Dog Poop Facts

The Dangers of Dog Poop

The number one comment we hear about dog poop is “Doesn’t it help fertilize my grass?” Unfortunately, no. It’s actually harmful!

1. Dog poop is NOT a good fertilizer. It’s actually very harmful and toxic to your lawn! High nutrient concentration in dog poop burns and discolors grass, creating unsightly “hot spots”. 

2. Even if you don’t live near water, un-scooped poop from your yard is carried by overland water flow and/or is washed into storm drains, ending up in far away streams, rivers and ground water. Dog feces is as high as 3rd on the list of contributors to 
contaminated water. 

3. Pet waste teams up with E. Coli and other harmful bacteria including fecal coliform bacteria, which causes serious kidney disorders, intestinal illness, cramps and diarrhea in humans.(There are 23 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste!) Don’t take a chance with your family. Keep your yard clean!

4. Nearly two decades ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella. When infected dog poop comes into contact with your lawn, the poop will eventually “disappear”, but the parasite eggs can linger for years! When a human or animal comes into contact with that soil through everyday activities like walking barefoot, gardening or playing, they risk infection from those eggs … even years after the poop is gone.

Dog poop doesn’t just “wash away” or disappear. So if you’re not disposing of your dog’s waste, you’re putting yourself, your family, your dog and your water supply at risk.

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