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May 13 2024

Is Dog Waste Fertilizer? Debunking Common Myths

Dead fish floating in an algae bloom

As responsible pet owners, we often wonder about the environmental impact of our furry friends, including what happens to their waste. One common question that arises is whether dog waste can be used as fertilizer. Let's delve into this topic and debunk some common myths surrounding dog waste as fertilizer.


The Myth: Dog Waste is Safe and Effective Fertilizer

It's a widely held belief that dog waste can be used as fertilizer due to its organic nature. While it's true that dog waste contains organic matter like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are essential nutrients for plants, using it as fertilizer is not recommended for several reasons.


1. Health Risks

Unlike composted animal manure from herbivores like cows or horses, dog waste contains harmful bacteria and pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, and parasites like roundworms and hookworms, among others. These pathogens can pose serious health risks to humans and other animals if not properly handled and disposed of.


2. Environmental Contamination

The EPA classifies dog waste as a pollutant.  When dog waste is left on the ground or washed into water bodies through rainwater runoff, it can contaminate soil and water sources. The excess nutrients in dog waste, when not properly managed, can lead to water pollution and contribute to the growth of harmful algae blooms in lakes and ponds.


3. Ineffectiveness as Fertilizer

While dog waste does contain nutrients that plants need, it is not balanced for optimal plant growth. Unlike composted manure, which undergoes a natural decomposition process that reduces pathogens and creates a nutrient-rich soil amendment, dog waste does not break down in the same way and can actually harm plants if applied directly.


So, What Should You Do With Dog Waste?


Bag and Dispose: The most responsible way to handle dog waste is to bag it and dispose of it in the trash. Use biodegradable bags whenever possible to reduce environmental impact.


Composting (with Caution): If you're determined to compost dog waste, it's crucial to use a dedicated, closed composting system designed to reach high temperatures (above 140°F or 60°C) to kill pathogens. Do not use composted dog waste on edible plants.


Professional Disposal: Consider hiring a professional pet waste removal service, like They Poop We Scoop, to ensure proper and safe disposal of dog waste.


In conclusion, while dog waste may seem like a natural fertilizer, it carries health risks and environmental concerns that outweigh any potential benefits. Responsible pet ownership includes properly managing and disposing of dog waste to protect human health and the environment.


Remember, a clean environment starts with responsible pet waste management!


They Poop We Scoop is committed to promoting pet health and environmental stewardship. Contact us for reliable and eco-friendly pet waste removal services.

An algae bloom in a pond
Chart showing how nitrogen and phosphorus from dog waste pollutes ecosystems

Oct 20 2023

Howl-o-ween Hounds: 5 Uncommonly Cute and Fun Ideas to Get in the Halloween Spirit with Your Dog 

Halloween isn't just for humans; it's a paw-some time to involve your furry friend in the spooky festivities. While traditional dog costumes are always a hit, why not get a little more creative this year? They Poop We Scoop is here to unleash a ghoulishly good time with some uncommonly cute and fun ideas to get you and your dog in the Halloween spirit!


1. Haunted Howl-oween Movie Night

Turn your living room into a cozy, spooky theater for you and your pup. Pick your favorite dog-friendly horror movies (think classics like "Beetlejuice" or "Casper") and snuggle up with your furry friend for a night of frightful fun. Don't forget the popcorn and a bowl of pumpkin-flavored dog treats for your canine companion.


2. Organize a doggy Halloween party 

Invite your friends and their four-legged companions for a Halloween-themed gathering. Set up a spooky doggy obstacle course or organize a costume contest for the best-dressed pooch. Don't forget to provide dog-friendly treats and refreshments to keep everyone happy.

3. Create a doggy trick-or-treat experience

Get creative and set up a mini trick-or-treat route in your backyard or around the neighborhood. Hide dog-friendly treats in various spots and guide your pup through the course, rewarding them with goodies along the way. This can be a fun and interactive way to celebrate Halloween with your furry friend.


4. Canine Costume Swap

Host a costume swap party for your dog and your friends' dogs. It's a fun way to recycle old costumes, share the Halloween spirit, and give your pups a chance to strut their stuff in something new. Who knows, you might end up with the most "howl-tastic" costume for your furry friend.


5. Bark-or-Treat Goodie Bags

For those who want to do a little extra during trick-or-treating this Halloween: create "Bark-or-Treat" goodie bags to give out to fellow dog owners and their pups, alongside traditional candy for the kids. Fill the bags with doggy treats, toys, and maybe even a spooky bandana. It's a unique way to spread the Halloween joy to your local dog community.


Halloween is all about embracing creativity and having fun, and there's no reason your dog should be left out of the festivities. These uncommonly cute and fun ideas will make sure both you and your pup have a howling good time this Halloween season. So, whether you're watching spooky movies, swapping costumes, or hosting a trick-or-treat playdate, make this Halloween unforgettable for you and your furry best friend. Happy Howl-o-ween!

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