Posted on 17th Jul 2012 @ 12:41 AM
There are millions of dogs that go to parks every year for walks and that means a lot of dog waste gets left behind. Moreover a lot of dog waste that does not get picked up, while many parks supply dog waste bags and it is law to pick up after your pet many people still do not do it. This creates a large problem on many levels.
Pet waste that has not been properly disposed of is often picked up by storm water runoff and can be washed into the drains or other water sources nearby. Many storm drains and basic water sources are not connected to the water treatment plants and the waste being run into the water bodies will cause a large issue with water pollution. This is bad for several reasons, decaying pet waste that has not been properly disposed of in dog waste bags will often time release high levels of ammonia and use oxygen as it decays. In lake or stream low levels of oxygen and higher ammonia levels can and will affect the fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste is also the carrier of certain nutrients that will cause algae and weeds to grow more prevalent and can make water cloudy and green causing areas that are used for swimming and recreational purposes to be unhealthy to swim in.
Along with the effect to aquatic life and using bodies of water for recreation pet waste contains many harmful bacteria’s that if you simply used proper dog waste bags would not be an issue. These millions of harmful bacteria’s can be picked up in contaminated water or by being in a park or area that has the feces in it. Children who love to play in the dirt and sands in parks are going to be very easily susceptible to the sicknesses that can be found with these bacteria’s. Protecting our children and waters truly is as simple as following the law, and using proper dog waste bags for disposal when out with your dog.
Dog waste bags have come a long way from your Grandmothers old grocery bag type to use. They are easy to use, affordable and environmentally friendly. You can find biodegradable chemical free dog waste bags in just about any local pet supply store or online market place. By using biodegradable dog waste bags you’re not only following the law in cleaning up the dogs waste but being friendly to the environment by putting something that will break down back into the earth.