Dog owners asked to clean up after their pets during the spring bloom

Spring has arrived and dog owners are once again being reminded to clean up after their pets when they go out for walks.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada urges Islanders to pick up their dog’s feces and keep their pets on a leash. The organization claims that waste is not only an eyesore for everyone, but it also harms the environment.

“If you leave it there it can contaminate nature as it contains foreign bacteria, certain diseases and unnatural nutrients. This could impact local plants,” said Andrew Holland, national media relations manager. of the organization, in an interview with CBC Radio. island morning.

“And it’s not good for dogs either, because if dogs aren’t leashed in certain areas, ticks can cling to them.”

Keep your pets safe from wildlife

Ticks can also spread to humans and transmit Lyme disease. The Nature Conservancy suggests owners always keep their dogs on a leash to ensure they do their business in places where the owner can easily manage waste – as well as to avoid other types of inconvenience.

“Sometimes dogs will wander off and see birds and chase them away. So that impacts bird populations. But dogs can also have unwanted or other interactions with coyotes, porcupines and other birds. other creatures that you don’t want,” Holland said.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says litter is not only an eyesore for everyone, but it’s also harmful to the environment. (CBC/Cody MacKay)

“My golden retriever had an interaction with a porcupine, for example. He’s a friendly golden retriever, but he doesn’t know any better… I was barbecuing and he had quills in his mouth, near his eyes , everywhere. And we had to go to the on-call vet ER and we got a bill of over $800.”

Holland said cleaning up after his pet isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also the right thing to do.

“It’s one of the things that plagues walkers, children, unsuspecting owners,” he said.

“All of a sudden you have these things around our lawns and, you know, trails and they’re everywhere. It’s hard to walk anywhere in terms of green space, anywhere, and to not seeing an area where someone hasn’t checked after their pet.”

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