Pick Up After Your Dog
Would you like to swim in a pool surrounded by dog poop? No? Come on, a little dog poop does not hurt, does it? Not only is it yucky, it can make us and other animals sick. There are all sorts of nasty bacteria and worms in dog poop. Many of these are so small you canít even see them without a microscope.
Lucky for us, dogs donít like to poop in the water. The bad news is that lots of poop still ends up in our streams and waters because when dogs poop on the grass, rain washes the poop down into the street then down the storm drain. And those storm drains lead right down into our streams and bayous.
So next time you take your dog for a walk, take a bag with you to pick up their poop. Your neighbours will love you for it, and you help keep the water safe for fishing and swimming.
Adenovirus, parvovirus, giardia, coccidia, roundworm, and tapeworm
These are just a start of the long list of bad bugs and worms that can make us sick when we are exposed to pet waste (USA Today, 2002).Escherichia coli at 10,000◊ magnification Photo by Eric Erbe
Dog Poop Leads to Nutrient Pollution
Large amounts of dog poop washed into storm drains isnít a good thing. Dog poop is full of nitrogen, a nutrient that stimulates the growth of algae and weeds in the water that can kill fish. Find more about nutrient pollution (EPA Factsheet).Fish Kill from Karenia Brevis - Photo: Alison Robertson, Ph. D.
Things You Can Do
Bring a Bag
Use biodegradable bags to pick up pet waste. You can even keep the bags wrapped on your leash. Pick up the poop, tie up the bag, then throw the bag in a trash can.Gorilla Supply EPI Pet Poop Bags from Amazon
Reuse Shopping Bags
Shopping bags, bread bags, and those bags that the newspaper is delivered in make great poop bags.
Toss the Bag
Remember to throw the bag in a trash!
Flush Dog Poop Down the Toilet
Throw Dog Poop down the toilet (but donít flush the bag!)
Talk About Your Dog
Talk about your dog and dog poo in school as assignment or at church and Sunday School.
Get Bag Dispensers At School and Your Neighborhood
Ask your parents and teachers to help you set up a dog poop bag program at your school. If your school already has bag stations, volunteer to keep them filled.