Archive for May, 2012

It’s not the most pleasant aspect of dog ownership, but cleaning up your dog’s feces is important for a number of reasons. There are plenty of easy ways to clean up after your dog and it only takes a few seconds, so please be a responsible and courteous dog owner!

Health Concerns

Leaving a dog’s feces outside presents potentially serious health concerns, both to your animals and to other animals in your neighborhood. Dog feces readily spread intestinal parasites, and when infested dogs ingest or step in their feces, reinfestation can occur. Plus, if your dog goes outside your yard, other animals are also at risk. In addition, bacterial and viral infections, including salmonella, parvovirus, and coronavirus, thrive on and spread via dog feces. Feces also attract flies, many of which irritate or bite pets.

Common Courtesy

Piles of dog feces are offensive to many people. Leaving feces behind makes the neighborhood, the park, the apartment complex grounds, or any site unappealing to others. The problems aren’t only visual; people can step in feces and carry it back to their car or home. Neighbors may even be able to smell feces left on your property, which can detract from their enjoyment of their own yards. Moreover, people who fail to clean up after their dogs are often responsible for the banning of dogs in certain locales. If you enjoy the privilege of taking your best furry friend along when you go out, please don’t jeopardize the privilege for yourself and others.

Ways to Clean Up

There are various implements for picking up dog feces. Many people use small shovel-like tools, but long-handled scoopers are available for the elderly and others who have difficulty bending down. If you don’t want to invest in a specially made item, slide a plastic baggie over your hand, pick up the feces, and then turn the bag inside-out as you remove it from your hand. If you don’t have the time or inclination to clean up feces in your yard, you may be able to find a local service that cleans up dog waste in yards for a fee. Find and use whatever method works best for you.

If you prefer to avoid the inconvenience of bringing along a tool and stopping on excursions, you may be able to train your dog to defecate prior to leaving. Keep two things in mind, though: not all dogs can learn to control their bowel movements, and you must always be prepared to clean up feces just in case, no matter how well trained your dog seems. At least carry a plastic baggie along when out with your dog.