Reasons Why You Should Clean Up After Your Dog

Here are some important reasons why you should pick up your pet’s waste:

  • It’s ugly
  • It smells
  • It’s messy
  • It’s the right thing to do
  • It pollutes the environment
  • It attracts pests and parasites
  • It contaminates water (rivers, streams, lakes and our oceans)
  • Bacteria in waste can endanger humans, pets, wildlife, birdlife and marine life
  • It’s high in nitrogen and phosphorus which promote weed and algae growth in water

Diseases Associated with Animal Faeces

Several diseases can be transmitted from dogs to humans via faeces.

  • E. coli
  • Giardia
  • Coccidia
  • Parvovirus
  • Salmonella
  • Toxocariasis
  • Canine coronavirus
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Campylobacter
  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms

One gram of dog waste can contain up to 23 million faecal coliform bacteria.

Tips for Picking Up & Discarding Pet Waste

  • Buy dog waste bags
  • Pay attention to when your dog has to go and be ready
  • Install a backyard composter/digester created for pet waste
  • Pick up one extra dog poop that doesn’t belong to your dog
  • Take extra bags and offer them to pet parents who fail to pick up their pet’s waste
  • Encourage others to clean up after their pets with a sign and free bags outside your home
  • Find out if there’s a company in your area that picks up and properly disposes of pet waste
  • Don’t go for doggy walks without a way to remove waste from the environment
  • Don’t use compost in your garden that contains pet waste

Also find out what your municipality expects of you, for example:

City of Cape Town: Animal By-law, 2011, Chapter 2 – Dogs, Section 11

Removal of excrement

  1. If any dog defecates in any public street, public place or public road, any person in control of such dog, excluding a person assisted by a guide dog, shall forthwith remove the excrement, place it in a plastic or paper bag or wrapper and dispose of it in a receptacle provided for the deposit of litter or refuse, excluding a person who is assisted by a guide dog.
  2. No person shall walk a dog, other than a guide dog, in a public street, public place or public road, without carrying a sufficient number of plastic or paper bags or wrappers, within which to place the excrement of the dog, in the event of the dog defecating.

DID YOU KNOW? 1 to 7 April is International Pooper Scooper Week!

In 2008, the first week of April was declared International Pooper Scooper Week. Its purpose is to spread awareness of a rising problem and educate pet parents on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. #PooperScooper Week

Do Your Part as Pet Parent

From 1 to 7 April AND BEYOND, let’s commit to being better pooch parents by picking up and discarding waste properly.

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