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Top 5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe During The Christmas Holidays

1. Lace up those walking boots
Walks are good for a dog’s mental and physical health – he wants to explore his local environment and see who lives where as much as he wants to explore, chase and have fun with you. Plan some longer walks with other friends with dogs, because getting out in the countryside or park can be much more enjoyable than Christmas shopping.

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2. A pet’s Christmas dinner only has to happen once a year
If you like to give your dog a special meal for Christmas dinner, then remember to cut back on his breakfast and treats that day. Too large a meal can cause digestive problems, so if your dog really can’t miss Christmas dinner try adding small amounts of the special food to his normal dinner instead.

3. Keep your vet’s number close
Christmas provides dogs with lots of temptation: foods they shouldn’t eat, presents they shouldn’t destroy and changes in their routine and environment which may cause extra stress. Find out what hours your vet is planning over the Christmas period to ensure there’s emergency cover if you need it.

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4. The larger the present the better
Christmas is definitely for dogs, but they don’t need huge extravagant presents, the more time and attention they get with you the happier they’ll be. Try different games, walks and trips out with your dog – you’ll both enjoy it.

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5. Christmas trees are just trees with extras to dogs
Don’t be surprised if your dog leaves you a “biological” gift under the Christmas tree. To your dog, this is the ultimate convenience, the outdoors brought inside. Try marking sprays and firm commands if this becomes a frequent problem. If you’ve got a climber, then hang tempting treats and baubles on harder to reach branches. This will surely make things interesting around the tree.

 

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Yard Maintenance and Keeping Your Yard Clean, Columbia,SC -Palmetto Scoopers Inc. -Dog Waste Removal Service

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As an homeowner in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina and dog owner you do your best to maintain a clean and beautiful  but yard at the same time you know how difficult it is to do. Between your work and your children you have a lot of responsibility and sometimes things get overlooked. At Palmetto Scoopers we’re here to tell you that with our help, your lawn will be free of landmines all year round, but there’s a catch…we’ll need your help to find those landmines, each and every time we pay a visit to your home. Today we’re going to share some helpful tips that will allow us to do the best job possible when it comes to helping you maintain your yard.

Access to Your Yard
When we arrive at your home we need to be able to access your yard. On your scheduled day of service please make sure that your gate is unlocked, even more so if you plan to be away from home on the day we come to clean. If you need help with a lock, please let us know and we’ll be happy to provide one to you as a part of our service. If we aren’t able to access your yard, we won’t be able to clean it. You’ll be asked to reschedule and unfortunately will still need to charge you for that day of service.

Cut Your Grass
When we send a technician to clean up the poo from your yard, it’s important that they’re able to find everything your dog has left behind. You can help our technicians find all the poop by making sure that your grass is cut and not overgrown. Yards are also breeding grounds for biting insects like mosquitoes, so you should trim your yard to about three inches. After that, it’s best to maintain the shape of your lawn.

Trash and Debris
For the safety of our technicians please make sure that all trash and debris is contained before we send someone to your home. When water is allowed to collect in debris, insects such as the above mentioned mosquito will lay their eggs and breed. If we arrive and find that conditions are unsuitable for our employees to work, your yard will not be cleaned and you’ll still be charged for our service.

Dog(s)
We’re more than happy to clean your yard while your dog is out. However we can only do this if your dog is not aggressive. If your dog is aggressive we ask that he be kept inside while we do our job. Once again this is simply for the safety of your employees and pets as well.

Once we finish cleaning up your yard of pet waste we’ll leave it just the way we found it. We’ll even leave treats for your dog(s) before we go!

 

This post today has been brought to you today by Palmetto Scoopers Inc. Palmetto Scoopers is the leading pet waste removal service in the Columbia area including Lexington, Irmo, Forest Acres and Chapin areas. Give us a call today at (803) 201-5012 to receive your free quote. Rates start at just $11.35 per week. Visit our website at http://www.palmettoscoopers.com to view customer testimonials and more! Have an Pawsomeme Day!

