On any given walk with my dog, I find more poop piles than anything else. I see it on lawns, in the parks, along the beach and on the sidewalks – it’s everywhere and it’s amazing to see so much of it not being picked up.
I always pick up my dog’s poop. If I don’t have a bag, I find something to pick it up with – even if that means digging around in the trash. To those of you who do not pick up poop, here are three reasons why you should.
Poop Is Expensive
It’s against the law to leave your dog’s poop - you could face a fine of $100 or up to $750. No pet parent will dispute that picking up dog poop is unpleasant, but leaving his poop for an unsuspecting person, or another dog, to step in is not cool and frankly, makes you an irresponsible pet parent. Every dog parent hates this job, but it’s your job and you need do it, no matter how awful. Even the president picks up his dog’s poop. You have no excuses.
Poop Will Make You Sick
You can get sick from old dog poop. Your children can get sick from old dog poop. Old dog poop can find its way into your city water systems and contaminate the water you drink. It can also make your dog sick. If the dog who left the poop was sick, the next dog or person who comes into contact with that poop could become very ill with nasty parasites like E. coli, tapeworm and roundworm. Yuck! When you leave your dog’s poop, you are putting yourself, your family and your children at risk for disease.
Can I Get You a Poop Bag?
Aside from the fact that not picking up your dog’s feces is rude, it’s also bad for the environment. A lot of dog owners think that because animal manure is good for your garden, it’s okay to leave dog poop to biodegrade. Actually, dog feces is similar to human feces and is not good for the lawn, the garden or flower bed. According to gardeninggonewild.com, it’s high in nitrogen and can kill off native plants. Dog poop also accounts for 20-30 percent of all stream pollution. Gross!
Dogs are great, picking up their poop – not so much. However, leaving it can break your bank account, make you sick and wreak havoc on the environment. Not a good thing. So do your wallet, your family and Mother Earth a solid, and pick it up.