Besides the unpleasant sights and smell of dog poop, it is also a hazard to the environment if left to “decompose”. Decompose time of dog poop can actually take over a year, so waiting for it to decompose really is not an option.
Dog feces has been known to shut down beaches at some of the most popular beaches in Minneapolis, such as the beaches at Harriet Lake and Lake Calhoun. When it rains or the snow begins to melt the water and whatever is in its way drains into our water system. When dog waste is in the way, the water can carry many of the parasites contained within dog poop into our lakes. These parasites in turn can cause bacteria levels in our lakes to rise, making them unsafe to swim in.
Besides being dangerous to our environment, accidental contact with dog poop can cause organ failure, blindness and even death. Amebic dysentery, hookworms, nematodes, pinworms, protozoa, roundworms and Tapeworms are just a few examples of harmful parasites contained within dog poop that can harm humans. Accidental contact with these parasites can spread throughout the body and end up in an unwanted hospital visit.
To help reduce the risk of shutting down our beaches or catching an unwanted disease is simply to pick up after your pet. However, for some of us it may be difficult to consistently dispose of dog waste. Whether you have back problems, a busy schedule or just can’t stand the sights and smells of dog poop, there are companies out there willing to take this choir up for you.
Dog Waste Management is a locally owned and operated Minneapolis Pooper Scooper service that has many programs available to help you keep up with your pet waste removal needs. Whether it is a onetime pick up during the spring, a weekly or even twice a week stop our services are unmatched and are guaranteed to keep your yard poop and disease free.
The Doggie Doo Drain was one of the top ten rated inventions in the pet industry for 2009. The Doggie Doo Drain became popular becuase of its enviormentally friends design and ease of use. Below is a quick video of the Doggie Doo Drain on how it works.
The Doggie Doo Drain can be found online anywhere from $39.99 on up. However if you live in the Minneapolis – St. Paul Minnesota area you can get the Doggie Doo Drain for free by visiting Minneapolis Pooper Scooper.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella. When infected dog poop comes into contact with your lawn, the poop will eventually “disappear”, but the parasite eggs can linger for years! When a human or animal comes into contact with that soil through everyday activities like walking barefoot, gardening or playing, they risk infection from those eggs … even years after the poop is gone.
Nearly two decades ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
When pet waste is improperly disposed of, it can be picked up by stormwater runoff and washed into stormdrains or nearby waterbodies. Since stormdrains do not always connect to treatment facilities, untreated animal feces often end up in lakes and streams, causing significant water pollution.
Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth (eutrophication). Cloudy and green, Eutrophic water makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.