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Health

Toxic Dog Waste
Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. In 1991, it was labeled a non-point source pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), placing it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals; and acid drainage from abandoned mines. Read more >>

Community Pet-Waste Concerns
In the dog-eat-dog world of real estate, an area is only as good as its steadily increasing property values. And for areas overrun by smelly piles of dog poop, the “feces factor” could prove the weakest link to many homeowners and rental property managers. Read more >>

Whipworms
Whipworms are small, parasitic roundworms that have a tail shaped like a whip and live in the small intestines of dogs and other mammals. Whipworms attach themselves to the wall of the large intestine and feed off the blood of the dog.  Read more >>

Giardia
Giardia are parasitic, single-celled organisms called protozoa that live in the small intestine of dogs. Giardia protozoa prevent nutrients from being properly absorbed through the dog’s small intestine. Many dogs carry the infection, but do not display the disease. While these dogs show no symptoms of infection, they are highly contagious. Read more >>

Fecal Coliform Bacteria
Fecal coliforms include bacteria that may or may not originate from feces. Measuring for fecal coliforms reveals the overall contamination of water with E. Coli and other pathogens. Read more >>

Canine Parvovirus (Parvo)
Canine parvovirus is a very contagious small virus that affects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. In young puppies, it may also damage the heart muscle. Canine parvovirus is commonly referred to as “parvo.” Read more >>


Environment

TMDL
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is essentially a pollution budget that the EPA has established for communities. TMDL is comprised of point and non-point source pollution. For example, a leaky sewage pipe is a source of point pollution because pollution coming from the pipe can be clearly identified. Read more >>


Lawn Care & Cleaning Tips

Yard Health: Treating Brownspots
If you have a dog, then your lawn probably has at least a few — and probably more — brown spots. Urine burns. The purpose of this article is to help you understand why urine causes the grass to die and what you can do to reduce the effects of dog urine on your lawn. Read more >>

Cleaning Dog Waste From Carpet & Upholstery
Cleaning pet stains completely and successfully from fabric can be difficult, but it is worth the extra time it takes to do it correctly. Aside from making your home look and smell dirty, areas that have dog poop or urine odor will attract your dog back to the area where he will go again — and again — and again! Read more >>


Dog Behavior

Stop Your Dog From Marking
Marking behavior is a learned behavior and once it starts, it is very difficult to stop. It is much better to prevent your dog from marking in the first place, than to correct the behavior once it has started. Read more >>

Stop Your Dog From Eating His Poop
Dog poop eating is GROSS, but not necessarily detrimental to your dog’s health, and it can generally be stopped. Sometimes Coprophagia (when your dog eats his poop), can be an indication of more serious problems though, and you should have your pal checked out by a vet. Read more >>


Cat Behavior

Training Your Kitten or Cat to Use the Litter Box
Welcome to potty training 101—for you and your cat that is! Just as potty training a toddler takes some time, patience and commitment, so will training your kitten or cat to use the cat box. Read more >>

Is Your Cat “Poo-Pooing” His Litter Box?
Does your cat tend to use your house as his bathroom instead of the litter box? The problem could be the litter box itself. If your cat is neglecting to use his litter box, perhaps you have been neglecting it too? Read more >>

How to Dog-Proof a Litter Box
Sure, you may expect your cat and dog to fight like cats and dogs, but you probably weren’t expecting this little twist: as you round the corner to grab a midnight snack, you catch Fido making a midnight snack out of your cat’s litter box (yes, your dog is feasting on cat poop!). Read more >>

5 Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Litter Box from Smelling
Just because you can’t see your cat’s litter box doesn’t mean you can’t smell it. Here are 5 helpful hints for keeping cat box odor to a minimum. Read more >>

Toxoplasmosis and Litter Boxes
t seems like everywhere you turn there is new news on what to avoid while pregnant. The list of what to watch out for can be daunting. One such hazard you may have heard or read about is avoiding your cat’s litter box while you are pregnant (thankfully, cleaning your cat’s litter box is one job you may not mind giving up for a while). Read more >>

DailyProgress

The Daily Progress: January 24, 2011 A Charlottesville-based company has a cleaning solution for cat owners who don’t like to clean up their furry one’s waste. DoodyCalls, a national pet waste removal company, has expanded its services to help cat owners. For a weekly fee starting at $15, company employees will come to a client’s READ MORE>>

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