It is very important that we, as responsible pet owners, pick up after our pet whether in the yard or on a walk. See our article on “Pet Waste and the Environment” to learn more about the toxic effects pet waste can give off.
The common misconception
What is most commonly misconceived is the idea that dog waste can be used as a natural fertilizer for gardening. Wrong! In fact the truth is quite the opposite. Dog waste that is left on the ground can harm the soil around it, which can kill your grass, plants, and make it dangerous for both humans and pets. It is true that cow and horse manure is commonly used in farming as soil enhancers, but dog waste can contain very different byproducts. While cows and horses are herbivores, dogs have a high amount of protein in their diet which causes their stool to be highly acidic.
Dog waste can contain a great amount of bacteria
Typically, dog waste contains a great deal of bacteria even if coming from a healthy dog. Anything from ringworm, roundworm, salmonella and giardia are commonly found in dog feces and are easily transferable to both humans and dogs upon contact. This bacteria, in a typical yard will retain that bacteria, as well as any soil or water it touches, from weeks to even years.
The CDC found that approximately 13.9% of the U.S. population has tested positive to Toxocara (roundworms).
Why composting doesn’t work
Composting is a natural process to that breaks down organic waste to then be used as a nutrient source for plants. Another misconception is that pet waste can be added to their designated pile or compost area and then expect it to decompose over time. For those that have tried this will notice that after a long period of time – the pile is still there. Not only will your “poo pile” stick around for a lot longer than you want it to, but the parasites it may contain will not be killed off in this fashion. The pet waste actually needs to reach a temperature of at least 165°F for at least 5 days to safely rid the byproduct of any parasites. Although seemingly impossible, it may be done, but needs to be conducted in a very controlled environment. Even then, it is recommended to avoid using the composted waste with any edible plants that you wish to grow.
How to properly dispose of pet waste
The safest way to dispose of pet waste is to bag it and trash it. In fact, double bagging it is even better to protect garbage workers from any potential exposure to the bacteria. Pet Poo Skiddoo offers services for weekly, biweekly, and monthly scoops to ensure your pet’s waste is being properly disposed of to keep your family happy, healthy, and safe.