One of the few downsides of owning a dog is cleaning up after it. Because most dogs aren’t toilet trained and are prone to excreting in other people’s yards, it is NOT their responsibility to pick it up – it is up to the dog owner. Many dog owners believe that their waste is actually good for the environment and acts as a fertilizer, but these people are wrong; in fact, dog waste can actually harm your lawn with hideous coloring and could potentially cause burns.
Dog waste has actually been labeled as a pollutant and thought of in the same light as grease, acid drainage, and toxic chemicals. Dog waste contains loads and loads of bacteria which can eventually lead their way to humans causing an arsenal of symptoms including: cramping, intestinal issues, and kidney disease. I think it’s safe to say that dog waste is far from a beneficial substance.
Besides affecting humans, it can also affect other dogs. While catching something from dog feces is relatively uncommon, dogs are known to catch different types of worms, like heartworm, roundworm, tapeworm, whipworm, and hookworm. The latter of those can even become deadly. So know that every time you purposely leave your dog’s waste for someone else to clean up, you could be potentially affecting another dog out there with a fatal condition.
If you consider yourself a good Sumaritan than picking up dog waste should be something you avidly do when you spot it. If you spend lots of time in parks, you might want to carry around a dog scooper. If you should happen to witness someone let their dog unload in a public place, and purposely leave it, make sure you inform them about the risks that they’re causing to other dogs and people too. Those who can’t pick up after their own dog probably shouldn’t have a dog in the first place. It’s a common responsibility every dog owner is well aware of way before one actually becomes an owner.
Raising awareness about this issue is really the only way to approach a good solution. Many dog owners thing that because they own a very small dog that they won’t need to pick up after its mess, but these people are wrong. No matter what kind of dog you have, you need to always clean up after it. Again, failure to do so puts many dogs, and people, at risk.
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