It is dividing people on local social media pages nationally! It seems it’s proud pooper scooper vs too posh to pick up! And pram wheels and designer running shoes everywhere are suffering as a result.
Our precious 4-legged poopers need their daily walk, and for many, this includes their daily purge. What should perhaps be a private matter between dog and owner, in some areas has become a public nuisance worthy of daily rants on social media.
But what are the rules here? Is there an etiquette that should be followed? Is it really a serious issue?
Picking up your dog poo is the first step in contributing to a harmonious and sanitary neighbourhood for all to share and enjoy. It is also law. The City of Sydney’s Companion Animals policy states that ’Owners have a legal responsibility to pick up after their dogs.” Fines can be issued for not carrying waste bags at the ready, and additional fines for not picking up the waste. Most local councils provide dog tidy stations including waste bags in off-leash areas and popular dog walking trails to help support owners in abiding by the law.
You may think its organic, but If not picked up, dog waste also acts as an environmental pollutant and a hazard to animals and humans. As it lays in the grass and decays, toxic bacteria seeps into the soil, contaminating our waterways. It releases ammonia, which is detrimental to the health of fish and other aquatic life. In addition, pet waste contains pathogens and bacteria like E. coli, salmonella, giardia, which are harmful to humans, and also the risk of roundworm, tapeworm, and hookworm. We think these are pretty compelling reasons to comply with the rules.
What if we are trying to be responsible pet owners, but when out for your walk the only thing you are picking up are signs of a digestive issue? Just like us, dogs can respond differently to different foods, so if picking up after puppy is not a straightforward process, it might be time for a visit to the vet. Vetmeds highly trained team are proud ‘poo experts’ and will help make your job a much easier one in no time.
Book now to ensure you and your pooch can pound the pavement with pride as responsible and co-operative citizens and neighbours.