Forty percent of dog owners don’t pick up after their dogs, so why should you?
The average dog produces ¾ pound a poop a day X 83 million dogs in America = 10.6 million tons of dog crap each year.
Watch my speech on this topic that won me second place at the Daniel Wright Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest.
As an environmental consultant specializing in testing water quality of lakes and streams, dog poop (or any warm-blooded animal poop for that matter—soiled baby diapers, goose droppings, etc.) that washes into a lake or stream is a major contaminant.
Dog poop can cause:
- Elevated bacteria levels in lakes, ponds, and streams, causing stomach upset if ingested. Public swimming beaches are tested for E. coli bacteria during the swimming season, but testing is infrequent, spotty, and the results inconsistent.
- One poopy baby diaper can close a swimming beach.
- Bacteria levels escalate after a heavy rain then drop within a day as they follow a boom and bust cycle. Don’t go swimming within 24 hours of a heavy storm. The current laboratory methods don’t have the test results until a day later. In the meantime, your family could be swimming in contaminated water.
- Nutrients from dog droppings can increase algae growth in lakes.
- Parasites like giardia and cryptosporidium. Giardia causes intestinal cramping and severe explosive diarrhea for several WEEKS.
Dog poop on your lawn can cause:
- Parasites such as worms that can get your family sick by walking barefoot in the grass where your dog went.
- Some diseases can transfer from animals to people; these include Salmonellosis, hookworms, ringworms, as well as infections from Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter, and Giardia.
If people only knew how bad dog poop is for the environment and for their families, many more would comply.
Education is critical.
So will you pick up your dog’s poop?