When the snow retreats, the poop appears. It’s not that the dog feces magically appears from nowhere—it’s that the poo doesn’t disappear when the snow melts as some people apparently believe. Or, maybe people are just irresponsible. Here are five reasons to pick up your dog’s poo and to encourage your neighbors to do the same.
- Dog poop can present potential health concerns to people and other pets, according to veterinary parisitologist Dr. Dwight Bowman of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Companion Animal Parasite Council. Concerns include roundworm, whipworm, Giardia, salmonella, and camplobacteriosis.
- Remember, children also play in the snow.
- We’ve all stepped in dog poo, and we all know how incredibly annoying that is. Toting (environmentally friendly) pickup bags (and using them) is a responsibility of dog ownership.
- Some dogs scarf down poopsciles, given the opportunity. Dog can be susceptible to parasites, but it’s also simply gross. The best deterrent is to be sure there’s nothing to scarf down in the first place.
- It’s the law! And increasingly, on private property, cameras have been catching the culprits. This is a strategy I don’t disagree with. But it’s sad that it’s come to setting up secret cameras. Cities all over the country are now considering similar “big brother” tactics, and some cities already have those cameras set up—it’s just a matter of using them for this purpose.