By Dr. Claire
We know we need to do it. But do we know just how important it really is? I’m not even talking about just picking up after your pet specifically, I’m talking about picking any pet poop you see! Unfortunately cleaning up after your pet is largely voluntary and when no-one is looking, people can get a little lazy. All this waste that isn’t picked up causes problems locally and also ends up in our waterways.
Here are 5 reasons to share if anyone is in any doubt how important it is to scoop the poop:
- Happy Community. The smell of poo alone is offensive, and finding you’ve stepped in it, even worse. If it’s all picked up then there’s less smell and cleaner shoes, so neighbours and locals are happier.
- Reduce Disease Transmission. Poo is responsible for the spread of worms, bacteria and giardia not only to other pets, but to humans as well.
- Monitor Health. If the eyes are a window to the soul then the poop is a window to internal health! The amount that’s passed, its consistency and its colour can actually tell us a lot about our mate’s general health, and is a great indicator of underlying problems affecting the gut. In short, it should be easy to pick up, passed regularly and have no blood or mucous attached.
- Aid Fly control. Flies love dog poo and will happily breed quickly in it. Removing poo is removing breeding areas for flies, and helping control their population numbers.
- Improved Pet Rights. Responsible pet owners and cleaner environments mean that we also can argue for more rights and more access for our pets in the community. Think more dog parks, dog beach areas, hotel/cafe access etc.
So next time you’re doing your responsible poop scooping why not do a quick scan around and pick up anyone else’s that you see as well. What a way to look after each other as well as the greater good.
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