Taking our dogs for a walk is often the highlight of our day and is most certainly the highlight of theirs! The exercise is good for us and it is always good to get our precious pooches moving too.
However, along our walk, we might find ourselves needing to pick up dog poop after our dogs and might find yourself in two minds about it. Is it really necessary to clean up after them? The answer is yes, and here are the reasons why:
- Their poop is not good for the grass. Unlike cow or chicken manure, dog poop does not provide a good form of compost. Dog poop contains much more acid which actually kills grass
- Dog poop may be a vector for diseases. Although your dog may seem healthy, he may be carrying certain diseases, such as parvo or E.coli. These diseases can be spread to people or other animals if they come into contact with it
- Poop does not instantly decompose. Unlike other animals, dog poop can take up to a year to decompose
- Dog poop can be a risk to the environment. Because dog poop is acidic and can carry disease, it can be a danger to the environment when watered down. When it rains, these contaminants may wash into rivers or waterways and provide a health risk to the environment and people
- It is just downright unpleasant. The smell of poop attracts flies and bugs, which is unpleasant for both you and other people. There is also the risk of others accidentally stepping in it. In other words, it is just common courtesy to clean up after your diligent dog!
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