 

 

 

10 Reasons You Should Not Feed Your Dog Thanksgiving Food

 

Thanksgiving is a time for family, and for a lot of dog owners, their pup is a part of their family. It only makes sense that you’d want your dog to enjoy a special meal along with their human family members. Back in the old days, people would just feed their dogs scraps from the table (or from around the campfire). During the Middle Ages, royalty would feed the dogs in their kennels large stews containing grains, vegetables, and discarded animal parts. Only in the 1800s did the idea of specialized food specifically made for pets pop up. In the last century, the pet food industry has grown exponentially, and along with it, misinformation about what dogs can and cannot eat.

Holiday food your dog should avoid
Dogs can eat a lot of human foods – especially the food we eat at the Thanksgiving table. But there are ten foods you should never give your dog. According to Pet Plan, humans spend, on average, $185.80 more to take care of a pet’s upset stomach over the Thanksgiving weekend than other days.

1. Turkey Skin
Turkey is good for your dog – it’s just meat, after all. But turkey skin is another story. You pile a lot of delicious stuff onto that skin: butter, spices, marinades, oils. And guess what? Those things are really hard for your dog to digest! Plus, turkey skin is super fatty, and fatty foods can give your dog pancreatitis, which is about as miserable as it sounds.
2. Cooked bones
Dogs and bones – they go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Wrong! Small bones, like those from a chicken or turkey, can splinter inside of your dog’s digestive tract. Don’t give your dog any turkey bones and make sure you dispose of all bones properly and in a place where your dog can’t get at them.
3. Sage
Besides being one quarter of a Simon & Garfunkel album, sage is a popular seasoning at the Thanksgiving table, frequently used on both turkey and in stuffing. Unfortunately, it also contains oils that can cause indigestion and an upset stomach in your dog.
4. Onions & Garlic
Both onions and garlic contain sulfides, which are okay for humans to eat but extremely toxic to dogs. Ingesting sulfide will eventually lead to anemia in dogs. Onions are more toxic than garlic, but both need to be completely avoided.
5. Sausage
Which leads us to sausage! You may think sausage is just meat, but it frequently features other ingredients, including onion and garlic, inside of the casing, making it incredibly toxic to dogs.
6. Macadamia Nuts & Walnuts
In general, nuts are bad for dogs, but macadamia nuts and walnuts are the two worst offenders. If dogs eat either of them, within twelve hours they’ll have a toxic reaction that leaves them unable to stand, vomiting, fever, and an elevated heart rate. Though symptoms usually resolve on their own, it can be deadly. Macadamia nuts and walnuts are frequently used as ingredients in stuffing or cranberry sauce.
7. Nutmeg
After the main meal is over and done with, there’s a good chance you’ll settle down with a thick slice of pumpkin pie. Usually used to spice both pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes, nutmeg is extremely toxic to dogs. If ingested, nutmeg can cause seizures and central nervous system problems, and in extreme cases, it may lead to death. Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are okay to feed your dog (in moderation, of course), but make sure it hasn’t been spiced with nutmeg before you treat your pup.
8. Alcohol
While you’re probably unlikely to pour a can of beer into your dog’s water bowl, you should know that dogs love the taste of beer and if they can reach their snout into a glass of beer, they’re likely to drink it all up. Alcohol is toxic to dogs, and the hops in beer is particularly dangerous.
9. Chocolate
A lot of people already know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but it bears repeating. If you’re baking, keep your eye on the chocolate and make sure any unused chocolate is safely thrown away or stored.
10. Dough & Batter
Another baking tip – dough and batter are really, really not good for dogs. Dough sees your dog’s stomach as an organic oven and can actually rise inside of your dog, causing bloating and severe pain. On top of that, dough and batter contain raw eggs, which could contain Salmonella and are generally a bad idea to eat.

Your best bet? Keep your dog out of the kitchen completely, and make sure all spills are cleaned up as quickly as possible. And throw out the garbage before you get too full and just want to sit on the couch for the rest of your life.
How to keep your dog occupied during the meal
We suggests keeping your dog occupied in another room during the meal. Before the meal, “provide your dog with appropriate exercise.” That way, they’ll have burned off energy and will be ready to chill during your meal. Right before you sit down to eat, grab a hollow toy and fill it with “some of their normal meal or some special, healthy bits of meat or vegetables.” Then, take this hollow toy and put it on their dog bed. Afraid your dog will get bored during your long Thanksgiving dinner or during the post-dinner football game? “Have a couple of extra food-stuffed toys ready to rotate out so your dog remains happily occupied while you and your family enjoy your holiday dinner

 

Pet Waste Stations: Keeping your neighborhood clean and safe!

