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U.S. Waters Polluted By 10 Million Tons Of Dog Poop

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The Summerville Seven

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Barked: Sun Apr 22, '12 2:53pm PST 
The 78 million dogs living in the United States create 10 million tons of feces annually, polluting waterways and posing a threat to public health, according to a pet waste removal service asking Americans to pledge to scoop the poop this Earth Day.

Dog Waste Threatens Public Health

“Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. In 1991, it was placed in the same health category as oil and toxic chemicals by the Environmental Protection Agency,” explains Virginia-based pet waste removal company Doody Calls in a press release. “The longer dog waste stays on the ground, the greater a contamination becomes. Bacteria, worms and other parasites thrive in waste until it’s washed away into the water supply.”

USAToday reports that 40% of dog owners do not pick up their dog’s waste at all and all that waste pollutes waterways. Because scientists are able to track the origin of the fecal bacteria to the species that excreted it, we even know how much. One study showed as much as 90% of the fecal coliform in urban stormwater was of non-human origin, mostly dog.

In just a couple of days, 100 dogs can deposit enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and fishing. Officials in Seattle consider waste from the city’s million dogs to be a major pollution source of Puget Sound. Dogs have also been shown to be a major source of water contamination in Clearwater, FL; Arlington, VA; and Boise, ID.

So What’s a Responsible Dog Owner to Do?

If you live in Cambridge, MA, you can drop your dog’s leavings into methane digesters to power the lights in some parks. If you live in Jefferson County, CO, you can join the poop patrol to remind your neighbors that there is no dog poo fairy (seriously). For the rest of us, the Natural Resources Defense Council has the following recommendations:
First, you definitely should not let your dog’s droppings lay near water ways, curbs, or even in your yard. What you should do is . . .
Wrap it in a plastic bag (biodegradable, corn-derived, or regular) and put it in the trash (though not all municipalities allow this).
Flush it. Dog waste can be managed by most sewage treatment systems and some septic tanks. (Do not flush cat waste because the parasite Toxoplasma gondii can survive sewage treatment plants.)
Install an underground pet waste digester. Basically a septic tank just for your pet.
Bury it in your yard. Keep pet waste away from vegetable gardens, the water table, and streams and buried at least 5 inches deep. Always cover fresh waste with with dirt.
Hire a poop collection service. Services will patrol your yard for poop on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. What a service does with the waste will vary, but you won’t have to handle it yourself.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/u-s-waters-polluted-by-10-million-tons-o f-dog-poop.html#ixzz1soBI1gxz
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MIKA&KAI

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Barked: Sun Apr 22, '12 6:41pm PST 
Thank-you so much for posting this. I have spent what seems like forever trying to convince friends,neighbors,strangers and even some fellow Dogster that although not pleasant,cleaning up after our pets is a necessary,responsible,and respectful thing to do. Now I have an even more effective arguement in favor of cleaning -up your pets leavings. May I please reprint your post? Being able to share it with others who are not Dogster members would be nice and I would appreciate being able to do so. Thank-you again for the very informative post!!!way to goway to go
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Trigger

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Barked: Mon Apr 23, '12 11:00am PST 
I'm sorry but I just don't buy this....

I'm very sure the number of animals living in the wild far exceeds the number of dogs, which would make their existence far more detrimental to the environment, yet no one is calling for specialized handling of their feces.

Living things poop. Nature obviously handles that just fine and has since the beginning of time.


Although it seems gross for some people to consider dogs doing the deed on the same lawn they lounge on consider that birds, squirrels, rabbits, racoons, bugs, lizards, frogs etc. etc. etc. etc. all do the exact same thing every single day and guaranteed, to a much more "copious" extent.
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Happy

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Barked: Mon Apr 23, '12 9:21pm PST 
Trigger... I will note... that what most pets Eat is far from what is natural for the wild animals ... so perhaps that's were the problem lies?
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Saya

I want to play!
 
 
Barked: Mon Apr 23, '12 9:48pm PST 
"Although it seems gross for some people to consider dogs doing the deed on the same lawn they lounge on consider that birds, squirrels, rabbits, racoons, bugs, lizards, frogs etc. etc. etc. etc. all do the exact same thing every single day and guaranteed, to a much more "copious" extent"

So true mr.skunk used come to my backyard a lot and I'd find a lot of his poop. Canadian geese poops a ton that's why I had Saya chase the geese when they were on land so far they haven't come back hurray.

Praying mantis poops a lot since they have a good appetite..

"Trigger... I will note... that what most pets Eat is far from what is natural for the wild animals ... so perhaps that's were the problem lies?"
Happy has a point there dogs aren't eating normal diet like wolf or coyotes or any animal..

