Composting Dog Waste

How do I compost cat and dog waste, in a small garden? Can I put it by my roses or by my raspberry bush?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Tom from Ridgewood, NY

August 3, 20110 found this helpful
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According to the USDA's booklet, you can use fully composted dog waste on your garden because composting kills harmful pathogens. But you must do the composting correctly. Oops, NOT to be used on crops for human consumption. Sorry about that.

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January 6, 20110 found this helpful

Do not compost animal feces unless you dig a deeeep hole to do so. Your animals are carnivores and meat does not decompose well. You can read about it on the blog for "You Bet Your Garden" at

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January 7, 20110 found this helpful

I agree, do not compost animal feces. Feces carry diseases that can harm other animals. I know of no composting book that recommends even burying animal feces.

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

Do not use dog feces on anything edible!

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