Updated: Jul 31, 2020
The subject of dog poop is not one that most people enjoy talking about. The truth is that it’s an important topic to be informed on as a dog owner, or even as a neighbor of a dog owner.
You see, neglected dog poop, feces, waste, or whatever name you want to call it, can have many negative repercussions that you might not know about.
For starters, dog poop is known for containing extremely high amounts of bacteria. It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. This bacteria spreads diseases such as:
CryptosporidiosisYou don’t have to be a pathologist to recognize that you don’t want to assist in the spread of those diseases. So do the world a favor and make sure your dog’s waste is cleaned up promptly.
Secondly, dog poop attracts rodents such as rats and mice. Very often there are bits of food still intact in your dog’s waste that can be a valuable resource to rodents. Rodents are nocturnal, so you won’t see them during the day, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t around. It’s no surprise that some of the worst rodent infestations have involved yards where dog feces were left for weeks if not months at a time. It’s certainly something to consider if you’ve been guilty of letting your dog’s waste build up.
NOT A FERTILIZER
Another common misconception is that “dog poop is a fertilizer”. No, it’s NOT. Cow manure is, but not all poop is created equal. Dogs have a high protein based diet, which creates a very acidic excrement. Cow’s on the other hand…eat grass. The acidic dog waste is actually toxic to your lawn, eventually causing burns and unsightly discoloring.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), a Zoonotic Disease is a disease spread between animals and people. These diseases can be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. Guess where some of these Zoonotic Diseases can be found? You guessed it, in your dog’s poop. Activities such as playing in the grass, gardening, walking barefoot, or sports, could expose you to these zoonotic diseases carried in dog poop. So clean it up, or better yet, let SCOOPERS take care of it for you!
At SCOOPERS, “We Do the Doo-Doo” so you don’t have to. To learn more about our local services, call (844) 997-2667!