Coyote poop degrades pretty quick usually what is left after a rain is fur from rabbit, or it turns white if the coyote ate a lot of bone..

Saya is completely raw fed and I notice same thing I don't pick up her poop at all unless she goes on neighbor's yard, public place dog park and nature park.

Saya's poop degrades pretty quickly especially after a rain usually what is left is white bone powder and it crushes into the soil easily and I think could be beneficial to the soil adds calcium to it? I dunno.

She goes in a area where no one in family go to and it's not close to stream or pond.

She's potty in my forest before and I don't pick it up and it degrades just fine.

Bella she is mainly kibble fed and oh man does she poop so much compared to Saya. Her poop is also bigger and doesn't degrade at all I did a side by side to see how it'd go and Saya's turned white and crumbled and kibble poop was not much degraded..

I give raw as a dinner instead of kibble once or four times week depends and her raw poop is big difference it's smaller then her kibble poop and degrades too. I once fed her a whole week am and pm meals on raw with no issue parent's were gone for week and her poop was much nicer and and degrades a lot quicker.

I do notice with Saya's poop bugs and flies don't seem to be all over it like Bella's kibble poop Saya's might have one or two or sometimes none, but Bella's a lot more.

Being that it's Earth day it's still good thing to spread the word people who don't pick up after their dog especially in public is a nuisance.

Twice at the nice park with kids play ground and nice walk ways there has been poop on side walk, multiple times poop on the grass and so on! Gross!

One thing to deal with duck and geese poop, but dog poop lovely.
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Samson

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Barked: Tue Apr 24, '12 4:15am PST 
Apart from the...durability of most kibble-fed dog poop (it never seems to deteriorate), you've also got to keep in mind that humans are able to keep more dogs alive than what the earth could "naturally" sustain. The earth probably has pretty good mechanisms and systems to deal with waste on its own, but when we actively manipulate "the natural order of things" and keep ten times as many dogs alive as what would exist otherwise (or something to that order) - then the system can't handle the waste as well.

Don't get me wrong, I don't buy the premise of this article; I think it's bologna. But just because "everything else poops" doesn't mean the earth can necessarily handle all that dog waste efficiently.

I don't know the truth. I bet it's not close to what the author of this article is claiming, though.
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Milton

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Barked: Tue Apr 24, '12 8:37am PST 
The 78 million dogs living in the United States create 10 million tons of feces annually, polluting waterways and posing a threat to public health, according to a pet waste removal service asking Americans to pledge to scoop the poop this Earth Day.

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"According to a pet waste removal service" Does this mean the artical was written by one? they could be over exaggerating for business.

I also noticed they recommended putting the poop in a plastic bag. I think plastic bags are far more dangerous to the enviroment than dog poop. They are made from unrenewable resources, they also leak chemicals into the ground, they are not biodegradable, they will be around for like over 100 years long after poop biodegrades.

I sometimes use the plastic ones left out for my building. So I aint perfect, but I still think they all should be biodegradable. We are creating a bigger problem than dog poop with plastic bags.

Pick up the poop. I will often pick up poop around the building that's not mine. I have a poo rake and will pick up stray feces after picking up my dog's piles on the way to the dumpster.

Dog feces can make other dogs sick and people. I think poop is less dangerous if the dog is eating a good quality diet. Some pet foods have lots of chemicals in them (like Beneful, ewww) and ingredients that take longer to biodegrade like undigested corn. Feeding good dog food with less fillers and natural ingredients is better.
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Charlie

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Barked: Tue Apr 24, '12 9:03am PST 
I pick up poop when we are on walks, as I think it would be rude otherwise and I wouldn't want anyone stepping in it. I don't pick it up off my own property though, because the diet I feed my dogs causes their stools to crumble into dust after about a week.

How long does it take kibble poop to disappear? How about very low quality kibble? And this doesn't really just apply to dogs either. I know that our oceans are heavily polluted by human waste, and I'd venture to say that most of it is full of preservatives and poisons that we eat on a regular basis. I'm guilty of it. I eat a terrible diet most of the time, and I wonder how long it would take for my own stool to disappear.
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Samson

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Barked: Tue Apr 24, '12 9:32am PST 
Charlie when I was in Canada visiting a friend we took a walk in the same spot almost every day with the dogs. There was a nasty huge pile of dog poop in one spot on the grass to the side of the sidewalk, almost looked plastic itself.

Two weeks later when I left it was still there and looked exactly the same as it did when I'd arrived.

I bet THAT would outlast plastic >.>.
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Barked: Tue Apr 24, '12 3:00pm PST 
The dog I had before this one I did pick up her poop. If I didn't it kill the grass. Plus all the flies it would bring from nowhere. and who wants flies on their dogs?
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