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 Feces

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

  • Giardia
  • Parvovirus
  • Salmonella
  • Canine coronavirus
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Campylobacter
  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms

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

How to Pick Up & Discard Waste

There are various ways to deal with waste, so it’s best to confirm what your municipality expects of you, for example:

  • VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Deposit it in a suitable refuse container.
  • CALGARY, ALBERTA: Package into securely tied double plastic garbage bags and place inside your containers for collection.
  • EDMONTON, ALBERTA: Collect in a plastic bag and throw in the garbage.
  • WINNIPEG, MANITOBA: Put small amounts of pet waste in tightly sealed bags together with household garbage.
  • OTTAWA, ONTARIO: Flush it down the toilet / wrap it in absorbent paper and place it in a sealed, leak-proof bag with regular garbage, in quantities of less than 11% by volume of the total garbage bag/can.
  • GUELPH, ONTARIO: Property owners are responsible for the removal and sanitary disposal of any excrement.
  • HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA: Flush it down the toilet or double bag and dispose with regular garbage collection.
  • TORONTO, ONTARIO: Pet waste (in any type of plastic bag) is accepted in Toronto’s green bin.

Other options include:

  • Get a backyard composter / digester (if it’s allowed)
  • Find out if there’s a company in your area that picks up and properly disposes of pet waste.

What NOT to Do

  • DON’T compost pet waste as it’s not safe
  • DON’T use compost that contains pet waste
  • DON’T go for doggy walks without a way to remove waste from the environment

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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