Ewwww! What am I going to do? I got stinky doggie poo all over my expensive Jimmy Choos.
Isn’t that the worst that can happen? Actually, no, it isn’t! There are launderers that clean shoes. But what about your gut? Yes, you heard right! Your gut!
Cleaning up after your dog is environmentally responsible. More than aggression, barking or unserpervised dogs, poop tops the list of complaints against dogs. It makes dog owners look bad and is the #1 reason for negative public sentiment against dogs and their owners.
Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and releases ammonia. When your dog does his ‘big job’ it gets washed away into our water bodies like rivers, seas or even our groundwater. Low oxygen levels and ammonia damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Harmful nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus feed and stimulate the growth of algae in water bodies depending on Oxygen levels necessary for underwater life, be it flora or fauna! It mars the recreational and aesthetic value of water and swimming in these waters may be harmful to us.
Animal waste may contain harmful bacteria viruses and parasites such as Salmonella, E coli, roundworm and hookworm that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water. Our roadside chaats are really popular but the source of water is usually unknown.
REASONS TO SCOOP THE POOP
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others. It is the only means.” Albert Einstein
1. When you pick up after your dog, you are part of the solution! Your actions will help convey the message that its the right thing to do and set an example for others.
2. Its the Law! Your violation is subject to fine as per the BMC cleanliness bye-laws.
3. It is disgusting! Cleaning up after your dog shows responsibility and respect for your neighbors and the community.
4. Dog Poop is unhealthy. It is a host to diseases and parasites which can infect other dogs and people who come in contact with it.
5. Dog poop bio-degrades slowly.
6. It is not a fertilizer! It is unsightly and impedes landscaping efforts.
7. Leaving dog poop encourages other dogs to mark the spot by urinating over the previous dog’s scent. Poop left on the grass contributes to the problem of nitrogen burn.
8. Dog poop pollutes water.
THINGS TO DO
Always clean up after your dog on walks. Remind your friends and neighbours to do the same.
It’s easy to clean up. Carry biodegradable baggies, paper towels, or newsppaers in your pocket which can be secured and thrown away in the garbage or flushed down so it will end up in a waste treatment plant. The pet shop, Ebrahim & Sons sells pooper scoopers and biodegradable baggies.
Do Not throwdog waste in a compost bin.
Start a campaign to get your community involved, install pet disposal facilities, scoopers and other convenient items to encourage locals to clean up after their pets.
Scoopers and bags are available at Ebrahim & Sons (Kemps Corner, Tel:022-23805513) or on Amazon.