Dog Waste Facts Dog Owners Should Know From Palmetto Scoopers

  

1. The EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) places dog waste in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
2. There are approximately 50 million registered dogs in the U.S., and altogether they produce about 5,000 tons of waste daily. That’s up to 3.6 billion pounds of poop a year, or enough to fill 800 football fields one foot deep in poo!
3. Contrary to what many people believe, dog waste cannot be used as fertilizer.
4. Storm water carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways.
5. A pile of dog poop can take a year or more to fully breakdown. It won’t just wash away or disappear, and can pose a serious health risk to yourself and your family if not taken care of.
6. Dog waste can attract mice and other pests, and can become infested with harmful bacteria or parasites that can infect your pet.
7. A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria,as well as hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms, E.coli,and salmonella.
8. Accidentally ingesting pet waste (through a water supply, etc.) can cause serious kidney disorders, intestinal illnesses, cramps, and diarrhea in humans.

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