April 19, 2019 By Keith Lee
The pet waste station, public or in-house, has got to be one of the most underappreciated pieces of hygiene management. Sure, that sounds a little dramatic, but stick with me for a second and I’ll show you why that statement really isn’t.
Let’s talk dog poop for a moment. Yes, it’ll make some readers cringe because who in their right mind wants to talk about this! But, it’s important that more people start familiarizing themselves with this conversation because the ramifications potentially affect all of us, dog owners or not.
It all really comes down to bacteria. Dog waste is a known carrier for dangerous bacteria including whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, parvo, coronavirus, giardia, and salmonella. Basically, it’s a hotbed breeding ground for all kinds of nasty little cells that can easily infiltrate nascent environments. And when Mother Nature strikes, it can be extremely harmful.
Natural rainfall tends to wash all these pollutants straight into the nearest river, creek, or stream and contaminate the main water sources for nearby communities.
Now, I’m sure some sharper readers have deduced that dogs aren’t the only ones leaving behind waste the environment. Yes, that much is true! But, they’re the only ones consuming dog food, and when that gets digested, the broken down nutrients are foreign to the ecosystem in which it was left. This inconsistency can lead to unprecedented algae blooms and invasive plant growth. This is why we don’t use dog feces as fertilizer.
The Big Stats
Of course, we don’t expect you to take our word for it. But listen to these studies conducted in both Colorado and Virginia. They might make a couple heads turn.
To help readers visualize the scale of this issue, the study in Colorado monitored “canine defecation events” in the 45,000-acre Open Space and Mountain Peaks Parks. This massive tract of land sees roughly 5.3 million visitors a year, and it’s a popular spot for pet bonding. The study estimated that nearly 60,000 pounds of dog waste are left behind, annually.
In Virginia, another group analyzed samples from a stream and discovered that 42% of pollutants were traced back to dog poop sources; that’s nearly half! The river’s watershed houses an estimated 11,400 dogs that collectively produce upwards of 5,000 pounds of waste per day. And this doesn’t just apply to the more rural locations, either.
The same study group also noted how left-behind dog waste in yards or city streets get washed into storm drains. Storm runoff generally enters streams, lakes, oceans, and other large bodies of water, transferring pollutants along the way. That means leaving behind dog waste in your own yard for too long can even contribute to the cause.
Makes you rethink the usefulness of that dog waste container you take for granted, huh?
So, What Can We Do?
Really, the best way to empower owners is to build and cultivate a friendly infrastructure that supports the idea of responsible pet-waste management. This means providing more bins and bags for owners to dispose their pet waste more efficiently. While we can only hope public health and safety organizations can find the means to do this for parks and reserves, those of us at home can start immediately!
With the PawPail® Pet Waste Station, owners can have a state-of-the-art waste disposal system in their own homes. Manufactured with UV and weather resistant materials, this dog poop trash can boasts a carbon air filter to trap odors and remove harmful chemicals from the air. It also prevent hazardous runoff from rainfall and irrigation systems.
It won’t stink up the house, and other pets will be safe from the waste’s harmful bacteria. Visit PawPail.com now and see for yourself the superiority it has over a simple trash can!