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Dog waste is raw sewage, NOT fertilizer. Harmful organisms from dog poop transmit readily to children and adults and can survive for months on the ground. Just one week of accumulated dog poop can host 700 BILLION bacteria. Mowing just spreads the contamination everywhere. Get the facts in this video (at right) demonstration and sign up for a FREE WEEK.

WATCH VIDEO: Is your yard incubating toxic waste?

Germs from dog poop live for weeks and can infect children.Millions of people in America grew up thinking dog waste was basically good for plants. Alas, scientists have discovered it was all wishful thinking. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Emerging in the 1990s, technical advances in DNA testing enabled scientists to begin to trace the origin of fecal matter in lakes and streams… and behold, the culprit wasn’t any of us, but poor old Rover.

The modern backyard with a little patch of grass next to the swimming pool is a lousy sewage treatment facility. Nor does composting kill the smorgasbord of harmful pathogens in dog waste. Bacteria and viruses can thrive and live on to re-attack humans and pets. Fecal coliform bacteria are just one of a whole suite of pathogens that can live in a compost pile.

Major cause of pollution

If you thought China, Peru or Russia was polluted, perhaps you should first check your backyard. With 1.2 million dogs in North Central Texas, that’s the sewage equivalent of a city the size of Dallas with no toilets. Local dogs produce some 900,000 pounds of sewage per day, much of it contaminating the environment, especially groundwater, area lakes and the Trinity River.

Storm water carries bacteria from dog waste into lakes and streams through storm drains.

Leaving sewage in your backyard is going the way of blood letting and other not so smart practices held over from more primitive times. A waste treatment facility or landfill is set up to contain fecal matter. Your backyard is not.

On your grass, in your carpet and on your feet

Harmful organisms that can be transmitted from pet waste to children and adults can persist for on the ground for weeks. Fecal coliform and other bacteria found in dog waste can make people sick, leading to breathing problems, diarrhea, blindness and worse. Some of the diseases that can be spread to humans from pet waste include,

  • Campylobacteriosis (a bacterial infection frequently causing diarrhea in humans)
  • Salmonellosis (the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans -- symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea)
  • Toxocarisis (roundworms transmitted from animals to humans. Symptoms include vision loss, rash, fever, or cough)
  • Fecal coliform causes dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid fever and ear infections
  • Roundworm, giardiasis, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis and cryptosporidiosis
  • Cysticerosis which is a disease of humans involving larval tapeworms in the human body

When you consider how many children go barefoot and play in the grass, the awareness of “poop” it’s impossible to think of poop in any benign way. The facts of sewage are blatantly unhealthy.

DNA Fingerprinting

fingerprintFor the first time in history, the environmental impact of dog waste has been fully identified thanks to the new technique of DNA fingerprinting. Scientists are now able to utilize this process to match waterborne bacteria to specific animal sources, including humans and pets. Due to the high popularity of keeping dogs as pets in urban areas, this forensic process uncovered dog waste as a significant contributor of harmful bacteria in our waterways. In some areas of the country, it is the fourth leading cause of water pollution.

Reasons to Scoop

  • Dog waste is NOT fertilizer. 
  • Dog waste is 100% toxic and has zero commercial value.
  • Dog waste contains 20 million germs per gram (1 gram = 1 kernel of corn).
  • Mowing dog waste contaminates your entire yard with trillions of live bacteria.
  • Parasites, germs, bacteria, pathogens & viruses in dog waste are harmful to humans.
  • Fecal bacteria stick to the bottoms of shoes and transfer readily to clean floors.
  • Fecal organisms can infect children, adults and other animals.
  • Roundworms and hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and can be transmitted to humans.
  • Storm water carries pet waste and bacteria directly into waterways.
  • Animal waste depletes the oxygen in the water and kills fish.
  • DFW's 1.2 million dogs deposit 900,000 lbs of toxic waste on the ground each day.

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