5 Reason Dog Poop Can’t Be Used for Fertilizer
1. It doesn’t contain the right nutrients.
A dog’s diet is high in protein which, as it breaks down, becomes very acidic and that’s not good for your plants. Cow manure works well as fertilizer for vegetation because it starts out as vegetation.
2. It might be riddled with bacteria.
Your dog’s body is full of bacteria at any given moment, but it doesn’t tend to cause a problem unless his immune system becomes weakened. Though it may not make your dog sick, all of that bacteria can be passed in his stools and that’s not something you want to use in your garden. A single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million bacteria.
3. You might get a fine.
Even if the signs aren’t posted, your area probably imposes a fine on dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. You might not think the rules apply on private property, but you could be wrong.
4. It could contain harmful parasites.
Not only does your dog’s feces contain millions of bacteria, but it could also contain parasites. Some of those parasites even have the potential to infect people – examples include parvo virus, hookworms, giardia, roundworms, and trichinosis.
5. It takes a long time to break down.
The final reason dog waste doesn’t make good fertilizer is that it takes a long time to fully break down. A single pile could be sitting in your yard for an entire year if it isn’t disturbed.
So next time if you want to use dog’s poop as fertilizer, it’s not really a good idea.