The Scoop On Poop

| August 16, 2012

Cleaning dog poop is not always high on most people’s “to-do” list. However, your dog’s poop can be extremely harmful to you and your children, or to anyone else who hangs out in your back yard. We constantly hear myths and legends about dog waste, so I’m here to separate fact from fiction.

FICTION: Dog waste is a good fertilizer for my yard.
Wrong! Dog waste is toxic to your lawn. It will discolor or even burn your grass. This misconception confuses pet waste with cow manure, which could be beneficial to one’s lawn. Cow manure is good for lawns and gardens because it started out as a form of vegetation. Dogs are carnivores. Most dog foods today are composed of beef, chicken and/or pork. This creates a highly acidic waste product that is bad for your grass and can leave your backyard a mess. Contrary to popular opinion, not all poop is created equal.

FACT: Dog waste is terrible for the environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies pet waste as a dangerous pollutant which falls into the same category as toxic chemicals and oil. Yes, your dog’s poo is just as dangerous as those deadly gases.

FICTION: Dog waste will go away on its own.
Many dog owners think that dog poop will eventually fade into the ground and go away. Due to weather conditions, dog poo does clean itself up, but its lasting effects stay. Did you know that pet waste can spread parasites such as hookworms, ringworms and tapeworms, as well as the bacteria that causes Salmonella? Yes, the poop will disappear from your yard, but the parasite eggs can linger for years!

FACT: Not picking up waste results in fines and eviction.
Your neighbors don’t want to smell your dog’s poop, and they definitely don’t want to have those moments when they accidentally step in it. Your dog’s waste plays a large role in your community. When walking your dog, be sure to clean up after him. Remember, dog poop has tons of bacteria that may cause diseases, particularly in children.

Fortunately, there is help. If you don’t have time to clean waste from your yard or outside living space, there are many companies that will come and do it for you. Paws Pet Care is one! How does a “Poop-Scoop” service work? Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding our Poop

Scoop services:

How often do you clean my yard?
Whenever you wish! The most popular are the weekly and twice per week service. We also offer every other week, monthly and one-time cleanups.

Where do you clean?
We check the entire yard and remove any dog waste we come across. Basically, if a dog can poop there, we can go there and pick it up.

How do you clean my yard?
All waste is bagged and placed in your outside trash container, or, if you would rather, we can take it away.

Do I have to sign a long-term contract?
At Paws Pet Care we never require contracts.

Can I skip a day or suspend service for a while?
Yes! You will not be billed for days you want to skip, or for missed calls due to weather.

Can I choose just a one-time cleaning?
Of course! Whether you need to get ready for a party or to sell your house we can provide 1-time
only cleaning.

Give us a call at 502.802.5052 or email us at info@pawspetcareathome.com to chat about how we can help you keep your yard safe and clean, the rest of the summer and into the fall!

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About the Author (Author Profile)

Beth Green is a Louisville native and owns Paws Pet Care, a local award-winning pet sitting and dog walking company. She is a self-proclaimed “animaniac”. On a typical day you may find her caring for her fur-clients, spending time with her husband and three children, reading, writing, shopping or her two boxer-babies – Maddie and Riley – walking her around the block.

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