Dog Poop – Doggy Waste, Bags, Disposal & Removal

Many new dog owners quickly realize that the cuddly ball of fur they brought home is actually a pooping and peeing machine in disguise!  This new dog poop and pee machine produces many loads per day, it doesn’t necessarily care where it goes, and the owner has to clean-up after all of that!  AND, the cuddly ball of fur will continue to do its business for the next 10-20 years!!

This article is intended to help you deal with the practical challenges of cleaning up after dog poop and pee. Hopefully we will make your life easier as you pick up after the dog poop each and every day over the next 10-20 years.

Volume

First and foremost, if you feed your dog high quality, nutritionally dense food you will get less coming out at the other end. This will also make for a much healthier dog and just like people, dogs are what they eat. The feeding instructions on a bag of high quality dog food, for example, will typically be 3-4 cups per day for a 100 lb dog. The feeding instructions on a low quality dog food, by comparison, will typically be 10-14 cups per day. Granted, the lower quality dog food will be cheaper but, given the amount of fillers that your dog can’t utilize in the 14 cup per day food, do you really want to pick that up in your back yard every day!?

Poop Pick-Up

Every dog owner should pick up its dogs poop every single time!!! WITH EMPHASIS! Unfortunately, some don’t and it is you and I that end up stepping in it! Here are some simple tricks or products that will help with the dog poop pick-up:

1) The Newspaper Trick – bring a newspaper with you on your next walk. When your dog has squatted and is now fully committed to having his/her poop, slide the newspaper underneath and let your dog go on it. When done, simply fold the newspaper up with the poop inside and continue your walk to the nearest garbage can. Yes, your dog will look back at you for the first couple of times wondering what the heck you are doing with that paper, but remember, the dog is already committed to pooping and they aren’t going anywhere!! Many people ask we’ve trained our dogs to poop on the paper, but really, there is no training at all!

2) Doggy Bags – most owners prefer using doggy bags. In this case, try to use bio-degradable pick-up bags as there will be a lot of them over the years and it adds up to quite a bit of plastic going into the landfill. Earth Rated offers a full line of modestly priced bio-degradable pick up bags, from bags with handles to those on a roll with a handy dispenser. They are available in a Lavender scent or unscented.

3) Poop Scoop – is used mainly around your backyard as they are too cumbersome to be bringing with you on walks. Many different garden tools or shovels will work and cheap pooper scoopers can be found in many pet, hardware or big box stores.

Disposal

What do you do with all of that dog poop you’ve been scooping up around your yard? Well, most of the time it goes out with the garbage but some municipalities are now banning the practice or are encouraging dog owners to compost the waste. This isn’t a bad idea as you can imagine how much space dog poop takes up in our limited landfill areas, or what a mess it makes when a full bag of poop breaks as the garbage-man is throwing it into the truck!

The Waste Manager Dog Waste Disposal System is a small septic tank that is installed into your backyard to hold and break down the dog waste that you pick up each day. It uses digestive enzymes to naturally break down the dog poop so that you don’t have to throw it in the garbage. Refill digestive enzymes are also available at Petacular at Waste Manager Natural Clean Up Tablets.

 

 Rolling in the Poop

 

 

Believe it or not, many dogs will roll in dog poop given the chance, or in the smelliest pile of fish entrails or similar garbage that they can find. We’re not exactly sure why they do so or enjoy it so much, but assume that it is related to their basic hunting instincts and how they smell downwind to potential prey (i.e. a dog hunting for lunch is better off not smelling like a dog). Often dog owners are caught completely by surprise, or don’t immediately realize what their dog is actually rolling in until too late! If it happens to you, and it probably will, we recommend Earthbath Pet Shampoo, the highest quality line of all-natural, bio-degradable pet shampoo. Each formula cleans safely and gently while leaving your pet’s coat bright, shiny and smelling better than ever before. 

