Personal Reasons to Scoop Your Dog’s Poop
According to the American Pet Products Association 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, there are approximately 78.2 million pet dogs in the United Sates. Let’s say that each of those pups produces an average of 1/2 lb of poop a day. This would mean that owned dogs in the US produce approximately 39.1 million pounds of waste every day-- about 14 billion pounds of dog poop every year! No matter how you spin it, one thing is for sure: that is a lot of poop.
Did you know that more than half of US dog owners do not clean the waste left behind after their dogs have relieved themselves? The excuses vary widely, but can include general squeamishness, apathy or laziness, or more legitimately issues with back pain or disabilities.
So why is un-scooped dog poop a problem? It’s been shown that dog excrement can cause underground water contamination, infects our streams and lakes and cause beach closure after a rainy day due to raised bacteria levels!
The government and local municipalities have been trying to address these problems by providing education, encouragement, issuing citations or even starting a lottery scheme . This hasn’t been enough to drastically improve the likelihood that owners would pick up after their pets… so here are the Top 10 Personal Reasons why you should scoop your doggy’s poop:
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A recent CDC study found 14 percent of Americans tested positive for roundworms.