More and more cities and communities today have laws regarding pet poop. If your community doesn’t have such legislation yet, then it should not prevent you from getting the best dog poop scooper. As a matter of courtesy and showing respect for the other members in your community, you need to show your responsibility as a pet parent and as a member of society by cleaning up your dog’s mess right after. This is why a pet pooper scooper is important. Don’t worry if you don’t have any inkling on how to pick one for your household.
Picking the best dog poop scooper is not inherently difficult. You only need to keep these things in mind and you can easily narrow down your choices to at least three. From there, picking the best one should already be a breeze.
The way a pooper scooper has been constructed matters. It is important that it be sturdy and highly durable. And for that, you’d have to examine the materials upon which these products are made of. Essentially, you would want a gadget that will last you many years and not one that is good for one or two uses.
You also do not want to get something that is as heavy as a barbell. Remember that you will be carrying this gadget to areas where your pooch pooped. Unfortunately, lightweight often means a substantial reduction in the strength and durability of the material. That is why you have to make sure that you get a pet pooper scooper that is both lightweight and durable. If not, then you should consider striking a balance between the two.
Remember that you’ll be picking up poop. As such, you would want the gadget to offer you a certain level of convenience while removing your pet’s poop off the ground. This is where adjustable handles come in. If the handle is ergonomic, then that is a fine quality as well. You’d have to look at just how the device will be able to scoop the poop. If it can do so without so much as breaking a sweat, then get it. If it is fully manual, then the number of steps you need to perform to scoop the poop should be considered. Make sure it’s easy to clean, too.
As we have already mentioned above, our dog’s fecal waste isn’t exactly gold that you would want to collect and preserve. It is not the kind of animal waste either that you can turn into manure as natural fertilizer. No matter how we look at it, our dog’s fecal matter will always be considered as an environmental pollutant and should be removed with a pooper scooper.
In 1991 the Environmental Protection Agency reclassified dog poop as a non-point source pollutant, making it technically the same, as far as legal labeling goes, with other NPS pollutants like grease and toxic chemicals, herbicides and insecticides, and a lot more. The EPA estimates that a gram of our canine pet’s fecal matter can harbor as much as 23 million coliform bacteria.
The agency was even kind enough to illustrate the potential environmental disaster dogs’ poops bring. In the estimate, if you were to collect the fecal matter of 100 dogs over a period of 3 days, the resulting level of coliform bacteria is enough to close an entire bay, albeit temporarily. What’s more, the same scenario can also close watershed within 20 miles of the fecal matter concentration. This means no shellfishing and swimming within this exclusive 20-mile zone.
A commonly-cited example of the effects of coliform bacteria on the ecosystem is that of the Four Mile Run watershed located in Northern Virginia. With a dog population numbering more than 11,400 contributing to about 5,000 pounds of fecal waste matter on a daily basis, the entire watershed has indeed been considered as heavily-polluted.
Since the 1990s, the EPA has been collecting samples from the watershed and its tributaries, collecting more than 500 samples of fecal coliform bacteria. More than half of the samples collected have clearly exceeded the water quality standards established for fecal coliform bacteria by the state of Virginia.
The culprit is not necessarily your dog’s feces. Unfortunately, because it decomposes in waterways and other bodies of water, the resulting mix of organic materials and moisture creates a nutrient mix that is beneficial for algae and other microorganisms such as bacteria.
The more ‘nutrients’ dog droppings create the more microorganisms thrive on it. Over time, this significantly reduces the amount of light penetrating through the surface of the water. This ultimately decreases the level of oxygen in the water, starving fish and aquatic life forms of this invaluable mineral – oxygen.
But then, you don’t really have to look at the whole ecosystem of a region to appreciate the risks posed by canine droppings. Let’s try to take a look at the journey of our dog’s poop from the moment it leaves their anus up to the time these droppings will begin wreaking havoc into our lives and the larger community.
Bacteria and other microorganisms seep into the soil and begin their journey. These microorganisms are pushed further down into the watershed where they pollute the land. In instances where the poop happens to be directed to the neighborhood sewage system, it ends up at the wastewater treatment facility. Unfortunately, wastewater treatment facilities are not really designed to filter the waste coming from our dogs.
Because wastewater treatment facilities are not specially designed to take care of dog poop, bacteria and other pathogenic microorganisms eventually find their way into open bodies of water and other similar geologic features. These end up in beaches, streams, lakes, rivers, and even in local water utility systems.
Who doesn’t love swimming in the beach or even in other bodies of water? Unfortunately, like the Four Mile Run watershed incident, it really isn’t safe to be swimming in these bodies of water. An even sadder fact is that there really is no way of telling whether the coliform bacterial count present in the bodies of water is still within acceptable limits as defined by state environmental protection experts. There are also no frequent checks of the coliform content of these bodies of water so we are simply taking the risk.
Even fishing in these waters can have its negative effects. While mollusks and other shellfishes are more susceptible to the negative effects of coliforms, it is not unusual for other aquatic life forms to be affected. While cooking these fishes and shellfishes will somehow provide some form of safety assurance, some of us clearly would like to have our fish served sashimi-style.
But here’s the thing. A dog’s poop doesn’t need to seep through the soil for it to spread its pathogenicity. Even while the fecal matter is still on dry land, insects and even humans can actually interact with it. Flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and ants can all land or crawl over it. When they do, they carry some of the germs on the poop onto their tiny legs. When they land or crawl onto our skin or even onto our food, they transmit the pathogenic microorganisms.
Children playing in the yard are also not immune to these canine droppings. This is especially true for toddlers and preschoolers whose penchant for backyard exploration remains unmatched. They can stomp on these droppings or, worse, can actually play with them like play-dough.
Other pets can be affected as well. Some dogs are known to eat poop. Other pets can likewise eat poop. While we are not really sure how such will affect their overall health or what will happen to the microorganisms that they inadvertently ingested, we can only assume that these will again find their way into bodies of both land and water.
It’s a cycle that clearly has no end; unless the whole community – both dog owners and non-dog owners alike – will do their part.
But why is a dog’s poop dangerous, you ask? Well, take a look at the different microorganisms these canine droppings carry.
Being the parents of our pets, especially our dogs, it is our responsibility to look after their welfare. While we give them nutritious and high-quality dog food, it is also our responsibility to clean up their mess afterward. A pooper scooper can help us manage these fecal wastes more efficiently and do our communities a great service by minimizing the spread of disease-causing microorganisms that may be present in our dog’s poop.
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