Is Dog Poo Bad For Your Yard?

Yes, aside from getting stuck to the bottom of our shoes, dog poo can also have adverse effects on your yard, grass, and vegetation.

Why Dog Poop is Bad for your Yard:

What follows is 4 reasons why dog poop is bad for your yard and why you should pick it up as soon as you notice it.

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Your Dog is Different Than a Cow

Unlike cow manure, dog feces isn’t a good fertilizer for your yard.  Not only is it not a good fertilizer, but it’s also actually bad for your lawn.

Although the Nitrogen in an animal’s poo can be great for fertilizing your lawn, when ole’ Fido drops a deuce in your Dandelions, the Nitrogen concentration is more than vegetation and flowers can handle.

One of the byproducts of your dog’s diet is a highly-acidic waste.  This waste is toxic to your lawn and makes your soil’s acidity spike.

This Nitrogen binge will cause brown spots on your lawn that could worsen with a dry-spell or long period without rain.

Dog poo is more harmful than you may think. Beyond an unsightly lawn, dog poop has both The EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) and The CDC (The Center for Disease Control) concerned.

Dog poop doesn’t just kill your grass

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Once you let them back inside your house, they can carry that fecal matter inside where it can get into your furniture, floors, and carpets.

When pet waste and dog poop aren’t correctly disposed of, your health can be at risk too.

That’s why it’s best to clean up your dog’s poo right away.

Dog Poo carries diseases and pathogens

Dog feces is one of the most common carriers of diseases and pathogens such as:

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- Toxocariasis - Toxoplasmosis - Whipworms – Hookworms – Roundworms – Tapeworms – Parvo – Corona – Giardiasis – Salmonellosis – Cryptosporidiosis – Campylobacteriosis

It’s been estimated that a gram of dog poop can contain up to  23 million fecal coliform bacteria. Some of which can cause:

– Diarrhea – Cramps – Intestinal Illness – Rashes – Ear Infections – Flu-like Symptoms – Vomiting – Vision Loss – Severe Kidney Disorders

Additionally, the CDC is concerned about the safety of children and pregnant women exposed to pet waste, as they are more susceptible to harm by some of these diseases.

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Dog Waste is harmful to waterways like rivers and lakes

Studies have shown dog poop is a significant contributor to the fecal contamination of surface waters.

It can also affect the natural acidic/alkaline (pH) balance of the waterway and cause horrible odors.

Dog feces and associated bacteria can also affect recreational activities like fishing, boating, swimming, and canoeing because of human health threats.

Here’s how:

People playing in or near water can become exposed to fecal bacteria or pathogens which enter the body through: Mucous membranes Minor cuts Abrasions Ingesting or swallowing water

What you can do to help mitigate the effects of dog poo

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One of the best things you can do is remove dog poop from your yard right away.

When you walk your dog, carry a pooper scooper and a poop bag.  You can get plastic bags created solely for the purpose of picking up dog poop.  Or, you can just use a plastic grocery bag.

Dispose of it in the trash just like you would any other piece of garbage – it’s one of the healthiest things you can do for your yard, your dog, and yourself.

If you have a garden where there will be any produce or vegetables that humans will eat, be sure to keep it far away from your dogs (or vice-versa.)

Don’t use dog waste for compost or fertilizer on gardens, flowers, or plants.  Remember the concentrations of Nitrogen being too high?

Conclusion

Our dogs bring us joy, protect our homes, and enrich our lives.

When it comes to keeping our lawn and family healthy, we need to deal with the poo-poo.

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