Picking up after the pooch: It is an important responsibility held by all pet owners, and not only because dog waste is a gross and unsightly mess. Doggie deposits are an environmental pollutant and a human health hazard. When left unattended, the waste is a detriment to local soil and water quality, and also presents a number of potential health dangers to families and their pets.
The longer dog doody stays on the ground, the greater a health risk it becomes. Bacteria, worms and other parasites thrive in unattended waste, eventually breaking down and entering the soil or washing into the water supply. Roundworm, for example, is one of the most common parasites found in dog doo and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil and water for years.
Although pooper scooper duty is never a particularly easy or enjoyable chore, during the autumn months the task becomes even more challenging. This is primarily due to falling leaves, which have a way of camouflaging Fido's droppings perfectly. But just because you can't see the waste doesn't mean it is not a problem.The most responsible action people can take for their family and community is to make sure their pets are picked up after in a timely fashion. Those who are too busy to deal with the mess should consider hiring a local pet waste removal service.