The Dangers of Dog Fecies: Do You Clean Up After Your Pet?

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 10:23 AM

Almost everyone has a dog, right? There are 1.7 dogs on average to each household of dog owners. Now, let's do the math. The average dog poops twice a day. That's 14 little poop piles a week! 1.7 x 14 = 23.8 piles a week in the average home. Yes of course no one owns only 70 percent of a dog, but these are just numbers.


Let me get to my point, dog feces is the 3rd most harmful substance that harms our water supplies. This is directly related to lazy pet owners who can't pick up after their animals! And contrary to popular belief, dog feces does not help your lawn in any way shape or form as far as fertilizer goes.

"Dog feces may contain parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia." (http://aapaw.org)

These parasites will not only harm your pets, but you too, especially your children. Parvovirus is a huge killer of dogs and once they have it, it's very expensive to get rid of it. This can be greatly prevented by keeping your pets vaccinated and being sure to clean up after your pet!

Too lazy? There's a job for that! PoopButler will come to your house and clean up your dogs poop for you! Here's the link: http://www.poopbutler.com/states-oregon-pooper-scooper.

Please consider either keeping up with your dog's waste, or just hiring someone to do it for you. Pay your son or daughter if you will! Just please clean up after your pets. It's a healthier and safer way to live for you, your pets, and the environment.

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