Guest Post by Stephanie Chow
Did you know?
- 72.8 million dogs currently live in the United States
- 30,000 tons of waste is collectively produced every day
- That’s 10 million tons of dog waste produced every year!
- Dog waste is NOT fertilizer for your lawn.
In fact, it is just the opposite and can be very toxic to your soil. Due to their high-protein diet, dog waste is highly acidic and will actually burn your grass creating brown patches.
- Just one gram of dog waste can contain as many as 23 million fecal coliform bacteria.
Waste can seep into groundwater and spread salmonella and giardia. This poses a hazard to your pets, your family, and your landscape.
- Your lawn mower doesn’t help, in fact can make it worse.
Mowers will actually chop up the waste into smaller pieces and spread it further throughout your yard where you, your children, and your pets continue to step in it and then bring it into your home.
- Dog fecal matter is a major contributor to stormwater pollution.
One out of three households have at least one dog, and all that dog poop left out can be blown into storm drains, lakes, and streams. When in water, the liquefied waste consumes the oxygen and releases ammonia, which contaminates our resources as well as harms the fish that reside there.
- The EPA classified dog waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
The average dog discards approximately three quarters of a pound of waste per day, which adds up to 275 pounds per year. Your yard might be more polluted than you think.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella can be spread by contact with infected dog waste.
It can take over one year for dog waste to decay, but even when it has visibly disappeared, the parasite eggs it contained can linger on for years in your soil – leaving your family and your pets vulnerable to serious infection.
What you can do
- Bag it and trash it, always.
- Difficult to keep up with the mess? Hire a local pet waste removal company to clean your yard on a routine basis.
- The most responsible thing pet owners can do for their family, community, and environment is to make sure their pets are picked up after.
- Share this information with friends, family, and neighbors. Let them know the importance of scooping their dog’s poop, and that it’s more than just a smelly eyesore.
Stephanie Chow is the founder of a unique type of business in Asheville called Pet Poo Skiddoo, a local pet waste removal company. Stephanie, a former web designer, now scoops up doggie droppings for a living. Her mission is to not only keep the town clean, but to educate others about the true hazardous dangers of pet waste and to provide a service that will protect people and animals alike.
If you are a pet owner in need of some extra help whether it is removing waste from your yard, cleaning out your cat’s litter box, or taking your dog out on a walk for some relief, contact Stephanie at Pet Poo Skiddoo!
Images provided by Pet Poo Skiddoo