“ Brand: Wilkinson / Type: Dog waste bags „
It's one of the "perks" of owning a dog, that you get to clean up after them. It's not really a perk, its a necessity as far as I'm concerned and something I always make sure I do. I have young kids and I don't want them treading in dog poo at the park or on the pavement and I don't either really. it's so easy as a dog owner to clean up after your dog so I don't see the reason why any poo should be left on the ground. By using dog poo bags you don't get dirty or messy, the smell and poo is contained and then you can throw it away in a special red dog poo bin which are pretty much everywhere nowadays in residential towns.
What makes me laugh about these poo bags from Wilkinsons is that they are actually called dog toilet bags, I've never heard them called that before but maybe it is to spare the blushes of your dog who would much rather go to the toilet than have a poo, who knows!!
Anyway, the toilet bags come in a pack of 20 which actually doesn't last too long in my house as sometimes Eddie has three poos on his nightly walk and I don't reuse bags!! The pack only costs £1 though so its quite good value and they come in a little resealable plastic bag so they are actually quite nice to pop in your handbag or bag if you go out for the day with your dog.
The bags are maroon in colour and are actually quite long which is very handy when you get those really big poos you need to scoop up! Wilko actually use this as a selling point, that the bags are large enough to be used with a scoop although I just put my hand inside, pick up the mess, turn the bag inside out and then tie the handles to seal it.
The handles are easy to tie and there is also a specially developed built-in fragrance which works to neutralise the pong! This is good news for my little boy as I often hang the bag of poop from his pushchair until I can get to a bin!!
These bags work well and are priced well and are toilet bags I recommend!
I have 4 dogs and walk them twice a day on the days that i'm home, which means that on an average day i'll pick up atleast 8 lots of dog poo! Lovely. I always pick up my dogs mess as it's very unhygeinic to leave it in the field or on the pavement as diseases and worms are spread through the poo. I usually use nappy bags which work out not too expensive, but i find the nappy bags to be a bit too thin and decided to get some actual doggy bags. I buy alot of pet products from wilkinson's so decided to have a quick look in there and quickly found this pack of 20 dog poo bags for £1, which is decent value however cheaper ones are available.
The packaging is simple and is grey and plastic with a sticky-on piece of thin plastic like paper which peels off to give access to the wipes which are easy to pull out individulay with ease and the plasticy papersticks back down. This is blue and white with a picture of a golden retriever with 'dog toilet bags' written on the front in large clear writing and states the amount of bags it contains above this (20). Overall the packaging is minimalistic but clear and it's obvious what the packet contains.
The bags aren't perfumed or scented so they don't disguise the smell much but as they are quite thick they do a good job at containing the smell and keeping the poo contained. Picking up poo with the bag is easy and i just slip the bag over my hand, pick up the poo and fold it up and put it in the bin. Quick, easy and simple. I have not experienced any tears or leaks with these bags and they hold a decent amount of poo! Dog bags are usually black but these ones are purple which is a nice little unique factor as not many dog owners i've seen have purple poo bags lol. The handles at the top of the bag make it easy to tie up the bag to contain the poo and are easy to hold and don't snap.
Overall these are a good product. The only downside is that they're not bio degradable and the price. Although they are good quality i feel that £1 for 20 bags is quite alot compared to other dog bags available and i now buy Bob martin dog bags which contain 50 bags for £1 and they're equally as good quality. The only unique thing about these bags is the colour, but this doesn't make me want to buy anymore. Very average product.
Dog Poo - now there's a way to start a review!
Over recent years the health risks associated with dog poo have become more prevalent, namely Toxocariasis.
Toxocariasis is an infection from round worm, don't forget not all dogs are wormed or wormed properly by owners. The eggs are passed in the dog poo but can live up to 3 years in the ground! When warmer weather comes the eggs hatch into larvae and this is when they become more of a danger, especially to children as there immune system is much weaker than that of an adult.
If people or other dogs have contact with the infected poo the larvae can be passed on.
In dogs that is not such a problem as they are designed to pass through again without causing to much of a problem.
In humans however it can cause toxocariasis. The symptoms are fairly generalised as it depends which organs the larvae infect and how much but can cause abdominal pains, headaches, coughs and high temperatures. However on a slightly happier note the larvae cannot apparently mature in humans and therefore the symptoms generally resolve on there own.
But the other more commonly known, yet incidentally rare, infection of Toxocariasis is when it affects the eye. Cells from the immune system build up in the eye around the retina aiming to fight off this invader, in the process causing visual damage and sometimes blindness.
So, everyone please, please, please pick up your dog poo!!! Oh yes and it is against the law now so you could be setting yourself up for a large fine! Plus nobody likes to step in it now do they.
This review is on the Wilko Dog Toilet Bags, bought from Wilkinson shops and cost just £1, for which you receive 20 bags, so at 5p a bag there are cheaper alternatives.
The bags come in a simple plain clear plastic bag which is sealed but when cut also has the reseal top on it.
**INSTRUCTIONS AND SO FORTH**
The bag sizes are 27x36cm approx each which includes a tie handle.
They can be used with a scoop if so desired or just your hands. On the back are instructions for hand use. Basically you just open a bag, put your hand in, pick up the poo and then turn the bag inside out and tie the handles.
There are some simple warnings on the back about the fact they are still plastic bags and so avoid small children playing with them due to suffocation risks. Don't use them for food as they have an impregnated deodorising smell in them. Finally don't flush down the toilet.
There is a 28 day money back guarantee, which comes with address, website and free phone details.
The bags are a purple colour and quite thick so not only do they discreetly disguise the offending article inside, but it is also a little more reassuring whilst picking it up too. After originally using carry bags from supermarkets which I am now "green" bagging and so don't have them, they are a vast improvement as carry bags are to big and bulky to carry and sometimes have little holes - not pleasant to find out mid scoop. I have also tried nappy sack bags as they are cheaper, but oh so thin - again not good especially with big dogs. These especially designed bags are much better, however it would be nice if they made some which are biodegradable as this would make it all so much more environmentally friendly.
I love the fact that the have an impregnated smell, now it's not fabulous but it does the job quite well especially when you sometimes have to walk quite a way to get to a bin. The handles are great too, not all bags have them and it is difficult enough to tie a bag with handles when walking two dogs let alone ones without.
Small enough to fit in the pocket easy but also large enough for a big dog (big dog = big poo!).
I personally I think they do the intended job very well..