Planting a Vegetable Garden in an Old Dog Pen?

We lost our dog a year ago and have taken down her dog pen and worked up the soil to plant a vegetable garden. Now that I have it planted I was made aware of round worms eggs that could possibly still be in the soil. Am I OK or should I not continue in this spot? It's been a year since any dog poo and there is none visible.


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May 13, 20190 found this helpful

I would add a lot of compost to the area. I think a year is enough time for any dog feces to decompose.

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May 11, 20200 found this helpful


Not everyone has the luxury , or ability to have dog in the home. Dogs dumped herein the country are shot, or off to shelter. I decided to save one. It's not my house i live in, he is not allowed inside. But he's loved, healthy, alive, and well under a big live oak. he has a lovely house, and lots of playtime with kid.


Try not to be ignorant in your answering. Better a live healthy kept dog in my opinion than shot.

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February 4, 20210 found this helpful

Keeping a dog inside of a pen is not always bad as long as the dog has everything it needs to be healthy and it gets plenty of human interaction. He doesn't say how large the pen is and it could be a really large area, which would be no different than having a dog inside of a fenced back yard. Too many people assume that if a dog is kept in a pen that it is a tiny wire pen and that the dog is being neglected. I would much rather have my dog in a large pen verses letting it run loose and possibly getting killed.


I've had dogs for over 60 years now and our last large dog was kept inside of a chain link pen that was 20x20 ft and she was let out to run free in our back yard supervised except for the times she would dig out. The only part of her life that I feel bad about was that I wasn't with her when she died of old age.

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May 13, 20190 found this helpful

You have my condolences on the loss of your pet. So sad. May her memory always be a blessing.

This is a tough one and I have argued with friends over this several times. Good matured, but still.


I will not plant anything that I will be eating in places where dogs or cats pooped. This is just me. I also don't use any animal manure or fertilizers. Dog and cat are very high in acid and parasites live for a long time. The rest is just icky and smells terrible.

I have friends who say it is OK to use any kind of poop for fertilizer.

This is just one of the many articles I share with them when we argue:

I don't know how long it takes for the poop effects to totally go away. I personally would wait a few years and would keep turning the soil over to let it bake in the sun so it kills all the bad stuff.

I am very over cautious so take it for what it is worth, which is just my opinion.

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