Cocotherapy Coconut Oil

Cocotherapy Coconut Oil

Reprinted from cocotherapy.com

CocoTherapy® believes in the total well-being of all living things. It is an all-natural, earth-conscious brand that centers on the common belief that coconuts are a healthy food that has nourished populations around the world for generations. The coconut tree is extremely valued as both a source of food and medicine among Asian and Pacific populations, that it is often called “The Tree of Life.” CocoTherapy specifically celebrates the total well-being of our furry friends by making available the goodness of coconuts in all its products.

 

 CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

CocoTherapy coconut oil is 100% pure, USDA certified organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil. Bottled from one of the best sources of coconut oil available in the world, it is the highest quality coconut oil can give your pets.

The Beneficial Oil

Virgin coconut oil is the richest natural source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA). Most of coconut oil’s health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids consists of caprylic (C8:0), capric (C10:0) and lauric (C12:0) acids.

 

What is so Great About Medium-Chain Fatty Acids?
Antioxidant and Vitamin E
The most abundant medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) found in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is considered responsible for many of coconut oil’s health benefits. Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, and the only other abundant source found in nature is in human breast milk. The value of lauric acid has been widely studied and has shown multiple health benefits. When the body metabolizes lauric acid, it is converted by the body to monoglyceride monolaurin. Monoglyceride helps support a healthy body functions.

Dr. Mary Enig, a Ph.D. nutritionist/biochemist and one of the world’s leading authorities on fats and oils, states, “Lauric acid in coconut oil is formed into monoglyceride monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of lauric acid.”*

* Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol, By Dr Mary Enig (Bethesda Press, May 2000). About Dr. Mary Enig: PhD. University of Maryland biochemist and dietary fats researcher. Enig is the co-founder, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF).

The unsaturated oils in some cooked foods become rancid in just a few hours, even at refrigerator temperatures, and are responsible for the stale taste of left-over foods.

Coconut oil that has been kept at room temperature for over a year has been tested for rancidity, and showed no evidence of it. Because of this, coconut oil has been shown to have powerful anti-oxidative effects. It is well established that dietary coconut oil reduces our need for vitamin E, and may provide a significant source of antioxidants. As an antioxidant, it is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E, 15 times more potent than carrots, and 300 times more potent than tomatoes.

 

 Cocotherapy Organic Dog Chips
CocoTherapy Organic Coconut Chips
CocoTherapy also offers Coconut Chips, made of USDA organic dried coconut. Our dried coconut chips offer the same dietary benefits as coconut oil and is an excellent source of dietary fiber. All our pets are crazy about the fresh nutty taste of the coconut chips and it is a wonderful treat to give for variety.

CocoTherapy Coconut chips are the perfect, all natural alternative to all those yucky, over processed pet treats on the market that are made with artificial ingredients — Plus they’re totally delicious. We give our coconut chips to all our pets, including our birds and hamsters too!

 

 USDA Organic
CocoTherapy – USDA Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Chips for your pet
CocoTherapy goes much further — we use only USDA organic virgin coconut oil because we wanted to make sure we were offering our animals the very best and purest coconut oil we could find. Click here to read more about how CocoTherapy is different from other coconut oils available on the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncompromised Quality – Because Your Pet’s Health Depends on It

CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Chips are 100% all natural, made of human-grade ingredients. They are made in an USDA organic inspected human food facility.

Coconut oil supports healthy body functions. Your pet is about to discover the wonderful benefits of coconut and embark in a healthier life.

 

Reprinted from cocotherapy.com

 

 Whole Dog Journal
The benefits of coconut oil for pets are not novel news. In October 2005, The Whole Dog Journal wrote an article about virgin coconut oil and its multiple health benefits for pets, called “Crazy About Coconut Oil”.

The article discussed using the right type of coconut oil (unrefined or “virgin”), which is made from fresh coconuts, and is the oil that has culinary and health experts excited. For more information, read The Whole Dog Journal article, “Crazy About Coconut Oil“.

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