Cleaning up after your dog’s poo is one of the challenges that every dog owner is acquainted with. It is not the most enjoyable chore, let’s admit it. The constant struggle to keep up with your dog's dropping can be such a pain- the dog being a big eater or not.
In this article, we will discuss the reasons why dog poop should be cleaned up and why it is vital to perform this task.
It can be quite the eyesore- and smelly too.
Dog poop, when unattended to, makes the environment look untidy. In some cases, can be smeared all over the wrong places in or around the home, dog park, or walkway. This can be quite the eyesore. Moreover, although dog poo mostly gives off a mild odour, it is not unusual for some to give off stronger, more disturbing odours. This can be quite unpleasant to bear.
It is toxic.
Dog poop is regarded as toxic waste; containing nutrient and pathogenic pollutants. If it is drained into water bodies (due to poor, unhygienic disposal), It causes the overgrowth of algae. This disturbs the ecosystem that lies within and leads to the death of aquatic life. It is so toxic that dog poop from a hundred dogs for three days, can contaminate a bay bad enough to render it unsafe for aquatic life- and swimming too.
It can cause diseases
Dog poop has been shown to harbour many harmful pathogens and parasites that can cause diseases in both dogs and humans. Notable among these include E. coli, Salmonella, and, the eggs of roundworms, hookworm, among others. E. coli is known to cause intestinal problems, constipation, and, even urinary tract infections. Salmonella is known to cause gastroenteritis in humans and dogs. Roundworms and hookworms are nasty parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts and progressively diminish their vitality. The dog roundworm causes toxocariasis.
Humans and dogs are at risk of contracting these illnesses when domestic water or food is exposed to, and contaminated by these organisms. This happens when dog poo lingers in the open long enough for foreign contact to occur. Children and dogs are usually the major culprits. This unhygienic practice gets the infected stuck in vicious cycles of treatment and recurrent infections. The patients, human or dog, get treated, only to come back to the same disease-causing environment and become infected, over and over again.
It causes air pollution
Dog poop does not just pollute water or land. Some of the pathogens in dog poo can linger in the air and cause air pollution. Some studies have shown that as much as one-third of bacteria that linger in the air in some areas are attributed to dog poo. This implies that the potentially harmful effects of these micro-organisms could occur within a wider area.
Conclusively, It is necessary that dog owners embrace timely, efficient, and effective disposal practices for dog waste, to lead healthy lifestyles and keep the environment pollution-free. One of the common practices includes flushing dog poop down the toilet. This is regarded as the most environmentally safe method of disposal.
Others include bagging, adding it to compost, and so on. Proper grooming of your dog is also important. This is because there may be occasional smearing of faecal matter, perhaps due to the consistency of the faecal matter or the density of the dog’s fur. This will also help curb the spread of dog poo by the dogs themselves.
We will be happy to hear from you about the various steps you have been taking so far to clean up your dog’s poop and what you have learned from this article.