Dog Waste is NOT Fertilizer

Dog waste is not fertilizer

Millions of people in America grew up thinking dog waste was basically good for plants. Alas, scientists have discovered that couldn’t be further from the truth. Manure is good for plants because it is plants, but that only comes from herbivores like cattle, horses, sheep, and goats—animals that eat only plants. The rule is "plants in, plants out." So manure works as fertilizer for plants becasue it all plant material. With carnivores, the rule is opposite: animals in, animals out. The microscopic animals in dog poop are toxic rendering the mixture worthless as a fertilizer, which is why dog was has zero commercial value. You can't sell it for even 1 penny per ton. Whereas manure is worth $200 per ton.

Emerging in the 1990s, technical advances in DNA testing enabled scientists to trace the origin of sewage polluting our lakes and streams. For decades everyone assumed it was hidden illegal sewer pipes emptying below the waterline. Behold, the culprit wasn’t humans, but our own very best friend, Rover.

The modern backyard with a little patch of grass next to the swimming pool is a lousy sewage treatment facility. Nor does composting kill the smorgasbord of harmful pathogens in dog waste. Bacteria and viruses can thrive and live on to re-attack humans and pets. Fecal coliform bacteria are just one of a whole suite of pathogens that can live in a compost pile.

Major cause of pollution

If you thought China, Brazil or India was polluted, perhaps you should first check your backyard. With 1.2 million dogs in DFW, that’s the sewage equivalent of a major city with no toilets. DFW dogs produce some 900,000 pounds of sewage per day, much of it contaminating the environment, especially groundwater, area lakes and the Trinity River.

Storm water carries bacteria from dog waste into lakes and streams through storm drains.

Leaving sewage in your backyard is going the way of blood letting and other not so smart practices held over from a more primative age. A waste treatment facility or landfill is set up to contain fecal matter. Your backyard is not.

On your grass, in your carpet and on your feet

Harmful organisms that can be transmitted from pet waste to children and adults can persist for on the ground for weeks. Fecal coliform and other bacteria found in dog waste can make people sick, leading to breathing problems, diarrhea, blindness and worse. Some of the diseases that can be spread to humans from pet waste include,

  • Campylobacteriosis (a bacterial infection frequently causing diarrhea in humans)
  • Salmonellosis (the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans -- symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea)
  • Toxocarisis (roundworms transmitted from animals to humans. Symptoms include vision loss, rash, fever, or cough)
  • Fecal coliform causes dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid fever and ear infections
  • Roundworm, giardiasis, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis and cryptosporidiosis
  • Cysticerosis which is a disease of humans involving larval tapeworms in the human body

When you consider how many children go barefoot and play in the grass, the awareness of “poop” it’s impossible to think of poop in any benign way. The facts of sewage are blatantly unhealthy.


Sgt. Poopers graphic from 2008 website

A backyard contaminated by dog waste is no walk in the park! Our procedures and protocols are designed to protect and conserve the most precious parkland of all — the one you call home. It’s like having a park ranger for your own backyard which is why we say, “We treat your yard like a National Park!” 

Sgt. Poopers invites you to go green "with a little help from your friends." We're a conservation company, so our protocols are based on the principles of conservation. Our approach is common-sense, holistic, always safe, and 100% effective. Our methodology works and you will see immediate results. On top of everything else, no contract is required. We do not use toxic chemistry that can harm people or pets. We restore the balance of nature and make living environments safe for you, children, pets, and beneficial insects like honeybees and butterflies. Please tour our website to learn more. If you have any questions, please call us today at (214) 563-6379. For your convenience, you may also request services from this site.

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Steve Hall
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Conservation Advocate

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