Dog Poop Facts
As a dog owner, you’ve surely encountered dog poop many times in the past – and you don’t need to be an expert to know that it isn’t the most pleasant substance! With that said, many people are unfamiliar with the facts about dog poop – about the risks of leaving it present, the impact it has on the wider world, and the way that it affects dog behavior. At Pet Poo Disposal, we have been in this industry for a very long time, so we know what it takes to provide the best possible dog waste removal service. Part of what makes us so effective is that we have a firm grasp on what we’re dealing with, we have the facts. Below, you can learn four essential facts about dog poop that might change how you think about such matters.
If it feels like your dog poops a lot, you’re not alone – a lot of people feel that way. Even so, when you break the numbers down and look at the facts, many people are still surprised by the volume of poop that a dog produces, on average, on a yearly basis. A typical dog produces around 274 pounds of waste each year, and when you consider that there are in excess of 78 million dogs in the United States, that means that more than 10 million tons of dog poop is produced on an annual basis – that’s no small number!
People are aware that dog poop is a nasty sight in a yard or a park, and some people are also aware of the serious impacts that dog poop can have on peoples’ health, but there are, perhaps, fewer people who realize that dog poop can have a significant negative impact on the wider natural environment. Studies have proven that dog poop is a major contaminant in water supplies, largely because of negligent dog owners who will not pick up after their pet.
Dog poop isn’t something you’ll want to ever be near – it’s packed full of harmful contaminants and bacteria that can cause severe health conditions. A single gram of dog waste is home to more than 23 million fecal coliform bacteria – that’s more than double the rate of human waste – and that’s not all. Dog waste is also a typical carrier of things like heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, giardia, salmonella, and parvovirus – all things that you want to stay well away from!
Not a Fertilizer
Some people think that dog waste is a potential fertilizer for their yard, so it doesn’t matter if it’s left out untreated – but that’s not true at all. The acidic nature of dog poop means that it will actually cause considerable harm to your yard if it’s allowed to stay in place for any significant period of time. To keep your yard in the best possible condition, you need to make sure that any dog poop is removed before it causes serious damage.