There is an old saying that many Americans agree on: “dogs are a man’s best friend.” Close to 80% of Americans own a dog, and many consider their pets to be a part of their family. In fact, some people buy a home just so they can have a pet, since many rentals won’t allow them. Because we are involved in the homeowners association industry, we feel it necessary to take care of our clients’ beloved pets as well as the appearance of their community.
Research shows that the health of your pet can be improved by simply keeping the back yard clear of pet waste. Rather than spending thousands of dollars for a veterinarian, homeowners can protect their dogs by simply keeping things clean.
We all agree that dog droppings are offensive and can often result in a huge mess. If there is dog waste in your yard, one can easily step on the droppings and possibly track it into your home. This could bring in, worms, bacteria, and other parasites which can cause harm to you or your dog. This is a frequent cause of a dog’s illness and can result in a long cycle of sickness until the waste is disposed of properly. The best way to keep your dog healthy and your lawn looking presentable is to pick up after your dog.
Unfortunately, things aren’t always that simple. In some associations, the problem is so bad that the association is forced to take extreme measures just to keep things clean. For example, look at the companies that take DNA samples of the dogs in an HOA. When you see a waste violation somewhere within the community, the company uses the DNA to tell exactly whose pet that waste belongs to. The pet’s rightful owners then receive a fine for the violation. This is one example of how far HOAs and condos have had to go, all because homeowners refused to pick up after their pets.
We hope this informative blurb about the health and safety of your pet is useful for you and your homeowners association as a whole. Luckily, if you do not have time to pick up the waste, your association can always hire a pet waste removal service. This may be more convenient for owners, but will always cost the association unnecessary money.