Can I use My Dog Poop For Fertilizer?

We all like to make an effort to be green, dog owners have longed considered using dog poop as Fertilizer. Unfortunately reusing dog poop as fertilizer leads to retinal diseases in children. In a paper written by an Extension Veterinarian and Extension Soil Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, they indicated “two major concerns to bring to your attention: Public Health Aspect, Fertilizer Values.”
Cattle manure is considered the standard fertilizer, the vet and scientist compared dog poop with cattle manure to determine it’s potential application to lawns and gardens. They determined that dog poop has 2- 1/2 times as much nitrogen and half as much potash as cattle poop, meaning dog poop won’t provide the same fertilizing as cow manure.
The other concern reported by experts is the potential health concerns of the people exposed to the dog poop. They stated “both dog and cat manure may contain organisms that cause human health problems.” The most common hazard in dog poop is “large roundworms, called Toxocara canis.”
What kind of symptoms would a person have who is infected by dog worms?
1) A condition called Visceral Larval Migrans. the ascarid eggs hatch in a person’s small intestine. The little worms or larvae get into the blood stream and float to the liver and get into the blood stream that goes to the lungs. Some may enter the general circulation and end up in different parts of the body. They have been found in the human heart, brain, spinal cord, skin, and other tissues. The symptoms would vary depending on where the larvae become attached.
2) Another conditionis called Ocular Larval Migrans. The immature ascarid worms or larvae can effect the human eye. The larvae attack the retinal and cause blindness. Many eyes of children have had to be removed which until recently was the only treatment for this problem.
In a pediatric hospital 37% of all the retinal diseases of children’s eye were positive for dog ascarid larvae. This is definitely a potential human health hazard.
They also considered the benefit of composting the manure to sterilize it but determined that, in order to sterilize the poop the compost heat temperature would need to exceed 165F for almost a week and “backyard compost heaps rarely reach this temperature, and the outer several inches never do.”
These results led the Vet and soil Scientist to conclude.
There are many sites online that will tell you how to compost dog poop for fertilizer. Reflect on the fact that using dog poop as fertilizer leads to retinal diseases in children and if you still want to move forward, please pay particular attention to the Soil Scientist’s statement about needing to reach 165F for at least five days. An alternative is to eliminate your dogs poop and mantain a green home!

The health hazards associated with Cat and Dog Poop are greater than the potential benefit from it’s fertilizer value. Cat and Dog poop should be disposed of by flushing it down the toilet in ends up in or water supply.
You can bury it deep into the soil(six inches or more) or place in tight plastic bags for the garbage collection.
I recommend you let the proffesionals come scoop the poop, clean your cat boxes, and remove the poop from your home. That’s the safest!
We will keep your yard GREEN and POOP free. We will pick up all dog poop and remove the dog waste from your property!
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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.

Why Should You Get Your Poop Scooped?


You should scoop your dogs poop or have an poop scooper because your Storm water drains carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways. Also animal waste adds nitrogen to the water. Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife and fish. Dog poop may contain harmful organisms such as Giardia, Salmonella and E. coli that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water. Dog poop may contain Roundworms and Hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and be transmitted to other animals and humans. Most urban and suburban areas require you to pick up after your pet. Even if there is no restriction, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do. Join the growing number of responsible and courteous pet owners may encourage hotel managers to accept pets when you are traveling and help keep fees to a minimum.
No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into homes, cars and businesses. Having an Poop Scooping service visit on a weekly ,bi-weekly or twice a week basis and cleaning up your dog poop will help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. It’s easy to clean up dog poop when walking your pet by carrying plastic baggies and paper towels in your pocket. The baggies can be secured and thrown away an dog poop waste receptacle and if your neighborhood don’t have one you can contact Palmetto Scoopers for pricing to help keep your neighborhood clean and safe. Also I’m sure your neighbors will appreciate the gesture of picking up your dog poop when walking them in your neighborhood.

Why Choose Palmetto Scoopers

We are a locally owned and operated company, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and professional staff. Your satisfaction is our first priority, and we will always make sure to do a quick and thorough job so that your home is as clean and safe as possible!
Hiring Palmetto Scoopers means that you won’t have to deal with the hassle of cleaning up after your beloved furry companions. And not only that, but you’ll be making the environmentally friendly choice: we always take care to dispose of pet waste properly to avoid the spread of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens into waterways, or other areas where they may cause harm.
Additionally, we donate a portion of all our profits to local rescue organizations and animal shelters. We care just as passionately about your pets as you do, and want to make sure that every animal has a chance to find their forever home!
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What We Do

Everyone loves owning pets, but no one really likes cleaning up dog poop. Luckily, Palmetto Scoopers is here to help out with those less-pleasant tasks so that you have more time to enjoy playing with your furry friends! Palmetto Scoopers provides fast, efficient, and effective pet waste management at affordable prices. We help keep your yard clean, environmentally safe, and family/visitor friendly!
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