Cut the Crap: It’s Your Doodie to Clean Up After Your Pet
In humans, exposure may cause fever, muscle aches, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and blindness. Will cause death to lawns. Low oxygen levels and blocked sunlight may occur in lakes and streams.
At this point, you may be asking yourself what this awful thing might be and if it is preventable. Yes, it is very preventable because it is decaying dog poop.
Let’s start with watersheds. If dog poop is left to absorb into the ground or wash into a lake or stream, as it breaks down it will provide nutrients to plants and algae. These plants and algae will take over the water body which can lead to low oxygen levels for other forms of life and low light levels for the native plants. Each pile of dog poop contains 23 million fecal coliform bacteria colonies, which is then being washed into an area in which people swim, play, and get their drinking water.
If your local watershed is not as obvious to you, and you mostly just leave dog poop when it is in your yard it is important to note that dog poop is lethal to lawns and gardens. Not to mention, the parasites in dog poop live in the soil for years after the poop seemingly disappears. This means that anyone who comes in contact with that particular location can end up with those same parasites that lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
When you garden, play lawn games, or somehow come into contact with soil that has parasites from pet waste those parasites have a chance of living on your hands. Once they are on your hands, simply rubbing your eye or eating food can lead to ingestion of these harmful parasites. Depending on what type of parasite it is you can end up with any number of zoonoses with awful symptoms.
Do yourself and the environment a favor, pick up your dog’s poop. It doesn’t disappear on it’s own. You can easily invest in poop bags and poop bag holders. If you don’t feel like this is a worthy expense you can oftentimes get them for free from local parks, humane society, or environmental organizations. Always remember the job is not done once the poop is in the bag. The bag then needs to end up in the trash can. If a trash can is not easily accessible, I recommend investing in a doggy backpack so you won’t have to carry it for miles or intend to pick it later and forget.
If you don’t have a dog, no problem! There’s plenty of dog poop that needs to be picked up. Just two weeks ago, a gentleman in South Lake Tahoe, California, picked up over 300 piles of poop from a dog beach. We can all be number one at picking up number two.