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FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY
The Scoop on Poop
Top Five Reasons to
Clean up Pet Waste
Dealing with pet waste is something all pet owners must do, but few
ever really discuss. The majority of pet problems in neighborhoods
result from the inappropriate handling of pet waste. Additionally, pet
waste is the greatest source of health risk for your family and your
1. Disease Control
There are several very common
diseases that can be
transmitted to dogs, cats and people through feces. These include
giardia, roundworms, salmonella and E-Coli. In addition, your dog can
contract and spread parvovirus or coronavirus through infected fecal
matter. All of these diseases are very common and very serious and
every effort should be made to keep pets and family members away from
potentially infected feces.
One of the simplest methods to
dispose of feces is the
installation of an in-ground stool digester. These digesters work like
a septic system, safely breaking down feces and allowing the residue to
harmlessly sink into the surrounding soil.
2. Make your Yard more Useable
No one likes to walk through a
yard with "landmines"
lurking in the grass. If you and your family are afraid to use your
yard because of the dog, then you are wasting one of your biggest time
and financial investments. Additionally, your pets will get less
interactive exercise and suffer as well. "Scooping" off your yard once
or twice a day with a shovel or "pooper scooper" will only take a few
minutes and it helps make your yard a place where everyone can enjoy
3. Fly and Pest Control
Flies consume and lay eggs in
feces. These same flies then
come into your house and spread disease as they pause on your counters
and food. That should be gross enough to motivate anyone to clean up
after their pets.
4. Be Responsible
It is ultimately your
responsibility to clean up after your
pet, both outside of your yard, and inside your yard. One of the most
annoying things to neighbors is a dog that "goes" in their yard. Pet
owners need to clean up after their dogs every time they go to the
bathroom. No exceptions, no excuses. If you are walking in the woods
and your dog goes, clean it up. If you are in a neighborhood or a park,
clean it up. If you live somewhere without a yard, walk your dog and
make it your responsibility to pick up after your pets.
5. Poop du Jour
Most of us think this doesn't
apply to our dogs, but the
shocking truth is that most dogs will engage is stool eating at some
point in their life. Dogs started as carnivore scavengers and feces
were considered fair game in lean times. To prevent this occasional
indiscretion from becoming a life-long habit, clean up feces as soon as
possible, especially with a young dog where stool eating is more
prevalent. At the first sign of this habit, add an oral product to your
dog's food to decrease the palatability of the stools.
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