Unleashing the Truth: The Impact of Canine Waste on Community Health

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Is your community grappling with a dog poop predicament? Are unsightly piles of uncollected dog waste tarnishing your development’s appeal? It’s an unfortunate reality that many pet owners overlook or neglect their responsibility to clean up after their furry companions. Regrettably, pet waste is one of the most common challenges faced by communities everywhere. As a property or community manager, we understand that dealing with deserted dog poop can be a frustrating and time-consuming task. Not only do pet waste complaints put a strain on resources, but they also create tension and dissatisfaction among residents.

Understanding the Hazards of Pet Waste in Neighborhoods

The problem of pet poop in our communities extends beyond a mere unpleasant inconvenience. Dog waste poses a significant environmental hazard, presenting health risks to both animals and humans. Considered a form of nonpoint source pollution by the EPA, dog waste shares this classification with various other pollutants like herbicides, insecticides, oil, grease, and toxic chemicals.

Our communities are full of our four-legged friends, with most homeowners and renters owning pets. The impact of pet poop left unattended is alarming. Just two to three days’ worth of accumulation from a population of 100 dogs can introduce enough bacteria to temporarily contaminate nearby water bodies, prompting closures for swimming and shellfishing within a 20-mile radius.

Moreover, the health implications are sobering. Unlike other sources of water pollution, such as lawn fertilizers or motor oil, dog waste harbors parasites and bacteria that can directly threaten human health. The longer dog waste stays on the ground, the more the contamination intensifies, facilitated by the persistence of harmful organisms like Heartworms, Whipworms, Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Parvovirus, Giardia, Salmonella, and E. Coli. Roundworm is one of the most common parasites in dog waste. It can remain infectious in soil and water for years. A recent CDC study found 14 percent of Americans have tested positive for roundworms.

Protecting the Health and Safety of Our Communities

Contaminated waste can make dogs sick, too. When pets become sick, contagions are typically passed through their deposits and into the yard. When this waste is not picked up, pets have a high risk of catching infections over and over again.

Rodents love pet waste. Dog poop can be a common food source for rats and other rodents in developed areas. An unwanted neighbor in any community, the presence of rodents can decrease the property values of all nearby homes and present a host of additional health concerns to residents themselves.

A common misconception, dog waste is far from fertilizer. Unlike herbivores, a dog’s diet is made up of mostly animal products, making their waste unsuitable for soil enrichment. Leaving pet waste on the ground or concentrating it in one specific area of the yard can create brown spots in the grass and have a detrimental effect on soil quality.

Finding a Trusted Partner for Pet Waste Management

Thankfully, there are actionable solutions to combat this fecal dilemma. Responsible pet ownership entails diligent waste removal, benefiting not only one’s family but also the wider community and environment. Community managers and homeowner leaders can implement effective strategies in the community to address the pet waste issue that both educates and motivates residents to keep their surroundings clean. Calling in help from a pet waste management company can make the process of removing poop from your community seamless.

DoodyCalls is your trusted partner in effectively managing pet waste within your community. Our expert team works closely with community managers and homeowner leaders to develop customized management plans that address every aspect of pet waste removal for the unique needs of your property or community.

At DoodyCalls, we understand that maintaining clean and sanitary communal spaces is essential for fostering a pleasant living environment. That’s why we offer a range of services to ensure thorough waste removal throughout your property. Whether it’s supplying and maintaining pet waste stations strategically placed for convenient access, or conducting routine patrols to collect waste from courtyards, lawns, and other outdoor areas.

In addition to our core waste removal services, DoodyCalls provides ongoing support and assistance to communities in managing pet waste effectively. Our team is readily available to address any concerns or issues that may arise, offering prompt and professional guidance to ensure continued cleanliness and hygiene. We also offer educational resources and materials to help promote responsible pet ownership and encourage community members to do their part in keeping shared spaces clean.

With DoodyCalls by your side, you can rest assured that pet waste management is in capable hands. One call to us stops the calls to you. Pet poop complaint calls will cease thanks to our seamless solutions and reliable and efficient waste removal services. Together, we can create a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone to enjoy.


DoodyCalls is the industry leader in pet waste management, providing turnkey solutions to communities of all shapes and sizes. We are solutions-oriented and passionate about partnering with communities to make the world a happier and healthier place for people and pets.