According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average dog discards approximately three quarters of a pound of waste per day. Over the course of one year, it adds up to 275 pounds per dog, most of which ends up in the yard. Collectively deposit approximately 62.7 million lbs that is a lot of doody!
Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. In 1991, it was labeled a non-point source pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency, placing it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease, and toxic chemicals; and acid drainage from abandoned mines. According to the EPA, two- or three-days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles to swimming and shell fishing.
In addition, unattended pet waste presents several human health hazards to families, communities, and their pets. Bacteria, worms, and other parasites thrive in waste, eventually washing away into the water supply. Ringworm, roundworm, salmonella, and giardia are examples of such bacteria, all of which are found in dog feces and are easily transferable upon contact.
Roundworm, for example, is one of the most common parasites found in dog droppings and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil and water for years. How prevalent is roundworm? A CDC study found 14 percent of Americans tested positive for them.
WHAT CAN YOU/WE DOO?
We service many homes on water ways in Foster City, Redwood City, Redwood Shores & San Mateo. Don’t forget about all those creeks running behind our properties in all of our areas such as Hillsborough, Burlingame, Woodside, Atherton etc. It is vital that we clean up after our pets because it doesn’t take a lot of waste to contaminate our waterways. We have found when we volunteered to clean up along the creeks that residents have thrown the waste over the fence next to creeks and the Bay, not realizing how toxic it is.
We service many houses in these areas, when the days are short and work hours late it becomes especially hard to keep clean. When we doo get rain the frequency of clean up becomes vital.
We are here to doo our duty to help you keep your yard doody free and the environment healthy. If the doody becomes too much, let us take on the duty!