Health Concerns: Pet waste can contain harmful bacteria, parasites and diseases that can spread to humans and other pets if not disposed of properly. Dogs in East Texas are the main contributor.
Environmental Concerns: Pet waste left in the yard can leach into groundwater, contaminating the water supply and harm wildlife.
Aesthetic Considerations: Uncollected pet waste is unsightly and can detract from the appearance of a property. You may not use your yard as much as you thought because it's a mine field of dog poop to walk around.
Best Practices for Picking up Dog Waste:
Use Proper Tools: Invest in a sturdy plastic bag, light weight trash can, small rake or a poop scooper to pick up the waste. A solid debris pan made out of metal is a good choice for raking the pet waste into.
Dispose of Waste Properly: Seal the bag tightly and dispose of it in the trash.
Wash Hands Thoroughly: Always wash hands thoroughly after handling pet waste to avoid spreading germs.
Be Consistent: Make a habit of cleaning up after your pet every time it goes to the bathroom. It's easier said then done but a first step can go along way. Use a company like Pickem' Up Poopies to do it for you.
Train Your Pet: Train your pet to go in a designated area to make cleanup easier. There are sprays that sometimes work to attract your dog or cat to go in a designated area but they don't always work.