All pet owners love to walk and be surrounded by a clean environment. Pet waste stations are the indispensable tool for keeping parks, streets, apartments, residences, and common areas neat from our friends’ waste. This simple plastic bag dispenser helps pet owners to walk hand-free from awkward dog waste scoops, letting them enjoy the stroll together with their dogs while respecting and maintaining a clean neighborhood.

Now days, dogs are part of our family and we would really do anything to see them happy. More than any other domestic animal they need to go out from the house at least three times a day in order to play, stretch their legs, and eliminate their wastes. This is when the pet waste stations become a useful help in dog owner’s lives, saving many others from distractedly stepping on these unconventional (and definitely not appreciated) “presents”. Indeed, dog wastes are not only an unnecessary decor of the sidewalks but also a potential harmful refuge for many bacteria that is dangerous both for human beings and other animals.

Given these premises, choosing to adapt a pet waste station in the neighborhood would generate a series of positive benefits for the community. Firstly, having one of these dispensers strategically installed along the sidewalk will motivate the laziest of the pet owners who are discouraged from cleaning their pets’ wastes when they forget to bring a plastic bag with them while walking out the dog. Secondly, there is a positive effect also at an environmental level. Collecting our dog’s wastes with plastic bags will save toxins to be absorbed by the ground which would eventually end up through storms, into streams, and lakes. As a matter of fact many people don’t know dogs diet is not adequate to allow their wastes to be used as fertilizers making them even harmful for lawns and gardens.

Lastly, for those who look at the financial impact, it is worth it to highlight that pet waste stations dispensers are not expensive. They are made of different materials and comes in different shapes for all possible tastes always extremely discrete in order not to be too invasive on the aesthetic of the neighborhood.

In conclusion, the proper usage of pet waste stations will help people save some good money in manpower for cleaning streets and yards while helping to increase the quality of life for everyone.

How is your community doing on its pet wet stations?

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Can I use My Dog Poop For Fertilizer?

We all like to make an effort to be green, dog owners have longed considered using dog poop as Fertilizer. Unfortunately reusing dog poop as fertilizer leads to retinal diseases in children. In a paper written by an Extension Veterinarian and Extension Soil Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, they indicated “two major concerns to bring to your attention: Public Health Aspect, Fertilizer Values.”
Cattle manure is considered the standard fertilizer, the vet and scientist compared dog poop with cattle manure to determine it’s potential application to lawns and gardens. They determined that dog poop has 2- 1/2 times as much nitrogen and half as much potash as cattle poop, meaning dog poop won’t provide the same fertilizing as cow manure.
The other concern reported by experts is the potential health concerns of the people exposed to the dog poop. They stated “both dog and cat manure may contain organisms that cause human health problems.” The most common hazard in dog poop is “large roundworms, called Toxocara canis.”
What kind of symptoms would a person have who is infected by dog worms?
1) A condition called Visceral Larval Migrans. the ascarid eggs hatch in a person’s small intestine. The little worms or larvae get into the blood stream and float to the liver and get into the blood stream that goes to the lungs. Some may enter the general circulation and end up in different parts of the body. They have been found in the human heart, brain, spinal cord, skin, and other tissues. The symptoms would vary depending on where the larvae become attached.
2) Another conditionis called Ocular Larval Migrans. The immature ascarid worms or larvae can effect the human eye. The larvae attack the retinal and cause blindness. Many eyes of children have had to be removed which until recently was the only treatment for this problem.
In a pediatric hospital 37% of all the retinal diseases of children’s eye were positive for dog ascarid larvae. This is definitely a potential human health hazard.
They also considered the benefit of composting the manure to sterilize it but determined that, in order to sterilize the poop the compost heat temperature would need to exceed 165F for almost a week and “backyard compost heaps rarely reach this temperature, and the outer several inches never do.”
These results led the Vet and soil Scientist to conclude.
There are many sites online that will tell you how to compost dog poop for fertilizer. Reflect on the fact that using dog poop as fertilizer leads to retinal diseases in children and if you still want to move forward, please pay particular attention to the Soil Scientist’s statement about needing to reach 165F for at least five days. An alternative is to eliminate your dogs poop and mantain a green home!

