Cleaning up waste is one aspect of caring for a pet that owners are required to deal with. It may be something that you really do not look forward to; however, it is your responsibility. One must understand the majority of community and neighborhood pet problems result from insufficient or inappropriate maintenance of pet waste. Besides the obvious unpleasant sight and odor, waste deposits also offer a number of other problems for the community. Proper handling can help avoid such situations.
There are several common diseases that can be transmitted to people and pets alike through feces, such as Giardia, roundworms, hookworms, Salmonella and E. coli. These can be spread in astounding numbers. A heavily-infected dog can pass over one million roundworm eggs everyday. These commonly-occurring diseases are very serious. Pet owners should be aware of their harmful potential and should do everything to keep their families and pets from becoming infected. One way to dispose of pet waste is to install an in-ground stool digester, which acts like a mini septic system.
Make Your Yard More Usable
Proper disposal of pet waste also will save you the hassle of walking through your yard and looking like you're dodging land mines in enemy territory. You also should keep up on this because your lawn can be a large financial investment in relation to the value of your property, and it also can cause considerable aggravation trying to restore it to its original healthy, green state. Dodging the deposits also will take exercise away from your dog. Scooping should be done once or twice a day, so things don’t get out of hand.
Feces will attract flies that will lay eggs and reproduce quickly. These same flies will make their way into your home, where they spread disease as they stop to rest on your kitchen counter, food and other places you don’t really want to think about. Regular cleaning can prevent this cycle.
Responsibility as an Owner
It is important to remember that your responsibility doesn’t end once your dog leaves your yard. Having your dog parade around town leaving a trail of poo will really aggravate your neighbors. Pet owners need to clean up after their dogs every time, no matter where it is. Don’t make your responsibility someone else’s problem.
Potential Dog Snack?
Although most owners think that this doesn’t apply to their pet, the truth is that most dogs will actually eat feces at some point in their life. This is because through their evolution as scavengers, feces were left as somewhat of a food source when there were no other options. Cleanups should occur regularly to keep this gross practice from becoming a habit.