It's National Scoop the Poop Week
Have you ever stopped to consider how your dog's waste may affect our environment?
Think about this, your dog relieves itself at least once per day and at just one load per day, your dog is producing 365 loads of poop each year. Based on that information, if 1,000 dogs live in your neighborhood there would be 365,000 piles of dog waste in one year!!
Dog waste and human waste contain the same bacteria. We use toilets and sewage systems to protect our drinking water and the environment. When we don't pick up after our dogs, the poop left on the ground runs off into streams, lakes, and canals which, in return, affect our quality of water.
Disease is another important reason to scoop the poop. E.coli, roundworms, and hookworms are just a few diseases that are transmittable to humans. If a child touches something that has had contact with feces and then puts their hand in their mouth she can contract the disease. Gross!!
Look what they came up with at University Lake in Alaska:
So scoop your dog's poop this week and every week and we can help our world out a little!