The health hazards associated with Cat and Dog Poop are greater than the potential benefit from it’s fertilizer value. Cat and Dog poop should be disposed of by flushing it down the toilet in ends up in or water supply.
You can bury it deep into the soil(six inches or more) or place in tight plastic bags for the garbage collection.
I recommend you let the proffesionals come scoop the poop, clean your cat boxes, and remove the poop from your home. That’s the safest!
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We will keep your yard GREEN and POOP free. We will pick up all dog poop and remove the dog waste from your property!
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Dog Waste Facts Dog Owners Should Know From Palmetto Scoopers

  

1. The EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) places dog waste in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
2. There are approximately 50 million registered dogs in the U.S., and altogether they produce about 5,000 tons of waste daily. That’s up to 3.6 billion pounds of poop a year, or enough to fill 800 football fields one foot deep in poo!
3. Contrary to what many people believe, dog waste cannot be used as fertilizer.
4. Storm water carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways.
5. A pile of dog poop can take a year or more to fully breakdown. It won’t just wash away or disappear, and can pose a serious health risk to yourself and your family if not taken care of.
6. Dog waste can attract mice and other pests, and can become infested with harmful bacteria or parasites that can infect your pet.
7. A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria,as well as hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms, E.coli,and salmonella.
8. Accidentally ingesting pet waste (through a water supply, etc.) can cause serious kidney disorders, intestinal illnesses, cramps, and diarrhea in humans.

Why Should You Get Your Poop Scooped?

 

You should scoop your dogs poop or have an poop scooper because your Storm water drains carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways. Also animal waste adds nitrogen to the water. Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife and fish. Dog poop may contain harmful organisms such as Giardia, Salmonella and E. coli that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water. Dog poop may contain Roundworms and Hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and be transmitted to other animals and humans. Most urban and suburban areas require you to pick up after your pet. Even if there is no restriction, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do. Join the growing number of responsible and courteous pet owners may encourage hotel managers to accept pets when you are traveling and help keep fees to a minimum.
No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into homes, cars and businesses. Having an Poop Scooping service visit on a weekly ,bi-weekly or twice a week basis and cleaning up your dog poop will help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. It’s easy to clean up dog poop when walking your pet by carrying plastic baggies and paper towels in your pocket. The baggies can be secured and thrown away an dog poop waste receptacle and if your neighborhood don’t have one you can contact Palmetto Scoopers for pricing to help keep your neighborhood clean and safe. Also I’m sure your neighbors will appreciate the gesture of picking up your dog poop when walking them in your neighborhood.

Why Choose Palmetto Scoopers

We are a locally owned and operated company, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and professional staff. Your satisfaction is our first priority, and we will always make sure to do a quick and thorough job so that your home is as clean and safe as possible!
Hiring Palmetto Scoopers means that you won’t have to deal with the hassle of cleaning up after your beloved furry companions. And not only that, but you’ll be making the environmentally friendly choice: we always take care to dispose of pet waste properly to avoid the spread of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens into waterways, or other areas where they may cause harm.
Additionally, we donate a portion of all our profits to local rescue organizations and animal shelters. We care just as passionately about your pets as you do, and want to make sure that every animal has a chance to find their forever home!
We are fully Licensed and Insured.

What We Do

Everyone loves owning pets, but no one really likes cleaning up dog poop. Luckily, Palmetto Scoopers is here to help out with those less-pleasant tasks so that you have more time to enjoy playing with your furry friends! Palmetto Scoopers provides fast, efficient, and effective pet waste management at affordable prices. We help keep your yard clean, environmentally safe, and family/visitor friendly!
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