Dog poop is not only unsightly, but it can be dangerous if you let it pile up in your yard. While picking it up and throwing it away is the first step. Consider other methods of disposal and sanitizing to ensure your yard stays clean and safe.
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Pick It Up
Pick up the poop from your dog at least once every few days. The more dogs you have, the more frequently you'll have to clean up the feces. According to the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare in Texas, dog feces can contain a number of parasites that might contaminate the soil and can be passed on to humans if not cleaned properly and regularly. The danger increases if rains dilute the feces, allowing them to run off the property and potentially reach water sources in the community.
Poop should not be added to the compost pile because the pathogens in feces will contaminate anything you end up using the compost for. Instead, pick it up and either throw it in the trash -- if your municipality allows it -- or dispose of it according to the rules set by your city. Make sure you use small plastic bags that you tie up well before disposing, so there's no risk of contamination or offensive smells.
Other Disposal Methods
In addition to throwing it away, you can dispose of dog feces by flushing it down the toilet. This is a safe option, as wastewater treatment plants have the capacity to deal with it safely and effectively.
You can invest in a underground pet waste digester. This is a special device available through pet stores such as Petco and PetSmart, as well as large retailers such as Amazon. The device, which you bury in the yard, looks like a small tank with a lid. The tank comes equipped with enzyme cultures and bacteria that will digest the poop and turn it into a liquid that drain into the ground.
Clean Things Up
Once you have picked up all the feces in your yard, the next step is to sanitize and remove odors. There are a number of dog sanitizing services that, for a fee, will come to your home and clean up feces and sanitize the soil so it's safe, clean and free of odors. These services are often advertised in the Yellow Pages or through local boards or fliers.
If you want to do this yourself, start by buying a commercial disinfectant, which kills bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, canine distemper, parvovirus and more. These disinfectants will remove odors. To use, simply follow the instructions on the container to prepare the mix -- usually added to water -- and apply to the yard using a sprayer. Let air dry before you allow your dogs into the yard again.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.