Compost Dog Poop

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Wilbur, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. Wilbur

    Wilbur Well-Known Member

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    This Christmas we got a new little German Shepherd pup. She is the cutest little thing I have seen in a long time!!

    But with this little bundle of fun comes lots of little (for now! :haha: ) poops. It has gotten me thinking about whether I can put it in the compost pile for eventual garden use. Or is there something in it where I shouldn't do that and should just dispose of it differently.

    Thanks for any feedback you can provide!
     
  2. anniew

    anniew keep it simple and honest Supporter

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    Both dog and cat wastes have potential parasites which can
    be a problem to humans. I don't know about composting it
    but would think that unless you can absolutely know that
    every nook and cranny got up to a high temperature, you
    may end up with a problem. But you might use some of the
    poops around the outside edge of the garden as a deterent
    to critters...although I'd want to make sure that rains couldn't
    wash the material into your crops.
    One vet called me paranoid, saying cats and dogs frequently
    walk across a garden area and leave a "gift" but I don't see
    any sense in encouraging problems.
    I send poops dropped in their kennel to the trash, but take the dogs
    for walks around the gardens, making sure they stop away from the
    planting area for their business. I don't mind if they urinate into the
    planting area, considering it nitrogen addition.
    Ann
     

  3. 3girls

    3girls Well-Known Member

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    If you just want to keep things clean, there is the old pit in the ground to which are added the daily contributions topped with some leaf mulch. Make a lid of something--maybe an old garbage can lid weighted down with a brick--to contain any possible odors, etc. This will compost down as you contribute, for a long time. Then cover it with soil, and build another pit nearby.

    Some of the dog and cat parasites transfer to humans, so it is not usually used for human consumption gardens. Some of those parasites are downright nasty!
     
  4. bonnie lass

    bonnie lass Semper Fi

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    Compost it separately from the regular compost and then use it to fertilize your trees and shrubs, but don't use it in the veggie garden, it's not worth the risk.
     
  5. Wilbur

    Wilbur Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info! Of course my wife already answered it for me- she saw me posting the original message and her response was..."NO WAY!!!" LOL But now I have a reason why not to! Thanks all!
     
  6. jejabean

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    Our Chow Ling would only go to the bathroom in one area of our backyard, and my dad would turn it over twice a week....that was over twenty some years ago, and to this day, that area produces the largest best rosebushes in tha area.
     
  7. Wilbur

    Wilbur Well-Known Member

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    Jejabean- that's good to know. I love my roses! I will try that. I just won't eat any! :)
     
  8. jejabean

    jejabean Well-Known Member

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    Nah, I don't think I'd eat any...but if your dog is wormed, and eats good food...I don't know if there would be a problem...so many people have their dogs eating organic food now...just wondering!
     
  9. LaDonna

    LaDonna Well-Known Member

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    Never compost stool from a meateater!!!!