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What's the Scoop on Dog Poop?

July 2, 2019 - by Karinya Chan

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Our annual Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk is just two days away, and it is the perfect time to discuss an unlikely topic… dog poop.

Did you know?

Did you know that dog poop can be hazardous to your health? That’s right. It can often contain bacteria such as Giardia and various parasites. A single gram of poo is estimated to carry around 23 million coliform bacteria; this is known to cause cramps, kidney disorders, and intestinal illness for humans. Not good.

But that’s not all. These bacteria can seep into the soil and stick around for years!! This can infect people, other dogs, even our water. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pet waste is a major cause of water pollution. In an article written by Puget Sound Starts Here, the EPA noted that “two or three days of droppings from just 100 dogs in a 20-square-mile watershed can contribute enough bacteria and nutrients to temporarily close a bay to swimming and shellfish harvesting.”


Pick up after your dog. It really is that simple, and it will protect you, your dog, others, and the environment. Scoop it, bag it, trash it.

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The City of Bellevue Utilities will be on site at the Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk to answer any questions you might have. Hope to see you there!  

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