Pet waste questions and answers
Why can't I just let poop break down into the soil?
Can I bury it or put it in my compost bin?
Can I flush it down the toilet?
If it’s important, why doesn’t everyone pick it up?
I have a cat — does this go for me too?
Because of how much time cats spend outdoors on their own, we don't expect you to go running around picking up after them every time they do their business. For cats that use litter boxes, though, we recommend that the litter be properly disposed of — which means not flushing it down the toilet or dumping it in the backyard (or over the fence). Cat litter should be tossed in the garbage, right next to those bags of dog doo.
How can I talk to my neighbors about picking up after their pets?
Why not pick up the poo?
|If Your Reason Is:||Think About:|
|My dog is small and so is his doo.||Waste from almost 110,000 dogs in Clark County adds up— and that includes big dogs, small dogs, and everything in between.|
|No need to pick it up. It will eventually just go away.||Even though the solids may dissolve, pathogens and other contaminants can be washed into the nearest storm drain or waterway. Even if it does eventually decompose, the pathogens it carries may not go away for several years— they can make you and your children sick. For more details, visit our page on harmful bacteria.|
|I’m not always prepared.||Tie bags onto your dog’s leash or keep them by the door. Many parks also have pet-waste bag kiosks.|
|It’s in my own yard— it's not going anywhere.||When it rains, runoff carries what starts in your yard down the curb to the nearest storm drain or ditch where it goes untreated into our water.|
|I just don’t have time and it’s dark when I get home.||Yes, time is a real issue. Poo patrol is probably not high on anyone’s list of fun things to do after a hard day at work. All we can say is do the best you can. Ideally, you can keep a flashlight and plastic bags by the back door so you'll be ready when Fido is. If that doesn’t work for you, try to pick it up daily, or every couple days, or even once a week. Just remember, if you pick it up more often, it won’t be such a huge chore. (And think of how clean your shoes will stay!)|
|It’s more natural to leave it there. Wild animals have been here for years.||No watershed is naturally prepared to accommodate the amount of waste produced by domesticated dogs. The number of wolves which would naturally inhabit an area the size of Clark County would be around 70— compare that to the 109,867 dogs living here now! That number of dogs is equivalent to that of a city of more than 27,000 people— imagine if all of those people were using their backyards as bathrooms!|
Did you know...
- The average dog leaves 23 piles of poop weekly.
- The weight of dog poop in Clark County each year is equivalent to the weight of 37 Boeing 747s.
- Dog poop is a major food source for rats.