Dog poop is a problem we deal with on a daily basis. But is it dangerous? How much do you know? Is pet waste a health hazard? I did some research to get you some real facts and give you a little quiz. (hey, it’s Saturday – why not kick the weekend off right?)You might even consider yourself somewhat of an “expert” on the subject.
Answer these “True” or “False” questions and find out how much you know about dog waste and the real scoop on poop. True or False?
- Dog poop makes good fertilizer.
- Dog waste is just as dangerous to the environment as toxic chemicals and oil spills.
- If you don’t live near a waterway, dog poop in your yard does not pollute the water.
- Unscooped dog poop can infect anyone who comes into contact with the soil it touches … even years later.
- Dog poop causes E. Coli in humans.
- Dog poop can cause blindness in humans.Now, let’s see how you did.
- False. Dog poop is NOT good fertilizer. It’s toxic to your lawn! The high nutrient concentration in dog poop will burn and discolor the grass, creating “hot spots”.
- True. 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.
- False. You may not live near water, but unscooped poop from your yard is carried by overland water flow or is washed into storm drains, ending up in far away streams, rivers and ground water.
- True. 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.
- True. Pet waste is teaming 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!)
- True. Dog poop often contains roundworm larvae, which cause blindness. If a human ingests a roundworm larva, it can migrate through the body causing disease to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, heart or eyes. So when people (especially children) touch soil, dog toys or anything that has been in contact with dog feces and then touch their mouths, they can become infected.
So, how did you do? Did you have any idea dog poop could be this dangerous? 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. So make a New Year’s resolution. Always scoop your dog’s poop.One last thing – I found a safe and simple way to clean up your yard. It’s an ingenious little invention called the Doggie Doo Drain. What a great idea! It lets you put your dog’s waste directly into your sewer line, where it can do no harm. It’s simple to use. Check it out. Go to: www.petproductadvisor.com/DoggieDooDrain