It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.
Aside from being bad for your health it isn’t much better for your garden. Dog excrement does not make good fertilizer. It is actually toxic to your lawn, causing burns and unsightly discoloring. If you leave it in the streets, even if it does not end up on someone’s shoes, it will inevitably be washed away and more often than not ends up in the wrong places.
So clean up after Fido. The ideal is to flush it with your own in biodegradable bags. The runner-up option is tossing a biodegradable poop bag in the trash; composting dog poop is controversial, since its bacteria could make you sick if it’s spread on your veggie garden.
Source: Doody Calls
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