garbage. Dog Poop is unsightly. Everybody knows it. It’s disgusting. It smells. Pick it up.
And don’t forget to wash your hands, thoroughly, with hot soapy water, when you get home and have disposed of the dog poop!