Saturday, October 20, 2007

Pets - The Scoop On The Poop

Some people have thought that pet waste makes good fertilizer, but this is not true. Pet waste left on the ground breaks up when it rains and can make its way into groundwater. The bacteria in dog waste can cause serious diseases in humans, including cholera and dysentery, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Garden fertilizer manure comes from animals that have vegetarian diets so they do not have the harmful bacteria in their digestive systems that carnivorous animals do.

The best option is to scoop up waste and flush it, so it can be treated by a sewage treatment plant. Or it can be put into a biodegradable bag and thrown into the trash. Even if thrown into a compost pile, the bacteria is not all killed and should not be used.

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